Financial aid that you are fully approved for automatically "authorizes" toward your tuition and fees. Authorized financial aid can be viewed on your student account in Lighthouse. If your authorized financial aid amount is greater than or equal to the total tuition & fees you owe, then the Business Office won't drop your for non-payment (called "purge").
Students who aren't fully approved for enough financial aid may send an email to FA@GULFCOAST.EDU (from their official student address) or visit the financial aid office in person to request a financial aid "deferment." Financial aid deferment requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis per Florida Statute 1009.27 and Gulf Coast State College Manual of Policy (MOP) 7.022. If you are approved for such a deferment, but your financial aid does not eventually disburse by your deferment's due date, then you are immediately responsible for all outstanding tuition and fee charges.