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Emergency Funds

Federal CARES Act / GGC's Student Emergency Fund

The Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides economic relief for college students who qualify. GGC’s Student Emergency Fund provides assistance to GGC students in need. Email questions to cares@ggc.edu.

Qualifications for CARES Act economic relief?

Title IV and Pell Grant eligible students (based on completed FAFSA) enrolled in spring classes who transitioned to online after March 13, 2020 will automatically be awarded. All others will need to apply.

CARES Act/Student Emergency Fund Request form (login required)

Amount of CARES Act relief funding?

  • $900: Qualified full-time students (12 or more credit hours)
  • $450: Qualified part-time students (6-11 credit hours)

When to expect CARES Act funds?

Fund distribution began during the week of April 27 to qualified Pell Grant eligible students. Students who submit an application for assistance would receive any approved funds as soon as possible following a thorough review of the application.

Notification of CARES Act award?

Eligible students will receive an updated financial aid notification with their CARES Act award through their GGC Claw Mail email.

Disbursement of CARES Act funds?

If the student is eligible, CARES Act funds will be processed in Banner (login required). CARES Act funds will be disbursed by the student’s preferred method of payment on file with the College. For quicker delivery, we encourage students who are not currently enrolled in direct deposit to sign up through Student Account Center (login required).

Applying for additional CARES Act funds?

Funds may be available for students who have a FAFSA on file and who apply for assistance by completing and submitting the CARES Act/Student Emergency Fund Request form (login required). These requests will be granted based on the individual’s need and circumstance. Additional funding is intended for expenses related to the disruption of campus due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Applying for Student Emergency Fund assistance?

Students who self-identify their needs by completing a CARES Act/Student Emergency Fund Request form (login required) can apply for these funds regardless of whether or not they have completed a FAFSA form. The need will be evaluated and funds may be awarded based on eligibility and demonstrated need.

Didn’t complete 2019/2020 FAFSA for spring and summer fund requests?

Students who have not submitted a FAFSA application can complete and submit their FAFSA form as soon as possible (no later than June 30, 2020). In the event new FAFSA applicants receive Title IV eligibility status, GGC will work to provide CARES Act fund allocations to these students as soon as possible.

CARES Act award statistics?

GGC has awarded a total of $5,100,751 to 5,869 students from both the automatic awards and emergency fund requests.

GGC estimates that approximately 8,600 students may be eligible to receive CARES Act funding.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, volunteer services and financial need. They are designed to reward, encourage and assist students pursuing academic excellence and leadership. Awarded scholarships do not need to be repaid, but may have specific criteria for you to remain eligible (i.e., grade point average, major, etc.). Complete the appropriate year’s FAFSA to determine your financial eligibility.

Name: GGC Top Grizz Honors Scholarship
Who: New First-Year students accepted to GGC prior to December 1 (awarded fall semester only)   
Value: $1,000/year
Application: No application required

Award by committee prior to December 1. Limited number of scholarships will be awarded.
        
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Accepted to GGC by December 1 for priority consideration
  • Minimum of 3.5 high school core GPA  
  • Acceptance into Honors Program/Priority given to early applicants

Renewal:

  • Up to four years (automatic for those who meet requirements)
  • Maintain cumulative 3.5 GGC GPA
  • Continuous full-time enrollment. Successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year (excluding summer term)
  • Participation in the Honors Program
  • Renewal evaluated after spring semester. Up to four (4) years from initial award
  • Continuous full-time enrollment/registered for minimum twelve (12) credit hours per semester (excluding summer term).
  • Attend annual scholarship recognition event

Name: GGC Top Grizz Honors Transfer Scholarship  
Who: New Transfer Students accepted to GGC prior to December 1 (awarded fall semester only)
Value: $1,000/year
Application: No application required

Award by committee prior to December 1. Limited number of scholarships will be awarded.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3.5 transfer GPA (minimum thirty college transfer credits/maximum of sixty)
  • Acceptance into GGC by December 1
  • Admitted into the GGC honors program/priority given to early applicants   

Renewal:

  • Up to three years (automatic for those who meet requirements)
  • Maintain cumulative 3.5 GGC GPA
  • Continuous full time enrollment. Successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours  per academic year (excluding summer term)
  • Participation in Honors Program
  • Renewal evaluated after spring semester.  
  • Continuous full-time enrollment/registered for minimum twelve (12) credit hours per semester (excluding summer term).
  • Attend scholarship recognition event

Name: Presidential Academic Out-of-State Award
Who: New First-Year. Award at acceptance   
Value: Students awarded will pay the in-state tuition rate.
Application: No application required

Limited number awarded at time of acceptance to GGC. Priority given to early applicants.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3.0 core high school or transfer GPA
  • Transfer GPA of 3.0 based on all attempted college credit
  • Admitted to GGC as out-of-state student
  • Completed admission application by May 1 (for Fall) or Dec. 1 (for Spring)
  • Applicants must provide proof of lawful presence as outlined by the USG
  • Permanent address must be outside of the state of Georgia
  • Maximum one waiver awarded per student

Renewal:

  • Up to four years (automatic for those who meet requirements)
  • Maintain cumulative 3.0 GGC GPA
  • Continuous full-time enrollment. Successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year (excluding summer term)
  • Renewal evaluated after spring semester

Name: GGC Grizz Aspirational Grant (Recruitment)
Who: New First-Year Students (student awarded after successful fifteen (15) credits -3.0 GPA at GGC)
Value: $1,000/Year
Application: No application required

Limited number awarded at time of acceptance to GGC. Priority given to early applicants

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Maximum of 3.0 core high school GPA
  • Admitted to GGC
  • Priority given to early applicants

Renewal:

  • Up to 3.5 years (automatic for those who meet requirements)
  • Maintain cumulative 3.25 GGC GPA
  • Continuous full-time enrollment.  Successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours per academic year (excluding summer term)
  • Renewal evaluated after spring semester.
  • Attend annual scholarship recognition event

Grants

Grants are awarded to students who demonstrate a financial need and do not have to be repaid. Complete the appropriate year’s FAFSA to determine your financial eligibility.

Steps to Apply for Scholarships and Grants

  1. Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  2. Log in using your FAFSA ID.
  3. Begin and complete the current-year FAFSA.
  4. List GGC's Federal School Code of 041429, OR
  5. Complete a GSFAPPS at GAfutures.org to be considered for HOPE scholarship funds only.

Opportunities

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is a federally funded program that provides need-based grants to undergraduate students earning their first bachelor's degree. Review information about the Federal Pell Grant and complete an appropriate year’s FAFSA to determine your eligibility. Students receiving the Federal Pell Grant may also be eligible for other types of financial aid.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is a federally funded program that provides need-based grants to undergraduate students earning their first bachelor's degree. Review information about FSEOG and complete an appropriate year’s FAFSA to determine your eligibility. Students receiving the FSEOG may also be eligible for other types of financial aid.

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HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship

The HOPE Scholarship and Zell Miller Scholarship are merit-based scholarship programs with specific academic and grade point average eligibility requirements. The Georgia Student Finance Commission administers these programs.

Students must complete a current-year FAFSA or the Georgia Student Finance Commission Application (GSFAPPS) to apply for either scholarship. For additional details on HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, visit GAfutures.org to view program regulations and eligibility criteria.

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GGC Scholarships

GGC Scholarships are GGC Foundation funded scholarships awarded, in part, on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Review individual scholarships for additional eligibility criteria. Complete an appropriate year’s FAFSA and the GGC Scholarship application (login required) to determine eligibility (after Grizzly Orientation).

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