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Who is eligible to receive financial aid?

There are several factors that determine eligibility for Federal Student Aid. The most basic eligibility requirements are:

Legal Requirements

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Eligible Noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Be working toward a degree or certificate in an eligible program
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25
  • Must not be in default of a federal student loan or owe the U.S. Department of Education for overpayment of FSA funds from a previous school year.

Education Requirements

  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Have a High School diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate
  • Completed a high school education in a home school setting approved by your district’s Superintendent
  • Pass an approved ability-to-benefit test if you don’t have a high school diploma or GED certificate.  GCC can administer the ability-to-benefit test, please contact the Testing Center to make arrangements.

Drug Convictions

  • If you have been convicted for the possession or the sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid, you will be ineligible for a period of time based on the type and number of convictions.
  • If you have lost federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility. You must complete the FAFSA Drug Conviction Worksheet to determine if you’ve completed a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. Drug Conviction Worksheets are available online and in the financial aid office.

Which students are not eligible to receive financial aid at GCC?

  • Early Entrant and Early Transitions students are not eligible to receive financial aid at GCC. Students and parents with questions about early entrance can contact the Admission Office for detailed information.
  • Students who are auditing classes will not receive financial aid at GCC for those classes.  Students must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program with the college in order to receive any form of student financial aid.  Likewise, classes offered through continuing education are not financial aid eligible.
  • International students are not eligible to receive federal student assistance while attending GCC. All international students and their sponsors should contact the Admission Office for detailed information about admission criteria and the required documentation.

 

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