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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 https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/FGMG.pdf for more information.
    • Application
      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • 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 and answers 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 Expected Family Contribution below the cutoff established by Florida Statute
      • Renewal:
        • Same as initial criteria

       Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to Expected Family Contribution, 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.

    • Awards
      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 https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/FSAG.pdf for more information.
    • Application
      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • 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 Expected Family Contribution below the cutoff established by Florida Statute
      • Renewal:
        • Same as Initial Criteria above plus –

          • 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


      Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to unmet need, Expected Family Contribution 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.

    • Awards

      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.  Please visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/FSAG-CE.pdf for more information.
    • Application
      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • 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
        • Expected Family Contribution below the cutoff established by Florida Statute
      • Renewal:
        • Same as Initial Criteria above plus –

           

          • 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


      Potential students will be sorted and ranked according to unmet need, Expected Family Contribution 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. 

    • Awards
      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.  Please visit https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/factsheets/HDGAP.pdf for more information.
    • Application
      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • Florida resident
        • 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
      • Renewal:
        • Same as Initial Criteria above, plus earn a minimum institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale

      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. 

    • Awards
      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 & Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may - or may not - be based on financial need, that is funded by Gulf Coast State College's Foundation. Visit https://gcscfoundation.org for more information.
"Institutional" Grants & Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may - or may not - be based on financial need, by Gulf Coast State College.
  • Gulf Coast Book Scholarship (GCBOOK)
  • Gulf Coast State College Commodore Grant (GCCOMM)
    • Description

      Grants designed to facilitate structured student interventions. Funded by GCSC's Foundation.

    • Application

      The Financial Aid Office automatically awards GCCOMM to students.

    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • A completed FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution
        • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
        • In danger of being purged from classes due to a tuition & fee balance
        • Active student enrolled in a degree or certificate program
      • Renewal:
        • Not renewable
    • Awards
      • Award amounts vary
      • Does not prorate
  • Gulf Coast Certificate Grant (GCFACG)
    • Description

      Grants for students enrolled in certain Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs. Funded by GCSC's Foundation.

    • Application

      The Financial Aid Office automatically awards GCFACG to students, but please contact us if you believe that you are eligible.

    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • A completed FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution
        • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
        • Active student enrolled in certain Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs
      • Renewal:
        • Same as initial criteria
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students enrolled in non-Title IV eligible Career & Technical Certificate (CTC) programs
      • Up to $600 per semester
      • Does not prorate
  • Gulf Coast Financial Aid Fee Vocational Grant (GCFAVC)
    • Description

      Grants for students enrolled in clock-hour vocational/career certificate programs.  Funded by the Financial Aid Fee that students pay.

    • Application

      The Financial Aid Office automatically awards GCFAVC to students, but please contact us if you believe that you are eligible.

    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • A completed FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution
        • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
        • Active student enrolled in a clock-hour vocational/career certificate program
      • Renewal:
        • Same as initial criteria
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students enrolled in non-Title IV eligible clock-hour vocational/career certificate programs
      • Up to $600 per semester
      • Does not prorate
  • Last Mile Completion Program (GCMILE)
    • Description
      Award designed to help students finish their first associate or baccalaureate degree. Funded by GCSC’s Foundation.
    • Application
    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • Florida resident
        • Good academic standing at GCSC
        • College credit earned from GCSC within the last eight academic years before the year GCMILE funding is received
        • Not enrolled in the semester preceding the semester in which GCMILE funding is received
        • Within 12.0 or fewer credit hours of completing first associate or baccalaureate degree
        • Active student enrolled in a degree program during GCSC’s fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters
      • Renewal:
        • Not renewable
    • Awards
      • Up to 100% of tuition and fees that are not already covered by other forms of financial assistance or Veteran’s / Active Duty benefits, but only after a student successfully passes the remaining courses they need to graduate.
  • Gulf Coast Need-Based Grant (GCNEED)
    • Description

      Grant that helps students who need assistance.  Funded by GCSC's Foundation.

    • Application

      The Financial Aid Office automatically awards GCNEED to students, but please contact us if you believe that you are eligible.

    • Criteria
      • Initial:
        • A completed FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution
        • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
        • Pell grant ineligible for the semester in question
        • Active student enrolled or applying to a degree or certificate program
      • Renewal:
        • Same as initial criteria
    • Awards
      • Packaging priority will be given to students -
        • with an Expected Family Contribution greater than the highest Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution for the award year in question
        • who haven't already been awarded a grant or scholarship
      • $1,200 per aid year that splits evenly between fall & spring semesters
      • Amounts prorate for three-quarter-time, half-time, & less-than-half-time enrollment
Departmental Scholarships: Gift aid awarded to eligible students, which either may or may not - be based on financial need, by various departments at 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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