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Register to attend classes the fall semester after you graduate. 

*Must enroll in at least 12 credit hours.

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Receive the Gulf Coast Guarantee

$700 per semester  ($2,800 total)

*This is an estimated 60% off the cost of our tuition for 12 credit-hours!


Frequently Asked Questions


You don’t have to. We’ll use the information provided in your application for admission to GCSC along with your high school transcript to verify eligibility. 

No. The Gulf Coast Guarantee is not a loan and will not have to be repaid. 

$1,400 per year – $700 in the fall and $700 in the spring – which could pay up to 60% of your tuition & fees, depending on how many credit hours you take.

You will still get the Gulf Coast Guarantee!

The Gulf Coast Guarantee is a “first-dollar” program. This means that being awarded other aid does NOT impact your eligibility for the GC Guarantee. Some grants and scholarships only pay if there’s still a balance after all other sources of aid have been applied, but that is not how the Gulf Coast Guarantee works.

You will still get the Gulf Coast Guarantee!

The Gulf Coast Guarantee does not have an income threshold, so your family’s income doesn’t matter.

No, your eligibility for the Gulf Coast Guarantee is not based on the FAFSA. However, we do highly encourage students to complete the FAFSA every year, as they may be eligible for additional sources of financial aid.
You must enroll in the fall semester immediately following graduation. 
You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12.0 credit hours (full-time status) to receive the Gulf Coast Guarantee.
As long as you continue to enroll in at least 12.0 credit hours and meet the renewal criteria, you will continue to receive the Gulf Coast Guarantee until you graduate from GCSC.
You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 and successfully complete (grade of “D” or better) a full-time course load (24 credit hours) in the academic year funded. Renewal will be evaluated after each spring semester. Students who fail to meet renewal criteria due to illness, death in the family, or other special circumstances may submit an appeal request.

Please contact our Financial Aid Department

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Sarah Livingstone
"With work, practice, and classes, it can be very difficult. But the Gulf Coast Guarantee has taken the worry off of my shoulders, and I don't have to worry about money as much."
Sarah Livingstone, Arnold High School Graduate
Physical Therapist Assistant Program 
Soverin Tyson
"The Guarantee has helped pay for my books and other resources that I need for school. It has also helped me take some time off from work and just really focus on school."
Soverin Tyson, Mosley High School Graduate
Computer Science Program
Regan Helmlinger
"The Gulf Coast Guarantee has helped me in more ways than I can imagine! With this support, I am able to focus on nursing school and dedicate my full attention towards getting my degree"
Ragan Helmlinger, Franklin County Virtual School Graduate
Practical Nursing Program
Maleah Scott
"The Guarantee has helped me concentrate my focus onto just the education portion of school rather than having to worry about worrying if I can pay for school or not."
Maleah Scott, Bay High School Graduate
Psychology Program
Levi Dickey Rutheford High School Student
"The Gulf Coast Guarantee has given me a great opportunity to excel as a student without having to worry as much about finances."
Levi Dickey, Rutherford High School Graduate
General Studies
Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.