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! (Please note that 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 www.fafsa.gov. Select Gulf Coast State College (school code 001490) when completing your FAFSA 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 two business days after submission.
If further information is necessary then you’ll receive an email in your official
GCSC email inbox (…@my.gulfcoast.edu). Requirements will also be posted on your Lighthouse account so please visit https://www.gulfcoast.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/documents-forms/misc/viewing-financial-aid-eligibility-requirements.pdf for information on how to access your financial aid requirements in Lighthouse.
The state of Florida has a scholarship opportunity that is potentially 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 http://www.ffmt.org/?e=applicant-signup&itemcategory=23514 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 https://www.gulfcoast.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/loans in the “Federal Direct Loan Procedures” section. Information on the teacher loan forgiveness program that the U.S. Department of Education offers can be found online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher.
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 us by emailing FA@GulfCoast.edu to ensure that you meet enrollment requirements each semester.