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GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

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).
  • Federal Pell Grant (PELL)

     

    • Description
      A grant provided by the federal government to qualified students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) below a threshold designated annually by the U.S. Department of Education, based on the amount of program funds appropriated by Congress. Apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Criteria
      Please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell for the most current information.
    • Award Amounts

      Awards may prorate for three-quarter-time, half-time, and less-than-half-time enrollment depending on a student's EFC. 

      The information below illustrates an example of 2015-2016 Pell Grant eligibility for one semester when an annual award is $5,775 (0 EFC):

    • Lifetime Eligibility

      The amount of Pell grant funds you may receive over your lifetime is limited to the equivalent of six years of Pell Grant funding, i.e. twelve (12) semesters. 

     
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
    • Description
      A supplemental grant provided by the federal government to qualified students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients and funds must be awarded in lowest EFC order.   Apply using the FAFSA.
    • Criteria
      Please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/fseog for the most current information.
    • Award Amounts
      Awards may prorate for fall, spring or summer semesters.  Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FSEOG disbursement.
     
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)
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 Assistant 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 may prorate for the fall and spring semesters.   Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FSAG disbursement. The chart below illustrates an example of 2015-2016 FSAG eligibility for one semester when an annual award is $2,000:

  • Florida Student Assistant 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 may 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, and:
      • 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).
  • Bright Futures Scholarships (BFACAD, BFACF, BFMEDC, BFMEDD, BFMEDF, BFGOLD, or BFTOP)
    • Description

      A state scholarship program awarded to high school students who meet certain academic requirements. Students must apply online by submitting a Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) prior to graduating high school.  Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/bfmain.htm for more information.

      There are four types of Bright Futures Scholarships:

      • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS)
      • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS)
      • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV)
      • Gold Seal CAPE Scholars (GSC)

      Bright Futures Scholarship students will receive a letter or email from the Florida Department of Education notifying them of their eligibility.   That correspondence will describe the procedures for the student to follow to ensure they receive their funds at the appropriate institution.  If GCSC is the selected school and the student receives the letter of eligibility by July 1, the scholarship may be used to pay fees if the student has completed an application for admission and declared a major prior to registration!  If fees are not paid by the scholarship at the time of registration, the student should contact Rowena Gammons @ 850-872-3844 or email at rgammons@gulfcoast.edu.

      Students attending two schools may request a consortium agreement from the financial aid office to ensure that the scholarship pays for all hours enrolled.

    • Awards

      Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFHandbookChapter2.pdf for award information.

      Bright Futures recipients will receive a fixed award per credit hour

      • The award on Lighthouse will reflect a full-time award, but will only disburse the amount for the number of credit hours for which they are enrolled.
      • You may owe some money after Bright Futures is applied, no matter which scholarship you have. 
      • Make sure all fees are paid by the due date or your classes will be dropped.
    • Repayment for Courses funded by Bright Futures that are Dropped/Withdrawn
      Students are required to repay their Bright Futures Scholarship for any course dropped or withdrawn, unless an exception is recommended by the financial aid office.  Exceptions must be based on a verifiable illness or emergency beyond the student’s control.  Students must provide an appeal including documentation to the FA Office within 45 days from the last day of the semester. Students will be notified if their appeal is approved or denied.

      Repayment for the cost of dropped or withdrawn courses is required to renew a Bright Futures awards for a subsequent academic year.
    • Renewal 

      Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf for more information.

      In order to renew your scholarship for the following year, you must meet certain renewal criteria.   At the end of the spring semester, GCSC will submit your grades and hours to the state.  Students may request that the FA Office use summer grades towards these renewal requirements by logging to Lighthouse, selecting the 'Financial Aid' block and clicking the 'Bright Futures Request' link.

    • Restoration

      Please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/PDF/BFHandbookChapter3.pdf for more information.

      Bright Futures recipients who do not meet credit hour or GPA renewal requirements may have the opportunity to restore their award in a subsequent academic year.  Restoration criteria depends on when the student graduated from high school. If you have any questions please contact Rowena Gammons @ 850-872-3844 or email at rgammons@gulfcoast.edu, or call Bright Futures toll-free at 1-888-827-2004.

  • Scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans ( CDDV )
    • Description

      The scholarship for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans (CDDV) provides funding for tuition and registration fees for dependent children and un-remarried spouses of qualified Florida veterans.

    • Eligibility

      Eligibility will be determined by Florida department of Veterans Affairs.

      • A Florida Financial Aid Application completed by April 1st
      • A complete and error-free Form CDDV-1 submitted to  the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs by April 1st  (Form CDDV-1 corresponds to Question 31a-g on the FFAA)
    • Criteria & Awards
      For further information regarding criteria and award amount information, please visit http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/factsheets/CDDV.pdf.
  • Benacquisto Scholarship Program (FIS)
    • Description
      The Benacquisto Scholarship Program is a merit scholarship for 2013-14 Florida high school graduates and thereafter who receive recognition as a National Merit® Scholar.  Eligible scholars will receive an award equal to the institutional cost of attendance minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit® award.  An initial application is not required.
    • Criteria & Awards
  • Jose Marti Scholarship (MARTI)
  • Rosewood Family Scholarship  (ROSE)
    • Description

      The Rosewood Family Scholarship Program was created to provide student financial assistance for a maximum of 50 eligible students who attend a state university, Florida college (public community college), or public postsecondary vocational technical school. Eligible students must be direct descendants of Rosewood families affected by the historical incidents of January 1923. Applicants are required to supply the descendant information on the Florida Financial Aid Application for verification. Funds for the Rosewood Family Scholarship are contingent each year upon the appropriations made available to the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) by the Florida Legislature.

    • Criteria & Awards
Foundation Grants: Gift aid awarded to eligible students with unmet financial need by Gulf Coast State College's Foundation.
  •  Foundation  Bright Futures  ( FNDBF )
    • Description
      A need and merit based scholarship provided by GCSC’s Foundation to students who've received Bright Futures Scholarship.
    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Eligible students must also be a FL Bright Futures Scholarship recipient

      Students who qualify for little or no grant assistance but still have financial need will be given priority over students eligible for the Pell grant.  These students would only qualify for Stafford loans, so this scholarship would reduce the amount they may need to borrow. Awarding is contingent upon available funding from GCSC's Foundation.

    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as Initial Criteria above.
    • Awards
      • Awards may prorate for the fall and spring semesters
      • Students with less than half-time enrollment are not eligible for FNDBF disbursement
  • Foundation Student Assistance Grant (FNDSAG)
    • Description
      A grant provided by GCSC's Foundation.
    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • An unusual situation, as determined by a majority vote conducted by a committee of GCSC & GCSC Foundation administrators, that hinders continuation or re-entry in college
    • Renewal Criteria
      Not renewable.
    • Awards
      Up to $400 per semester.
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.
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 designed to facilitate structured student interventions.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA with a valid EFC
      • Unmet need, based upon federal methodology
      • Satisfactory Academic Progress
      • In danger of being purged from classes due to a tuition & fee balance
      • Eligible students must have authorized / disbursed aid or an out-of-pocket payment towards their bill
    • Renewal Criteria
      This grant is not renewable.
    • Awards

      Amounts vary.

  • Gulf Coast State College Need-Based Grant (GCNEED)
    • Description

      Grant that assists full-time students who aren't eligible for federal Pell grant.

    • Initial Criteria
      • A completed FAFSA*, by GCSC's FAFSA priority deadline, with a valid EFC** greater than the highest Pell eligible Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for the award year in question
      • At least $600 of unmet need
      • Satisfactory Academic Progress
      • Full-time enrollment
    • Renewal Criteria
      Same as initial criteria.
    • Awards

      $600 per aid year, split evenly between fall & spring semesters.

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.  Gulf Coast State College does not endorse these resources.

Please note:  All grants and scholarships are dependent upon available funding

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