Category: Financial Aid

Need money for college? Galveston College is here to help!

Galveston College’s goal is to never let finances stand in the way of student success. In fact, the Galveston College Financial Aid office has helped thousands of students find resources to pursue their educational and professional goals at no cost to them.

The majority of students at Galveston College qualify for financial aid, and the Financial Aid office provides students with information about the types of financial aid available and how to apply for financial assistance.

“Galveston College does not want finances to be the obstacle to students seeking degrees and classes that count toward a bachelor’s degree or career training for today’s in-demand jobs,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We want students to contact us so we can work with them individually to share information about financial aid options and resources.”

Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, said it’s important for Galveston College to spread the word about financial aid opportunities.

“There are funds out there, and we want to help students receive the assistance they need,” he said. “We have so many scholarships and grants to assist in paying for college. We’re here to help future and current students explore their options.”

Available Funding

Grants
Grants are awarded to students with financial need and do not have to be repaid unless a student withdraws from school, stops attending, or owes a refund. There are two types of grants awarded by Galveston College—federal grants and state of Texas grants.

Federal Grants
The Federal Pell Grant is awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The Pell Grant does not have to be repaid.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is awarded to eligible undergraduate students who show exceptional financial need. The actual amount will vary depending on the availability of funds and other financial aid the student is receiving.

Emergency Grants
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Galveston College must pay a certain percentage of those funds to current students in the form of emergency financial grants. Students can apply the funds from emergency grants toward emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, healthcare (including mental healthcare), and childcare.

Texas Grants
The Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) is a state financial aid program designed to assist students attending state-supported colleges. To be eligible, students must show financial need and make satisfactory academic progress toward their educational goals. The actual amount of the grant will vary depending on the availability of funds at the school, the student’s family financial condition, and other financial aid the student is receiving.

The Texas Education Opportunity Grant (TEOG) was established to assist financially needy students at Texas public two-year colleges. The TEOG is awarded to students in their first 30 hours of their college program who have financial needs and have minimum half-time enrollment.

Galveston College also has secured funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Texas Reskilling Support Program. This program aims to support displaced Texas workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic who need to learn new skills or further develop current skills to return to the workforce, as well as Texas students who were previously attending Galveston College for a certificate or degree but have not completed it.

In addition to grants, Texas has a variety of exemptions and waivers. Exemptions are a type of financial assistance that allows some Texas residents to attend a public college or university in Texas without paying tuition or, in some cases, tuition and fees. For more information please check out www.collegeforalltexans.com.

Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial needs, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses.

Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of the Galveston Island community, Galveston College has one of the most robust scholarship programs of Texas community colleges.

Universal Access
Universal Access Scholarships are provided by the Galveston College Foundation to ensure that every eligible high school graduate–or equivalent, who resides in the Galveston College taxing district has the opportunity to attend college and receive an associate degree or workforce certificate. These students are not eligible for federal or state funding–often because their income exceeds eligibility limits, yet they still need financial assistance to complete their studies and graduate. For information, visit https://gc.edu/universal-access/.

Privately Funded and Institutional Scholarships
Galveston College offers a variety of privately funded and institutional scholarships to graduating high school seniors, transfer students, and currently enrolled students. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships have been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor. For a list of these opportunities and application, visit https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/.

Emergency Scholarship
The purpose of the Emergency Scholarship is to provide monetary relief to students for unexpected circumstances that may significantly interfere with their ability to attend college. For more information, visit https://gc.edu/emergency-scholarship/.

Military Benefits
Students may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous federal and/or state programs. Student veterans and dependents are encouraged to visit the Veterans Administration education website for the most current information about education benefit programs: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/education_programs.asp.

Loans
Students loans, unlike grants and work-study, are borrowed funds that must be repaid, with interest. Student loans should be considered only after students have exhausted all avenues for free financial aid such as grants and scholarships. Galveston College participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Federal Direct Loans include Direct Subsidized and Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct PLUS Loans.

Laptop Loan Program
A computer is now required for every class at Galveston College; therefore, a laptop loan program has been established to assist students who need off-campus computing resources. For more information about the laptop loan program, click here: https://gc.edu/laptop-loan-program/.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

To maximize their opportunity to receive financial aid for fall 2021, students should complete the Galveston College enrollment process as soon as possible.

To begin the financial aid process, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) on a desktop or laptop at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is also available on mobile at the myStudentAid app.

Galveston College’s school code is 004972.

Galveston College will use information from the FAFSA to compile a financial aid offer, which may include a combination of grants, loans, and work-study. Remember, federal student aid must be used for school expenses such as tuition, room and board, and books and supplies.

For assistance in completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid office at Galveston College at (409) 944-1235, visit https://gc.edu/financial-aid/, or email finaid@gc.edu.

For information about scholarships, visit the scholarship websites and contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu.

For more information about Galveston College admissions, visit https://gc.edu/steps-to-enroll/, call (409) 944-1230, or email admissions@gc.edu.

To register for classes, visit the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall, Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or register online via myGC on the Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu.

Scholarships available at Galveston College

Galveston College opens scholarship application for 2021-22 academic year

The 2021-22 application for Galveston College scholarships is available online at https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships have been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
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.
Visit https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/ and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
For more information about Galveston College scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu.
Scholarships available at Galveston College

Galveston College opens scholarship application for 2021-22 academic year

The 2021-22 application for Galveston College scholarships is available online at https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships have been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
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.
Visit https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/ and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
For more information about Galveston College scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu.

College Foundation announces endowment of Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts

The Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors has announced the creation of the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts endowment at Galveston College.

The new scholarship will foster the development of aspiring culinary arts professionals enrolled at Galveston College. The first recipients of the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts will be announced in spring 2021.

“The Vandy I knew loved good food. You could frequently find him along with his food enthusiast friends enjoying the culinary achievements of all his favorite restaurants. This scholarship honors Vandy’s love for Galveston’s culinary gastronomic community and those that chose to take up that life’s work. The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy scholarship means that students will be able to pursue their dreams and our local hospitality industry will have a skilled workforce,” said Jeri Kinnear, chair of the Galveston College Foundation.

Ann Anderson, Vandy Anderson’s sister, said she is thrilled and grateful to everyone in the community who supported the family in establishing the endowed scholarship.
“We are so honored by the establishment of this scholarship that lovingly will be named after Vandy, to whom education, history and the island were so very important,” Anderson said. “By supporting culinary student talent, this scholarship will celebrate our Vandy’s passion for life, support for education, and love of family and community – not to mention a fine meal!”

Vandy Anderson passed away on April 16, 2016. He was 73. He started his radio career at KILE radio and would become the owner/manager of KGBC for more than 30 years. Broadcasters inducted him into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2014.
“Vandy served his community in numerous ways as a broadcaster, trustee, chair or adviser for organizations across Galveston until his passing,” said Paulie Gaido, retired Galveston restaurateur. “The scholarship honors his legacy in the Galveston community and his love for the people of the island.”

Gaido’s book, “Entertaining at Home with Fresh American Seafood and Exceptional American Wine,” which he wrote with his wife Mary Kay, helped raise funds locally to honor the much-beloved man known as the “Voice of Galveston” during his long tenure at KGBC.

“On behalf of our culinary arts program and our culinary students, I want to thank all of those who made this endowment possible for their generous and thoughtful gifts,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “This scholarship will honor Vandy’s memory and celebrate his passion for life, the joy of cooking and the importance of the culinary arts. We are grateful for and humbled by the Anderson family’s decision to honor Vandy in this way.”

Currently, there are several scholarships available for those interested in the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy. Application information is available on the college website at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/available-aid/scholarships/ and from the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu.

To make a gift to the Vandy Anderson Scholarship Award in Culinary Arts or for more information about the Galveston College Foundation, please contact Dr. Van Patterson at (409) 944-1205 or vpatterson@gc.edu.
Spring 2021 Scholarships News Post

Spring 2021 scholarship application available

Need money for college? Now is the perfect time to complete an application for Galveston College scholarships for spring 2021!

Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to deserving students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.

The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages currently enrolled students, graduating high school seniors, transfer 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.

Visit https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/ and complete one application to be considered for the Galveston College scholarships. 

Follow the instructions and submit the application with attached short essay, copy(ies) of high school or college transcript, two letters of reference, and other supplemental information by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

Contact finaid@gc.edu with any questions.

Make a move to get real money for college. Apply for financial aid

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.