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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Pell Grant:

Withdrawals & Grades:

OTHER QUESTIONS:

  • The amount of my financial aid award doesn't look right in Lighthouse. Can I call you and discuss it?
    We are very limited to what we can discuss on the phone unfortunately due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This is for your own protection, since we cannot verify who someone is over the phone. We prefer that you visit the financial aid office in person instead.  You may also send an email from your GCSC email account to fa@gulfcoast.edu.
  • Will I automatically receive a Stafford loan offer?
    No!  Please visit https://www.gulfcoast.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/loans for more information.
  • Can I receive federal financial aid for a class that I am repeating?

    It depends:

    • A course that you are repeating, which has not been previously completed with a passing grade, may count towards enrollment status with regard to the awarding of Title IV funds as long as you are achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress or are on an approved SAP appeal.
    • A course that you are repeating for the first time, after having previously completed with a passing grade once, may count towards enrollment status with regard to the awarding of Title IV funds as long as you are achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress or are on an approved SAP appeal.
    • A course that you are repeating that has already been passed once and already repeated after the first passing grade may not count towards enrollment status with regard to the awarding of Title IV funds.
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