Educator Preparation Institute

Financial Aid for Students enrolled in the Educator Preparation INSTITUTE

Fully admitted EPI students may be eligible for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant and Stafford Loans! (Full EPI admission requires a passing score on the subject area exam or an “eligible” Statement Of Status Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education.)

Applying for federal financial aid starts with submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at When completing your FAFSA, select Gulf Coast State College (school code 001490) and be sure to answer the following question as indicated:

Question: “What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 20XX-20XX school year?”

Answer: “Teaching credential (nondegree program)”

The Financial Aid office will receive your FAFSA around one to two business days after you submit. If further information is necessary then you’ll receive an email in your official GCSC email inbox (… Requirements will also be posted on your Lighthouse account. Please visit for information on how to access your financial aid requirements in Lighthouse.

The state of Florida has a scholarship opportunity that is available to GCSC EPI students.  The Minority Teacher Education Scholars program is a performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students administered by the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers.  Awards can be up to $4,000 and it is recommended that you visit to apply for this scholarship. 

If you are interested in borrowing a federal student loan then please also complete the three steps detailed online at in the “Federal Direct Loan Procedures” section.

Some forms of federal financial aid, like Direct Loans, require students to register for least six credit hours a semester. Don’t hesitate to contact the Financial Aid office in order to discuss your program of study so you can ensure that you meet enrollment requirements each semester.