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

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


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