GGC's changing the game in higher education with access to a four-year degree for more people, including those who might have never considered college.
We offer a high-quality, attentive education for a lot less money, and GGC has consistently been highly ranked for its affordability by the U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) annual College Compass rankings of U.S. colleges and universities.
The Office of Financial Aid is here to provide you and your family with information that will help you find funding for your education at GGC, whether through scholarships, grants, loans or a combination of resources.
We want you to succeed and are happy to assist you with applying for funding, counseling and maintaining eligibility for various types of aid. You will find many of our forms and resources online. Don't see what you need? Give us a call at 678.407.5701.
Applying for Aid
- Complete a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA serves as the initial application for all federal grants and loans in addition to being one of the ways you can apply for HOPE Scholarship.
- Review changes to the 2017-2018 FAFSA application process. Students will be able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016-2017 schedule. The FAFSA became available Jan. 1 as in previous years.)
- Read the College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA® fact sheet for more information about upcoming changes.
- Take note of the deadlines to apply.
- For the 2016-2017 FAFSA, you must have your previous year’s tax returns accessible and your parent’s previous year’s tax returns if you are a dependent student.
- Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from a prior tax year (PPY). For example, on the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
- If given the option, it is important you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the financial portions of your FAFSA. Using this tool expedites the FAFSA process. Learn more about linking your taxes to FAFSA using the IRS's Data Retrieval Tool.
- If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your student's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one student attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address. An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites.
- The FSA ID replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN on May 10, 2015.
- When completing the FAFSA, use GGC’s Federal School Code: 041429.
It's helpful to be sure to print and complete a FAFSA on the Web worksheet to help you complete the FAFSA online. Also, if you're only interested in receiving the HOPE Scholarship, you can fill out a HOPE Scholarship application through the Georgia Student Finance Application (GSFAPP). The GSFAPP is a one-time only application that does not have to be renewed each year.