Financial Aid Information for EPI Students
As an EPI student, you are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, including
the Pell Grant and Stafford Loans. However, to be able to use any financial aid for the EPI program, a student must be fully admitted into the EPI program.
The first step to receiving aid is applying. You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov to determine your eligibility. To complete this application, you will need to use your previous year's tax return. When completing the FAFSA, be sure to answer the following question as indicated:
- Question: "What degree or certificate will you be working on during the school year?"
- Answer: Check the box for "Teaching credential (non-degree program)."
- Also, be sure to use the GCSC school code, which is 001490.
Completing the FAFSA ensures that the GCSC Financial Aid Office will process your
application to determine your eligibility. If further information is needed, you will
receive an email message and items will be posted on your Lighthouse account. Check
your GCSC email often, as all Financial Aid correspondence will be sent to that account.
Be sure to check Lighthouse for information, too. If you are interested in applying
for a Stafford loan, you can contact the GCSC Financial Aid Office. Keep in mind that
it could take up to 4-6 weeks to process financial aid applications, so start early.
For questions, you can contact the Financial Aid Office at 872-3845 or visit Financial Aid online.
Becoming fully admitted
For you to be able to use any financial aid for the EPI program you must be fully admitted into the EPI program. This requires that you have one of the following:
1. a passing score on the subject area exam
2. an "eligible" Statement of Eligibility (SOE) from the Florida Department of Education.
Note: Only The Florida Department Education can determine your certification requirements. Certification requirements are determined by FLDOE, not GCSC. Visit www.fldoe.org/edcert to learn more.
Obtaining a Statement of Eligibility
In order to obtain a Statement of Status of Eligibility, you must first apply for teacher certification with the Florida Department of Education. On the main menu on this page, under "New Florida Certification," click on "Career Changer or College Graduate of a Non-Education Program." Read the site, click "Begin the Steps to Certification" at the bottom of the page, then complete Step 1. This requires you to:
- complete an application form
- pay $75.00 for each subject for which you are seeking teacher certification
- send OFFICIAL transcripts to DOE
- send copies of any teaching certificates you presently hold (from other states) to DOE
Once completed, you move to Step 2. A Statement of Status of Eligibility (SOE) is automatically generated and sent to you. You then provide a copy to the EPI office. Keep in mind that it could take 6-8 weeks for FLDOE to process the application and issue the SOE.