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Grants and Scholarships

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Financial aid is any grant, scholarship, part-time employment opportunity, or student loan that helps you pay for your educationally related expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, books).  Financial aid may be provided by federal, state, institutional, or private agencies.  Use the menus below to learn about the various financial aid options that are available at Gulf Coast.

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, plus 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 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. Visit https://gcscfoundation.org for more information.
Institutional Grants: Gift aid awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by Gulf Coast State College.
  • Gulf Coast State College Commodore Grant (GCCOMM)
    • Description

      Grant that is funded by GCSC's Foundation and is designed to facilitate structured student interventions.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • In danger of being purged from classes due to a tuition & fee balance
    • Renewal Criteria
      This grant is not renewable.
    • Awards

      Amounts vary.

  • Gulf Coast Financial Aid Fee Certificate Grant (GCFACG)
    • Description

      Grant that is funded by the Financial Aid Fee and GCSC's Foundation for students enrolled in certain Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Enrolled in certain Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs
    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as initial criteria.
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students enrolled in non-Title IV eligible programs.
      • Up to $600 per semester.
  • Gulf Coast Financial Aid Fee Vocational Grant (GCFAVC)
    • Description

      Grant that is funded by the Financial Aid Fee for students enrolled in vocational programs.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Enrolled in a vocational program
    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as initial criteria.
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students enrolled in non-Title IV eligible programs.
      • Up to $600 per semester.
  • Gulf Coast Need-Based Grant (GCNEED)
    • Description

      Grant that is funded by GCSC's Foundation and assists students who aren't eligible for federal Pell grant.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Ineligible for Pell grant disbursement
      • Not awarded a Gulf Coast Grant or Bright Futures / Foundation scholarship
      • Enrolled or applying to a degree or certificate program
    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as initial criteria.
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students with an EFC greater than the highest Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the award year in question.
      • $1,200 per aid year that splits evenly between fall & spring semesters.
      • Amounts prorate for three-quarter-time, half-time, & less-than-halftime enrollment.
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.
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Please note:  All grants and scholarships are dependent upon available funding

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