Students Rights and Responsibilites and Eligibility

GCC 2018-19 Catalog - Page 25

Students Rights and Responsibilites and Eligibility a statement that enrollment in a program of study abroad

approved for credit by the home institution may be

considered enrollment in the home institution for purposes

of applying for financial aid,

the general conditions and terms applicable to

employment provided as part of a financial aid package,

the requirements for entrance and exit loan counseling,

the requirement of GCC’s refund policy as well as the

federal requirements for the return of grant or loan


the private loan counseling requirements,

the NSLDS information,

the requirements for officially withdrawing from the


the GCC Code of Conduct and

the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)




Students have the right to know

What financial assistance is available, including

information on federal, state, and institutional financial

aid programs?

What is the cost of attendance and what are the policies

for students who withdraw?

What criteria are used to select financial aid recipients and

what are the deadlines for submitting applications?

How is financial need determined and how are costs for

tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies,

travel and miscellaneous expenses, etc. considered in a


What resources (such as family contribution, other

financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating

financial need?

What funds are in the student’s financial aid proposal and

an explanation of the various funds and what portion of

the aid received must be repaid and what portion is grant


How is academic progress determined and what happens

if the student is not making progress?

Students are responsible for







Reviewing the information about programs at GCC before


Completing a financial aid application accurately and on

time.(Intentional misreporting on the application forms

for federal financial aid is a violation of law and is

considered a criminal offense subject to penalties under

U.S. Criminal Code). Students must file a Free

Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.

Submitting all verification, correction and/or new

information requested.

Reading and understanding all the forms the students are

asked to sign and retaining copies of the documents as

well as accepting responsibility for all agreements signed.

Informing the loan servicer of changes in the student’s

name, address, or enrollment status if the student has

borrowed a FFELP or Direct loan.





Performing work in a satisfactory manner during participation

in the Federal College Work-Study Program.

Knowing and complying with the deadlines for applications

and renewal applications.

Knowing and complying with the refund procedures.

Attending classes.


All students who have been accepted for admission to Gogebic

Community College and who apply for financial assistance receive

consideration. No student is denied the opportunity for financial aid

because of race, color, or creed. When determining a student’s need,

the financial resources of the student’s immediate family are

considered along with any special circumstances. (In awarding aid to

eligible students, aid is not only targeted toward the neediest student

but is also awarded based on the timeliness of application.) A number

of scholarships are awarded based on merit considerations in addition

to those based on need.

NOTE: A student is not eligible for federal financial aid if their program

length is less than six months.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to

receive funding from federal and state sources:

Demonstrate financial need (determined by the Free

Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA).

Earn a high school diploma or a General Education

Development Certificate (GED). Certificates of completion

do not qualify a student for financial assistance.

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student

working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program.

(Personal Enrichment, Job Upgrade, Guest or Other are not

eligible programs.)

Enroll in courses required by the degree or certificate.

Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

Have a valid social security number.

Register with the Selective Service, if required.

Not be in default on any Title IV Higher Education Act loan

and/or not owe a refund on a Title IV Higher Education Act

grant for attendance at any institution.

Not have any convictions for the sale or possession of illegal

drugs depending on the date of conviction.

Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by GCC.

Apply for financial aid every year.

A student’s file is incomplete until they receive a financial aid

proposal from the GCC Financial Aid Office. Students are

ineligible for financial aid until the proposal is received and

they are accepted in to an eligible program.


There are a few programs at GCC not financial aid eligible. Students

who are accepted for enrollment in the following programs are

ineligible to receive federal financial aid.

Certified Nursing Assistant Program


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