Financial Aid

Financial Aid

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Will the extended spring break or move to distance learning impact my financial aid? A1: For most majors, as long as you are able to complete your courses, your aid should not be impacted. Law Enforcement, Practical Nursing, and Dental Assisting students should email
Q2: Will I have to pay back my financial aid if I’m unable to complete my courses due to COVID-19? A2: Our faculty will be as flexible and accommodating as possible as we work on finishing the spring semester. We encourage you to contact your instructors, as they may be able to provide you options. If you are receiving federal financial aid (Pell Grant, Direct Loans, etc.) and are unable to complete the semester, current law requires the college to perform a calculation that may result in money being returned to them. For this and other reasons, we encourage you to work with your instructors and do your best to complete as much as possible.
Q3: How can I contact the financial aid office?

A3: The financial aid office will be working remotely wherever possible during this situation, so the best way to contact us in the meanwhile is to email If you call us, please leave a voicemail with your student ID (A#) so we can reply to your official GCSC email address with a response.

Q4: Where can I find further updates regarding COVID-19? A4: You can visit or

The Financial Aid office at Gulf Coast State College serves students by providing information and access to financial aid programs. We are committed to high-quality customer service and continually strive to improve the accurate processing of financial aid to students in a fair, consistent, and efficient manner.

Meet the Financial Aid Team

Financial Aid Advisor & Verification Specialist


(850) 913-3286

Financial Aid Advisor & Verification Specialist


Panama City Campus (Monday through Thursday) = (850) 747-3240
Gulf/Franklin Campus (Friday) = (850) 227-9670 ext. 15519

Financial Aid Specialist

State, Transient, & Campus-based Funds

(850) 872-3844

Financial Aid Advisor & Verification Specialist


(850) 872-3863

Financial Aid Specialist

Pell Grant, federal & private loans

(850) 873-3517

Financial Aid Assistant I

front desk/general information

(850) 872-3846

Financial Aid Systems Specialist

system & processing support

(850) 872-3869

*Financial aid information will be provided to national origin minority persons with limited English language skills in their native language.  Ms. Backus interprets Spanish and will obtain the assistance of other GCSC employees with the skills necessary to interpret financial aid information in other languages.

*Información sobre la asistencia económica para estudiantes se proporcionará a las personas de origen nacional minoritario con conocimientos limitados en inglés, en su lengua nativa. La Señora Backus interpreta español y si es necesario puede obtener la asistencia de otros empleados de GCSC con habilidades para interpretar la información sobre la asistencia económica para estudiantes en otros idiomas.