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Apply to Gulf CoastState College


Enroll in at least 12 credit hours per semester


Receive $1,400 per year for college costs (up to $2,800)

Q. What's the Catch? A: No Catch!

You don’t have to. We’ll use the information provided in your application for admissions to GCSC along with your high school transcript to verify eligibility. 
Yes. The GC Guarantee does not have an income threshold, so your family’s income doesn’t matter.
No, your eligibility for the GC Guarantee is not based on the FAFSA. Although, we do highly encourage students to complete the FAFSA every year, as they may be eligible for additional sources of aid.
You must enroll in the fall semester immediately following graduation. How many classes do I have to take to get the GC Guarantee? You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12.0 credit hours (considered full-time) to receive the GC Guarantee.
$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.
Yes. Although some grants and scholarships only pay if there’s still a balance after all other sources of aid have been applied, the GC Guarantee is a “first-dollar” program. This means that being awarded other aid does not impact your eligibility for the GC 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 GC Guarantee until you graduate from Gulf Coast.
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.
No. The GC Guarantee is not a loan and will not have to be repaid. Who can I contact for further questions? Please email

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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.