GCC 2018-19 Catalog - Page 29



semester. These costs will increase or decrease based on
the actual enrollment status. The student will not know the
exact amount of their direct costs to GCC until the student
registers for their classes and charges are generated. The
student will also owe GCC for housing costs if the student
is staying in on-campus housing.

The aid proposal is based on the financial information
reported on the FAFSA. Students are entitled to an
explanation of the award process, which includes the
financial aid budget, expected family contribution and
financial aid proposal. Questions regarding any aspect of
this process should be addressed to the GCC Financial Aid
Office.

Students are required to report all changes in their
financial status to the GCC Financial Aid Office.
Adjustments may need to be calculated. This also includes
the receipt of any grants/scholarships from outside of
GCC such as a high school, MI Works, MI Rehab, WI
CEP, etc.

Students are required to pay their tuition and fees before
they begin attending classes. Full payment is due the first
Friday of the first week of classes.

Grants, scholarships and student loans may be available to
use to pay for the tuition and fee charges. If available, the
aid amount will be stated on the billing statement. Any
tuition and fee balance remaining after aid is used must be
paid in full by the due date. If there is remaining aid on the
account after all tuition/fee and housing (if applicable)
charges have been deducted, it can be used to purchase
class related books and supplies in the college bookstore.

Students may use cash, checks, credit cards or GCC’s
payment plan to pay any outstanding charges. Payments
are submitted by mail or in person to the Business Office
in Room 209 of the Rutger Erickson Academic Building
or by calling 906-307-1205. Call the Business Office to
receive information on GCC’s payment options.

Financial aid is reconciled with the student’s enrollment
status each semester at the end of the drop/add period.
(Students must enroll in six or more credits per semester
in their program of study to be eligible for student loans.)
A student may receive a check for living expenses if there
is a credit balance remaining on their account after all
direct school charges have been deducted. The Financial
Aid Office will officially disburse all funds to the student
accounts on the 31st day of the semester. (Prior to this date,
the amounts have been estimated.) Expense checks will
be disbursed to the students the sixth week of classes.

If a student totally withdraws from GCC or quits attending
classes before 60% of the semester enrollment period has
passed, the student will need to pay a portion of their
financial aid back to GCC and/or the federal financial aid
programs. If a student fails to begin attendance in any
class, the class will not be counted in the student’s
enrollment status for financial aid purposes and may result
in the student paying a portion of their financial aid back
to the financial aid program. Repayment can occur at any
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time during the academic year depending on the receipt of this
information by the GCC Financial Aid Office.

GCC is required to establish satisfactory academic progress
standards for the students receiving federal and state financial
aid assistance. Satisfactory academic progress measures the
student’s performance by cumulative grade point average,
completion rate of courses and maximum time limits to
complete the program. If a student does not meet these
standards, they could be terminated from receiving any future
financial aid, including student loans. These standards are
outlined in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standard
section.

College work-study placements will be made in July/August
and mailed to the student along with the program guidelines.

Students are not allowed to receive financial aid at two
institutions during the same enrollment period. GCC does not
participate in consortium agreements as the home institution.

A student must enroll in classes in their program of study.
Financial aid will not pay for courses that are not needed to
fulfill the student’s degree or certificate requirements

There are some courses and programs not financial aid
eligible. A student cannot receive financial aid for ENG 090,
ENG 091, MTH 090 and MTH 091. A student also cannot
receive financial aid if they are enrolled in the following
programs: Certified Nursing Assistant, Cosmetology
Instructor, Nail Technician, Emergency Medical Services
Specialized Study and Ski Lift Maintenance/Operating
Training. Students who are only planning on enrolling in CJC
101, CJC 102, CJC 103, CJC 104 and CJC 105 to meet the
requirements for local and state corrections officers do not
qualify for federal financial aid.
Students must complete the three steps in How to Apply
for a Federal Direct Student Loan before any loan
proceeds can be disbursed. The financial aid proposal may
have indicated the student was eligible to receive a student
loan, but this does not mean the student has applied for
the loan. If a student requests a loan amount greater than
what is listed on the Financial Aid Proposal or the student
receives additional financial aid in excess of $500, the
student may be required to fill out a Budget Worksheet.
Students who are only enrolled for one semester must have
their loans disbursed in two disbursements. This means a
student may not receive a living expense check until the
middle of the semester. Also, a student loan cannot be
certified after the student is no longer enrolled. Parent
loans are also available. Contact the GCC Financial Aid
Office for additional information and visit studentloans.gov.

All students must file a FAFSA every year. Financial aid is not
automatically renewable.

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