Below you will find a listing of topics relating to the financial aid process at Glendale Community College (GCC). To go to a specific topic, click on the appropriate link below.

Helpful Hints For a Successful Application Process

How Do I Qualify For Financial Aid?

How Much Am I Eligible For?

Forms, Forms, Forms...

How Am I Notified?

How Do I Receive Funds?

Disclaimer

Helpful Hints For a Successful Application Process

Apply for admission to Glendale Community College. Officially declare a program goal on your admission application.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be completed on line at FAFSA on the Web.  The 2014-2015 FAFSA will be used to determine your eligibility for federal financial aid for the Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 terms.
  • Complete the 2014-2015 BOG Application form (for Summer 2014 thru Spring 2015). Students can also be evaluated for BOG eligibility when the results of their FAFSA are reviewed.  The Board of Governors (BOG) fee waiver is a California Community Colleges financial aid program for California residents that waives the enrollment fees for students.
  • Use your legal name on all documents.  Your name, Social Security number, and date of birth must be correct on all college and financial aid forms.
  • Return all required documents promptly.  Make sure all forms have your GCC ID number listed and are signed by you and your parent (if required).
  • Keep photocopies of every form and document.
  • Submit all required documents immediately upon request to the Financial Aid Office.  We process your application based on the date(s) we receive your information, so it is to your benefit to respond to us as soon as possible.  If you have questions regarding any request we make please come by our office so that we can discuss your financial aid file.
  • View and read all links accompanying your award email, especially items regarding check disbursement procedures and Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.
  • The Financial Aid Office staff are available to help you with your forms.  If you have general questions you may also contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243).

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How Do I Qualify For Financial Aid?

Federal Financial Aid Eligibility 
To find out if you qualify for federal student aid you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and demonstrate financial need.  The results of your FAFSA are used by the Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility.  If the EXPECTED FAMILY CONTRIBUTION (EFC) is less than the COST OF ATTENDANCE (COA) established by the college, the difference is your NEED, which is used to determine your eligibility for most financial aid programs. 

2013-2014 GCC Standard Student Budgets

2014-2015 GCC Standard Student Budgets
The COA at GCC is based on federal guidelines and includes tuition & fees, room, board (meals), transportation, books, supplies and miscellaneous expenses. Other eligibility criteria, enrollment status and funding limitations determine how much a student may receive.

Living with Parent (9mos):
   
$1,256 - Fees (per sem; $46/unit Enrollment fee x13 units*/sem +$18 Health+ $12 Stud. Serv)
      1,746 - Books & Supplies - CSAC budget amount 
      4,600 - Room & Board - CSAC budget amount
      3,132 - Misc. Expenses - CSAC budget amount
      1,180 - Transportation - No change from 2010-2011
  $11,914 - Total

Living away from Parents (9mos):
   
$1,256 - Fees (per sem; $46/unit Enrollment fee x13 units*/sem +$18 Health+ $12 Stud. Serv)
      1,746 - Books & Supplies - CSAC budget amount
    11,494 - Room & Board - CSAC budget amount
      2,872 - Misc. Expenses - CSAC budget amount
      1,324 - Transportation - No change from 2010-2011
  $18,692 - Total

In addition, you must meet the other following general eligibility criteria:

  • You must be enrolled at GCC in an eligible degree, certificate or transfer program. Programs are described in the college catalog.
  • You must have one of the following:
        - High School Diploma
        - GED
        - State Equivalency Certificate
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, refugee, parolee or other eligible non-citizen.
  • Male students over the age of 18 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • You must not be in default on a prior student loan.
  • You must not owe a repayment on a federal student grant.
  • You must provide all documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  • You must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in your degree or certificate program.

Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOG)
You may complete the GCC BOG Application form to determine if you qualify for BOG A or BOG B.  If you do not qualify for BOG A or BOG B, the Financial Aid Office can use the results of your FAFSA to determine if you qualify for BOG C.

Cal Grant
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the deadline for applying for new Entitlement or Competitive Cal Grant is March 2, 2014.  An additional deadline for a new Competitive Cal Grant for community college students only is September 2, 2014.

Entitlement Cal Grants are available to all graduating high school seniors who meet the GPA and family income and asset requirements and file their FAFSA and high school GPA Verification form (or their high school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2 deadline. Students who do not meet these criteria should apply for a Competitive Cal Grant

Students who file a FAFSA and a GPA Verification form (or their school submits their GPA information electronically) by the March 2nd deadline will be considered in the first round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process.  Students who file a FAFSA and GPA Verification form by the March 2nd and/or September 2nd deadline and are enrolled in a community college for the Fall 2014 semester will be considered in the second round of the Competitive Cal Grant awarding process.  GPAs for GCC students who have completed at least 16 degree applicable units at GCC will be sent electronically to the California Student Aid Commission.  All other students may need to have a GPA Verification form completed by their Academic Counselor and submitted by the deadline.

EOPS Book Grants
EOPS Book Grants and other assistance is available through the EOPS Office.  Contact the Extended Opportunity Program and Services Office for more information about the services they provide.

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Forms, Forms, Forms...

Based on the information on your FAFSA, we may ask you to provide additional information (i.e. residency documentation or Social Security card).  In addition the U.S. Department of Education selects applicants for a process called verification.  If your file is selected we will ask you to provide copies of tax returns and to complete some additional forms.  It is the responsibility of the Financial Aid Office to administer federal funds according to the law and to ensure that only eligible students receive these funds.  Therefore, we reserve the right to request documents and other information that will provide the data necessary to accurately determine student eligibility.  Many forms can be printed directly from our website. Check out our Required Forms & Documents page for the BOG application, printable forms, and other commonly requested documents.

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How Am I Notified?

Once your financial aid file is considered complete, including any necessary corrections, an advisor will review your information and calculate the appropriate aid awards you qualify for at GCC.  Once this is done you will receive an Aid Award Notification via email directing you to MyGCC to review your awards.

Students who apply for a BOG Fee Waiver will receive a separate email indicating their eligibility, or they will receive an Aid Award Notification email stating their BOG eligibility.

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How Do I Receive Funds?

BOG Fee Waiver
This is a waiver of fees, not an actual cash payment that you receive as a check.  However, students who pay their fees prior to receiving a BOG will receive a refund from the Tuition Office.

Pell Grant, SEOG, Cal Grant
Federal and State grant funds are disbursed to you in the form of a check that is mailed to you according to the disbursement schedule referred to in your award notification email (see Disbursement Information).  After the first disbursement date of the semester checks are issued on a weekly basis for late awards and award adjustments.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)
The FWS award on your award letter indicates that you are eligible for FWS and the maximum amount you may earn.  The amount you actually receive will be based on the number of hours you work and your hourly rate of pay. Job opportunities, time sheets, and payroll information are available from Student Employment Services.

Student and Parent Loans
Once you meet all loan application requirements your information is electronically forwarded to the Department of Education (DOE). Then the DOE will electronically process the loan and send the monies to GCC.  After verifying your eligibility to receive funds, the check is then mailed to you by the Tuition Office.

Scholarship Checks
Scholarships received by outside agencies are mailed to you by the Scholarship Office.

Real Estate Scholarship Checks
This scholarship's checks are mailed to students by the Financial Aid Office once we receive the necessary state funding each semester.

Americorps Checks
Submit your Americorps voucher to the Financial Aid Office.  The voucher is processed and forwarded to the National Service Trust Corps in Washington, DC. Checks, when received, are mailed to students by the Tuition Office.

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Disclaimer

Glendale Community College and the Financial Aid Office provide this information for students, prospective students, and parents to help you make informed choices about your financial aid options. The information on this web page is compiled from a variety of state, federal, and College sources.

This information is subject to change due to changes in federal or state regulations, College policy, Financial Aid Office procedures, or budgeting by any agency supplying financial aid funding.  If you discover discrepancies with regard to other sources of information (federal publications, College publications, etc.), please notify us at finaid@glendale.edu.  The information on this web page is superseded by any federal, state, or College publication.

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Do you have comments or questions regarding our site? Contact us by e-mail at: finaid@glendale.edu  

Disclaimer: Some websites to which the Financial Aid Office provides links are for the convenience of users and are not managed or maintained by Glendale Community College. The College and the Financial Aid Office do not review, control, or take responsibility for the contents of those sites.

 

Last updated: 12/3/2014 3:17:43 PM