Category: Financial Aid

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2021-2022 FAFSA application opens Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now available on the Federal Student Aid website.

FAFSA is a free application for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study and loans. The application is also used by many states, such as Texas, and colleges to determine a student’s eligibility for state and college aid.

The FAFSA application can be filled out online or with the mobile app myStudentAid. The Financial Aid office at Galveston College recommends that current and new students file the application as soon as possible because some financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships and grants, may have individual deadlines.

According to the Federal Student Aid website, students who supply the FAFSA early have a better chance to be awarded Federal Work-Study because funds are limited.

Students looking to file their FAFSA are required to submit their federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of income. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to transfer income and tax information to the FAFSA application, rather than entering it by hand.

Students will also need their Social Security number, and alien registration number (if they are not U.S. citizens). FAFSA now requires an FSA ID and password that can be created on the FAFSA website. If a student is a dependent, the parent or legal guardian must also have an FSA ID and password. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online FAFSA by contacting the Galveston College Financial Aid office on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at finaid@gc.edu. Students should bring their families’ 2019 income and tax information.

2021-2022 FAFSA Applications

2021-2022 FAFSA application opens Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2021-2022 academic year will open on Thursday, Oct. 1.

FAFSA is a free application for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study and loans. The application is also used by many states, such as Texas, and colleges to determine a student’s eligibility for state and college aid.

The FAFSA application can be filled out online or with the mobile app myStudentAid. The Financial Aid office at Galveston College recommends that current and new students file the application as soon as possible because some financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships and grants, may have individual deadlines.

According to the Federal Student Aid website, students who supply the FAFSA early have a better chance to be awarded Federal Work-Study because funds are limited.

Students looking to file their FAFSA are required to submit their federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of income. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to transfer income and tax information to the FAFSA application, rather than entering it by hand.

Students will also need their Social Security number, and alien registration number (if they are not U.S. citizens). FAFSA now requires an FSA ID and password that can be created on the FAFSA website. If a student is a dependent, the parent or legal guardian must also have an FSA ID and password. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online FAFSA by contacting the Galveston College Financial Aid office on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at finaid@gc.edu. Students should bring their families’ 2019 income and tax information.

Galveston College Bookstore announces modified operating procedures for fall 2020

The Galveston College Bookstore has announced modified operating procedures for the fall 2020 semester.

Appointments Required
Appointments will be required for admission into the bookstore. Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 4, students should call the bookstore at (409) 944-1260 to make an appointment prior to coming to campus.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookstore occupancy will be limited to five students. Setting an appointment will help with the processing of students’ purchases, returns and buybacks.

Three Convenient Options
The Galveston College Bookstore is currently offering three options for students to order books and supplies:

  • Curbside pickup
  • In-store pickup
  • Online shipping

Curbside Pickup
Curbside pickup will be by appointment only and is located at the bookstore’s 41st Street/Jack Johnson Boulevard entrance, as well as three marked spaces in the Moody Hall parking lot. Students should call (409) 944-1260 to arrange a time for pick up.

In-store Pickup
In-store pickups will be by appointment only. Call (409) 944-1260 for an appointment.

Online Shipping
Online shopping is available at www.gcbookstore.com. Shipping charges will be applied to all online orders. Financial aid students require a pre-approval letter before charging their accounts.

Financial Aid Bookstore Charges
Students who are paying with financial aid (grants, loans and scholarships) should contact the Financial Aid Office first at finaid@gc.edu to determine eligibility. Financial Aid bookstore charges begin Aug. 17 and end Sept. 16. Financial Aid book voucher requests can be made via email. The request must come from a student’s Whitecaps email and must include the student ID number.

Students will order item(s) as usual through the website. In the notes section of the checkout screen, students should state one of the above delivery options and “financial aid” as a payment type before they finalize their transaction.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the bookstore at (409) 944-1260.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, Aug. 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Moonlight Madness Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 31-Thursday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule an appointment by calling (409) 944-1259 or (409) 944-1260.

Shop online at www.gcbookstore.com.

Apply now for Galveston College scholarships

Did you know the Galveston College Foundation and Galveston College offer numerous scholarship opportunities in addition to the dynamic Universal Access Community Endowment Scholarship?
Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, businesses and organizations, current and prospective students may apply for a wide variety of scholarships. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
Now is the perfect time for you or someone you know to complete an application for Galveston College scholarships for 2020-2021.
The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students, currently enrolled students and other deserving individuals to apply for scholarship monies. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year. Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.
Click here and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
Email the application to finaid@gc.edu or fax it to (409) 944-1505 by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
Graduating high school students who reside in the Galveston College taxing district have until June 9 to submit their applications for the Galveston College Foundation Universal Access Scholarship. Information regarding the 2020-2021 Universal Access Scholarship can be found at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-forms/.
Please contact finaid@gc.edu for assistance and with any questions.

‘Financial Aid 101’ Success Seminar set for April 18

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present a “Financial Aid 101” Success Seminar on Thursday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. in Room 251 of Regents Hall at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

 

Presenter will be Tyese Dunn, Galveston College financial aid coordinator.

 

“Participants of this workshop will learn the basics about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid awarding process and timeline, and the effect of scholarships and other outside assistance on financial aid funding,” said Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities at Galveston College. “

 

For more information, contact Parra at cparra@gc.edu.

Financial Aid hosts FAFSA Fiesta

The Office of Financial Aid will host a FAFSA Fiesta Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing West on the Galveston College campus.

The FAFSA Fiesta is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process.

Current and prospective students can get help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to having other questions answered. Students who complete their FAFSAs that day will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The FAFSA application period for the 2019-20 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2017 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.

FAFSA Fest is open to the public. Students planning to attend Galveston College, as well as other colleges and universities, are welcome to attend.

Garde Manger Buffet at Galveston College

Tickets available for Culinary Arts spring scholarship luncheon

Chef Paul Mendoza and his Culinary Arts students at Galveston College invite faculty, staff and the general public to join them for the spring scholarship luncheon on Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Mary Moody Northen Center at Galveston College.

The students will present a garde manger buffet with a variety of appetizers and savory bites. The buffet project is the culmination of the students’ study of charcuterie products like sausages, pates and terrines, as well as smoking and curing of meats/fish, hors d’oeuvres, salads and condiments.

There will be sweet items for dessert, as well.

Tickets are $20, and reservations may be made by calling Mari Macias at (409) 944-1404 or mmacias@gc.edu.

Proceeds help fund Culinary Arts scholarships for deserving students.

First-ever FAFSA Fest draws crowd

 

The Galveston College Financial Aid office hosted its first-ever FAFSA Fest in conjunction with the 2018 Fall Festival on Oct. 24 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

More than 50 students and their family members attended the successful event.

FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes challenging financial aid process.

Above, students and their families complete the FAFSA online. Below, Rachel Romero Leyva, financial aid specialist, and Jay Castillo, financial aid assistant, work with FAFSA Fest participants.

Scholarship applications available

Scholarship applications for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters are available in the Financial Aid office on the first floor of Moody Hall.

The deadline for application submission to the Financial Aid office is April 13.

For more information, contact Meghann Nash, director of financial aid, at mnash@gc.edu.

 

Applications for Harvey Student Relief Funds due Feb. 9

Students working with a counselor to complete formsGalveston College students who were directly impacted and suffered losses due to Hurricane Harvey can now apply for Harvey Student Relief Funds.

Application forms are available online and in the Galveston College Financial Aid Office and must be returned no later than Feb. 9.

These funds are not intended to replace financial aid, insurance coverage or FEMA funds for which students may be eligible.

This is a one-time allocation and priority will be given to those with documented home or auto damage with funds for expenses such as food, clothing, temporary shelter or replacing other basic essentials as a result of the storm.

Expenses covered by the fund may include but are not limited to:

  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Temporary housing or other accommodations
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings lost due to the storm
  • Medications and other costs related to medical care and safety needs

Expenses not covered by the emergency fund include but are not limited to:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable TV), household or furniture costs not related to damage or loss
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
  • Loan payments

Awards may range from $250 to $1,000. This funding does not have to be repaid.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must:

  • be a resident of a Texas disaster declared county.
  • have a financial hardship resulting from Hurricane Harvey impact.
  • be currently enrolled at Galveston College in at least six semester credit hours.
  • be in a declared major or certificate.
  • complete an application in full.

Applicants must submit copies of supporting documentation (i.e. FEMA approval, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) approval, insurance claim documents and/or approval from other relief agency directly related to Hurricane Harvey).

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (409) 944-1238 or email at mnash@gc.edu.