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GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Federal Grants: Gift aid (not needing to be repaid) awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
State Grants: Gift aid awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
  • First Generation Matching Grant (FGMG)
    • Description
      A state and GCSC funded grant available to "first generation" students who meet eligibility criteria determined by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and who submit a FAFSA by GCSC's priority deadline.  Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/FSAG.pdf for more information.
    • Initial Criteria
      • Complete a FAFSA
      • Be a “first generation” college undergraduate student seeking an Associate or Bachelor degree
        • The FAFSA asks students about their parents’ education level
        • Answers for both parents must be either high school or middle school
      • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined through the FAFSA and financial aid office
      • Be a Florida resident as determined by the Enrollment Services office
      • Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree
      • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made
      • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
      • Enroll in at least 6.0 credit hours for each semester awarded
      • Have an EFC below the cutoff established by Florida Statute

       Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to EFC, unmet need and the date their financial aid file is complete.  A financial aid file is complete when the financial aid office has received and processed the FAFSA and all required documentation.  Students are awarded based on this ranking until funds are expended.  Awarding is contingent upon available funding from GCSC's Foundation and the Florida Department of Education.

    • Renewal Criteria

      Same as Initial Criteria above

    • Award Amounts
      Awards are a flat amount for the fall and spring semesters.  Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FGMG disbursement.
  • Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
    • Description
      A state funded grant available to students who submit a FAFSA by GCSC's priority deadline and meet eligibility criteria determined by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE).  Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/FSAG.pdf for more information.
    • Initial Criteria
      • Complete a FAFSA
      • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined through the FAFSA and financial aid office
      • Be a Florida resident as determined by the Enrollment Services office
      • Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree
      • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made
      • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
      • Enroll in at least 6.0 credit hours for each semester awarded
      • Have an EFC below the cutoff established by Florida Statute

      Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to unmet need, EFC and the date their financial aid file is complete.  A financial aid file is complete when the financial aid office has received and processed the FAFSA and all required documentation.  Students are awarded based on this ranking until funds are expended.  Awarding is contingent upon available funding from the Florida Department of Education.

    • Renewal Criteria

      Same as Initial Criteria above, and:

      • Earn a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale
      • Earn the following for each term an award was received during the academic year:

        • 12.0 credit hours for each term for Full-time enrollment
        • 9.0 credit hours for each term for 3/4-time enrollment
        • 6.0 credit hours for each term for 1/2-time enrollment
    • Award Amounts

      Awards prorate for the fall and spring semesters.   Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FSAG disbursement

  • Florida Student Assistance Grant - Career Education (FSAGCE)
    • Description
      A state funded grant available to students who submit a FAFSA by GCSC's priority deadline, meet eligibility criteria determined by the FLDOE and enroll in certain certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours.
    • Initial Criteria
      • Complete a FAFSA
      • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined through the FAFSA and financial aid office
      • Be a Florida resident as determined by the Enrollment Services office
      • Not have previously received a baccalaureate degree
      • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made
      • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements
      • Enroll in a minimum of 180 clock hours per term
      • EFC below the cutoff established by Florida Statute

      Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to unmet need, EFC and the date their financial aid file is complete.  A financial aid file is complete when the financial aid office has received and processed the FAFSA and all required documentation. Students are awarded based on this ranking until funds are expended.  Awarding is contingent upon available funding from the Florida Department of Education. 

    • Renewal Criteria

      Same as Initial Criteria above, and:

      • Earn a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale
      • Earn the following for each term an award was received during the academic year:

        • 360 clock hours (12.0 credit hours) for each term for full-time enrollment
        • 270 clock hours (9.0 credit hours) for each term for 3/4-time enrollment
        • 180 clock hours (6.0 credit hours) for each term for 1/2-time enrollment
    • Award Amounts
      Awards prorate for the fall and spring semesters.   Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FSAG - CE disbursement.
  • Honorably Discharged Graduate Assistance Program (HDGAP)
     
    • Description
      The Honorably Discharged Graduate Assistance Program (HDGAP) provides need-based veteran educational benefits in the form of supplemental living expenses during holiday and semester breaks.
    • Initial Criteria
      • Be a Florida resident
      • Be an active duty or honorably discharged member of the Armed Forces who served on or after September 11, 2001
      • Complete an error-free FAFSA
      • Have sufficient unmet need

      Potential students will be sorted and ranked by the date their financial aid file is complete.  A financial aid file is complete when the financial aid office has received and processed the FAFSA and all required documentation.  Students are awarded based on this ranking until funds are expended.  Awarding is contingent upon available funding from the Florida Department of Education. 

    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as Initial Criteria above, and:
      • Earn a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale
    • Award Amounts
      Students may receive up to $50 per day, for up to 20 days, for supplemental living expenses during holiday and semester breaks.
State Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may - or may not - be based on financial need, by the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
Foundation Grants: Gift aid awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by Gulf Coast State College's Foundation.
  • Foundation  Bright Futures  ( FNDBF )
    • Description
      A need and merit-based scholarship provided by GCSC’s Foundation to students who've received Bright Futures Scholarship.
    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Eligible students must also be a FL Bright Futures Scholarship recipient

      Students who qualify for little or no grant assistance but still have financial need will be given priority over students eligible for the Pell grant.  These students would only qualify for Stafford loans, so this scholarship would reduce the amount they may need to borrow. Awarding is contingent upon available funding from GCSC's Foundation.

    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as Initial Criteria above.
    • Awards
      • Awards may prorate for the fall and spring semesters
      • Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FNDBF disbursement
  • Foundation Student Assistance Grant (FNDSAG)
Foundation Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may - or may not - be based on financial need, by Gulf Coast State College's Foundation.
Institutional Grants: Gift aid awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by Gulf Coast State College.
Institutional Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may or may not - be based on financial need, by Gulf Coast State College.
Private Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may - or may not - be based on financial need, by private companies and organizations.  If you've been awarded a private scholarship then please contact GCSC's Business Office at (850) 872-3879 or BusinessOffice@GulfCoast.edu.
Gulf Coast State College does not endorse the following resources.
  • Bay Education Foundation
    • Description
      The purpose of the Bay Education Foundation is to support the educational development of our students by providing enhanced opportunities for a quality education and promoting greater community involvement in education.
    • Criteria
      Visit http://www.bayeducationfoundation.org for more information.
  • FastWeb
    • Description
      Since 1995, Fastweb has excelled in providing students with the resources to realize their educational pursuits, from the time they begin their college search in high school, to the day they land their first job after graduation.
    • Criteria
      Visit http://www.fastweb.com for more information.

Please note:  All grants and scholarships are dependent upon available funding

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