Financial Aid & Literacy
Demonstrated financial need will be determined from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). All students are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA to ensure every possible type of student aid will be considered in your financial aid package.
If you have any questions concerning how to complete the FAFSA, access the U.S. Department of Education’s website at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or contact the GCSC financial aid office toll free at 1-800-311-3685, ext. 3845 or in state at 850-872-3845 or log on to the GCSC website at www.gulfcoast.edu.
You may apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov . The GCSC school code is 001490.
If you would like to learn more about grants and scholarship through the GCSC financial aid office please click here: http://www.gulfcoast.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/grants-and-scholarships.html.
COMBINING SCHOLARSHIPS WITH OTHER FINANCIAL RESOURCES
Foundation scholarships can be combined or “stacked” with other forms of financial aid (i.e. Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Bright Futures, College Pre-Paid Plans, Work-study programs, other Foundation scholarships, or other outside scholarships). Recipients of general foundation scholarships may combine their award with other departmental or organizational scholarships. High School Honors scholarship recipients may combine their award with other Foundation departmental or organizational scholarships.
ADJUSTMENTS TO FINANCIAL AID
Scholarships are a form of financial aid. The awarding of Foundation scholarships may affect a recipient’s financial aid package because in some cases he/she may be limited in the amount of aid they can receive. If a scholarship recipient receives a scholarship in addition to their financial aid and it goes over his/her “unmet financial need” some of their sources of financial aid (student loans or scholarships) may be adjusted. In most cases, money is deducted from his/her loan(s) before it is taken from their grants or work-study to balance out the “need”. For more information, contact the GCSC Financial Aid Office.