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Office Of Financial Aid

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

  1. Apply for your FSA ID. This FSA ID allows you (and a parent, if applicable) to e-sign (electronically sign) the FAFSA and other important applications.
    Note: If you are a dependent student (or must report a parent's tax information on the FAFSA),your parent must apply for a separate PIN. Both you and your parent will need to e-sign the FAFSA.
  2. Once your FSA ID has been confirmed, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  3. On the FAFSA website, click on Start a New FAFSA. Then you will choose which FAFSA you should complete.
    • The 2016-17 Award Year includes Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017.
    • The 2017-18 Award Year includes Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018.

The FAFSA will ask you to provide federal school codes for all schools you want your FAFSA information sent to. GCTC's Federal School Code is: 013753.

It generally takes 3-5 business days for us to receive your FAFSA information from the Department of Education; you should review your To Do List on Student Self-Service for further instructions or if any additional documentation is needed.

Priority Dates for Financial Aid Documentation

Priority dates for submission of FAFSA and/or financial aid documentation are recommended dates for requested documentation to be submitted to the financial aid office. The dates are set to allow appropriate time for review and processing prior to term start dates. There is no guarantee that all processing will be completed by the term start date as there are a variety of items to be reviewed. Submission of documents may continue after the priority dates listed. However, after the priority dates, students may wish to discuss payment arrangements with the Business Office.

After review of submitted documents, additional documentation may be required to correct conflicting information. Notice of additional documentation is sent through Gateway email and/or mail.

Priority Dates for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018:

Summer 2017 (2016-17 FAFSA)
May 8
Priority date for all requested documentation for May 22 start date for 1st 5 week module (M03)
May 15 Priority date for all requested documentation for May 30 start date for Summer 8 week session (M02)
June 12 Priority date for all requested documentation for June 26 start date for 2nd 5 week module (M04)

Fall 2017 (2017-18 FAFSA)
July 15 Priority Date for all requested documentation for August 14 start date: Session 1 (16 week) and M03 (1st 8 week module) 
August 21 Priority date for all requested documentation for September 11 start date for 12 week module (M02) 
September 20 Priority date for all requested documentation for October 11 start date for 2nd 8 week module (M04)

Spring 2018 (2017-18 FAFSA)
December 4 Priority Date for all requested documentation for January 9 start date: Session 1 (16 week) and M03 (1st 8 week module) 
January 15 Priority date for all requested documentation for February 5 start date for 12 week module (M02)
February 19 Priority date all requested documentation for March 12 start date for 2nd 8 week module (M04)

Summer 2018 (2017-18 FAFSA)
April 23 Priority date for all requested documentation for May 14 start date for 1st 5 week module (M03) 
April 30 Priority date for all requested documentation for May 21 start date for Summer 8 week session (M02) 
May 29 Priority date for all requested documentation for June 18 start date for 2nd 5 week module (M04)

If you have questions please contact us or call 1-855-3GO-GCTC (1-855-346-4282).