A college education will help an individual achieve career and monetary goals far greater than those without one. Students at GCC have utilized the following programs to assist them in meeting those goals.
Carl Perkins Grant
Carl Perkins grant assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis to students enrolled in an occupational program who fall into a special population category. Assistance is available to assist qualified students with tuition, fees and other allowable educational expenses. To be eligible for assistance, the student must be registered at least half-time; must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and must be a part of a special population category. All applicants are required to submit a FAFSA to determine the student's unmet need. Students will be ranked according to need and priority for financial assistance will be given to students with the greatest need, taking into account sources of financial aid from all sources. Special consideration will be given to students who may be experiencing unusual circumstances in their financial status which is not adequately considered in the regular need analysis structure. Special population include students with disabilities, those who are economically or academically disadvantaged, displaced homemakers, single parents, or are enrolled in a program not traditionally considered available to his/her gender, etc. Applications for this grant are available in the GCC Financial Aid Office. The average award amount per year is $500.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant (BIA)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs provides assistance to those students who are enrolled tribal members as proven by the member's individual tribe and who indicate a financial need as determined by the college in which the student is enrolling. Applications may be obtained by contacting the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the local tribal chairperson or the local tribal education department. In order to be considered for these funds, students must also submit the FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education.
Senior Citizens Tuition Waiver
Tuition rates are established by the Board of Trustees for Gogebic County residents, Out-of-District Michigan residents, and Out-of-State. Tuition charges for partial credit courses will be based on the next higher full credit charge.
Adults aged 60 or older who live in Gogebic County may take GCC credit courses tuition free provided there is space available. Seniors who live outside Gogebic County may take GCC credit courses for the difference between the in-district and out-of-district or out-of-state rates. All seniors are required to pay relevant institutional and course fees, purchase course textbooks and classroom supplies, and adhere to customary academic expectations.
Courses offered as C.E.D. or workshops (except that portion of the workshop that may be offered within the normal tuition structure) are offered on a cost plus basis as determined by the administration and available at the time of registration. All students, including senior citizens, will pay the established rates for these offerings.
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