Financial Aid

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name

Meghann Nash

 

Title Director of Financial Aid
Room M-170
Program Area Financial Aid
Phone 409-944-1238
Email mnash@gc.edu
Financial Aid  Email finaid@gc.edu

 

Galveston College offers many financial aid options to help you pay for college costs.

What is Financial Aid?

Financial aid is money that helps you pay for college. Financial aid can be a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study.

 

Grants (free money)

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Texas Public Education Grant
  • Texas Educational Opportunity Grant

 

Loans (borrowed money that you pay back)

  • Federal Direct Loan
  • PLUS Loans

 

Work-Study (part-time work)

  • Students with work-study jobs will work part-time on or off campus while enrolled.
  • Students will be allowed to work 10-19.5 hours per week.
  • View available positions

The purpose of the work-study program is to provide work experience and financial assistance to eligible students. Under this program a student can work part-time to earn money while enrolled in school. Work Study is available for undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time or part-time (minimum 6 hours). A student must have financial need which is determined by completing the FAFSA application for Federal Aid. Positions are available on campus as well as off-campus.

The College Work-Study program is administered by the Financial Aid Office at Galveston College. Students seeking employment may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Await notification from the Financial Aid Office of your financial aid status. If awarded financial aid or have financial need and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements, check the Financial Aid Office for current work-study positions available. The student allocations are determined by the availability of funds received from the federal and state resources and the student’s eligibility.

 

Scholarships (free money)

  • Universal Access
  • Galveston College Scholarships
  • Outside Scholarships
  • Emergency Scholarships
Prepare for the FAFSA®

 

Gather the documents below:

  • Social Security number
  • Alien registration number
  • Federal tax information or tax returns
  • Records of untaxed income
  • Cash, savings, and checking account balances
  • Investments other than the home in which you live

 

Create a FSA ID at: Studentaid.gov

An FSA ID is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use. You are not authorized to create an FSA ID on behalf of someone else, including a family member.

 

  • How to create a FSA ID video

  • What to do if I forgot my FSA ID/ Password:
    • If you have an FSA ID but do not remember your username, select Forgot Username
    • Note: If you verified your email address or mobile phone number during account creation, you can enter your email address or mobile phone number instead of your username.
    • If you have an FSA ID but do not remember your password, select Forgot Password.
      • Your password must be between 8 and 30 characters in length, and it must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number. Special characters are not required, but the following characters may be included as part of your password:
      • ! # $ % & ( ) * + – . : ; < = > ? @ [ ] ^ _ { } ~
      • Remember, your password is case-sensitive.

    • https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/pas/pub/ForgotUsername
Completing the FAFSA®

 

Go to: Studentaid.gov and log in using your FSA ID.

Access the FAFSA

 

Click on Access the FAFSA® form
If you are a new student, click Start Here. If you have completed a FAFSA® before, click on Log In.

New to the FAFSA® Process

To start the application click on I am the student

I am the student

 

Only students may use their FSA ID to log in. Parents and others can start a FAFSA® for a student by entering the student’s identifiers. Parents and others can also work on a FAFSA® form or correction the student started using the Save Key that the student made.

 

My FAFSA

The 2021-2022 is for the following semesters: Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022

  • Have your and/or your spouse’s/ parent(s) income handy for 2019

The 2020-2021 is for the following semester: Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

  • Have your and/or your spouse’s/ parent(s) income handy for 2018

Galveston College’s Federal School Code: 004972

Now you are ready to submit a FAFSA®! Need assistance? You may call 1-800-433-3243. CLICK TO CALL

 

Other Steps to take to get Financial Aid

 

  • All new and returning students must have a current admissions application on file with the Admissions Office. New students must have their final official high school transcript, GED® certificate, homeschooling record or ATB Alternative on file. Transfer students must have ALL FINAL OFFICIAL transcripts from any and all institutions of higher education on file with the Admissions Office.
How to Renew Your FAFSA® Application

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form applies to a single academic year. That means you need to submit a FAFSA® each year—and make sure you meet the FAFSA® deadlines for state and college aid to maximize the aid you could receive.

When you log in to renew your FAFSA® form, it’s prefilled with certain information from the prior academic year. You’ll need to provide new income and tax information and update any information that may have changed.

 

Follow These Instructions to Renew Your FAFSA® Form

  • Log in with your FSA ID username and password at fafsa.gov. Learn what to do if you forgot your FSA ID username or password.
  • Note: If you log in as a student on the myStudentAid mobile app and are eligible for a FAFSA® renewal, the renewal form automatically displays.
  • Update any prefilled information that has changed, and provide the requested financial information.
  • Sign and submit the FAFSA® renewal.

 

My FAFSA

The 2021-2022 is for the following semesters: Fall 2021, Spring 2022 and Summer 2022

  • Have your and/or your spouse’s/ parent(s) income handy for 2019

The 2020-2021 is for the following semester: Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021

  • Have your and/or your spouse’s/ parent(s) income handy for 2018

Galveston College’s Federal School Code: 004972

Now you are ready to submit a FAFSA®! Need assistance? You may call 1-800-433-3243. CLICK TO CALL

 

Other Steps to take to get Financial Aid

  • All new and returning students must have a current admissions application on file with the Admissions Office. New students must have their final official high school transcript, GED® certificate, homeschooling record or ATB Alternative on file. Transfer students must have ALL FINAL OFFICIAL transcripts from any and all institutions of higher education on file with the Admissions Office.
Priority Deadline Dates

It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their files are completed by the priority dates of:

  • March 30, 2021 for Summer 2021 semesters
  • June 10, 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester
  • November 8, 2021 for Spring 2022 semester

Students whose files are completed after the priority date should be prepared to pay out of pocket or set-up a payment plan with the Business Office.

 

Overview of the Financial Aid Process:

Prefer a mobile app? The FAFSA® form is on the myStudentAid app, available on the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (Android).

 

 

How to Avoid Delays

 

  • Use IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing you FAFSA®.
  • Provide consistent information.
  • Read all instructions.
  • Use your legal name — not nicknames — and your correct social security number.
  • If your parents are divorced, you must use the information for the parent you lived with most in the last 12 months. If that parent is remarried, you must also include the stepparent’s income. Be sure to provide the information requested about your parents.
  • Make sure you include 004972 on your list of school codes.
  • If you complete the FAFSA® electronically, don’t forget to sign using your FSA ID (a username and password). You (the student) will need a FSA ID as well as your parent(s). These are two separate FSA IDs.
  • Make a copy of your completed FAFSA® and all documents submitted to the Financial Aid Office for your records.
  • Check your Whitecaps email frequently and respond to all requests from the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

 

For questions regarding any of the above steps:

Contact Financial Aid Office at:

Phone: 409-944-1235

Email: finaid@gc.edu