Paying for College

 

 

 

FAFSA Application

The first step in applying for financial aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at www.fafsa.edu.

All students should review the application process which is found under General Information.

Note* FAFSA Federal School Code for Gogebic Community College: 002264

An applicant who has completed their file by March 1 and has established need, will be given first consideration for available awards. Students may generally expect to be offered a financial aid package fifteen business days after the file becomes complete. A student may apply for financial aid after the deadline and will be offered aid based upon the remaining available funds.

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Financial Aid Office
Gogebic Community College
E4946 Jackson Rd.
Ironwood, MI 49938

Telephone: 906-932-4231, ext. 206
1-800-682-5910, ext. 206
Fax: 906-932-2339

E-mail: suef@gogebic.edu (Director)
sharonf@gogebic.edu (Administrative Assistant)

 

Payment Plan

Tuition and fees must be paid in full by the first Friday of the first week of the semester. If financial aid, third party authorization or personal payment does not fully cover the tuition and fees, the balance remaining is expected to be paid or have an approved payment plan contract. Students will be dropped from courses if there is an outstanding balance and no payment arrangement has been made by the due date, following the payment dates and deadline procedure.

The payment plan is a contract to defer tuition and fees for students with outstanding balances that will allow them to stay in their courses and make college more affordable.  A minimum of a $100 payment is required to be made on the student account (personal, third party or financial aid) prior to approval of the payment plan application.  There is no additional cost to the student if the payment plan is set up by the Friday before classes commence. However, a late payment plan enrollment is an option during the first week of school for a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee. 

If a student is still in the process of obtaining financial aid after the due date, the student is required to set up a payment plan. The established student payment plan requires a minimum of a $100 payment to be made on the student account (personal or third party) prior to acceptance of the payment plan application. When the financial aid process is completed and the loans/grants cover the remaining balance, the contract will be completed in satisfactory status. However, if a student has a remaining balance due, the payment is due in full by the 10 th business day after the award is applied to the student account. At this time the student may also request to have the payment plan revised to reflect the balance due.

Payment plan options are 4 months, 3 months and 2 months.  Payments are due on the 1 st of every month. However, if the first is on a weekend the payment will be due on the first following business day. The payment plan amount is determined by taking the total of the current amount due and dividing it evenly by the months of the payment plan request. A $25 late charge will be applied to the student account for any payment plan payments not received on the due date. A Business Office hold will be placed on the student account until the student becomes current with the payment plan contract. Student will also be removed from enrolled future courses.

Payments can be made online with a credit/debit card, or e-check, in the student’s MyGCC account 24/7. Check payments are accepted in the Business Office in person or by mail. Mail needs to be in the Business Office on or before the due date. Cash payments are accepted in the Business Office at the Ironwood Campus only.

If a check payment is returned, for any reason, a $25.00 returned check fee will be applied to the student account.  A Business Office hold will be placed on the student account and will remain until satisfactory completion of the payment plan contract. The student will also have check writing privileges revoked on their account.

A student with a payment plan contract that is in unsatisfied status at the end of the semester will retain a Business Office hold until the past due balance is paid in full. The student will not be able to register for future courses, receive transcripts or have transcripts sent to another institution, or business, until the Business Office hold is removed. Furthermore, any accounts past due over 120 days will be sent to collections.

Any questions pertaining to payment plans can be directed to Kristina Kendall, in the Business Office, at (906) 307-1205 or by email at kristinak@gogebic.edu .

 

The payment plan schedules are as follows:

 

Fall         

4 Months   

3 Months  

2 Months  

1st Payment    

Sept. 1

Sept.1

Sept. 1

2nd Payment

Oct. 1

Oct. 1

Oct.1

3rd Payment

Nov. 1

Nov. 1

-

4th Payment

Dec. 1

-

-

 

Spring   

 

4 Months  

3 Months  

2 Months  

1st Payment    

Jan. 2

Jan. 2

Jan. 2

2nd Payment

Feb. 1

Feb. 1

Feb. 1

3rd Payment

Mar. 1

Mar. 1

-

4th Payment

Apr. 1

-

-

 

Summer   

4 Months  

3 Months  

2 Months  

1st Payment    

Not Available  

May 1

May 1

2nd Payment

Jun. 1

Jun. 1

3rd Payment

Jul. 1

-

4th Payment

-

-

 

Click Here to fill out the Payment Plan Application Form.

 

Grants

Grants are available to GCC students. Follow this link to review the grants that might be best for you. 

 

Scholarships

There are many scholarships available for all students at Gogebic Community College. Check out all the scholarships here

 

Loans

There are federal student loan programs available for students. Please click here to review all of the loan options. 

 

Residency Requirement

A student’s residency classification is established when admitted to Gogebic Community College.

DISTRICT RESIDENT (Gogebic County, Michigan)

A district resident is a legal resident of Gogebic County. A legal resident is one whose permanent, primary residence or domicile is where s/he intends to return whenever absent from college. A dormitory/suite, apartment, or house rented only during college enrollment is not a permanent primary residence.

Applicants meeting one or more of the following conditions at the time of admission will be classified with in-district residence:

  1. The applicant is a minor who lives with his/her parent or legal guardian provided that the parent or legal guardian has resided within Gogebic County for at least four (4) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.
  2. The applicant is at least 18 years of age at the time of registration in the institution and has resided in Gogebic County at least (4) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester without being registered at a college or university during that period.
  3. The applicant is an employee of a business or industrial firm within Gogebic County, and the employer, by written agreement, agrees to pay directly to the college all tuition and/or fees of the sponsored student for employer-approved classes.
  4. The applicant is an alien who has filed Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the United States and who otherwise meets the residence requirements of the district.

MICHIGAN RESIDENT (NON-DISTRICT)

Applicants who fail to qualify as in-district residents but meet one or more of the following conditions at the time of admission will be classified with out-of-district residency.

  1. The applicant is a minor who lives with his/her parent or legal guardian, provided that the parent or legal guardian has resided within the State of Michigan for at least four (4) consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.
  2. The applicant is at least 18 years of age at the time of registration in the institution and has resided in the State of Michigan at  least four (4)  consecutive months immediately prior to the first day of the semester without being registered at the college during that period.
  3. The applicant is an employee of a business or industrial firm  within  the  State  of  Michigan  and  the  employer,  by written agreement, agrees to pay directly to the college all  tuition and/or fees of the sponsored student for employer- approved classes.
  4. The applicant is an alien who has filed Declaration of Intention to become a citizen of the United States and who otherwise meets the residence requirements of the State of Michigan.

It is the student’s responsibility prior to registration to inform the Dean of Student’s Office of any change in residence or status that would affect his/her classification as a resident.

OUT-OF-STATE (Wisconsin Reciprocity Area)

Residents of Northern Wisconsin are eligible for special reduced out-of-state tuition rates. A listing of specific counties is available in the Dean of Students Office.

OUT-OF-STATE

Applicants who do not qualify as district or Michigan residents will be classified as out-of-state.

  1. No person is deemed to have gained or lost residence in the state while a student at any educational institution, public or private.
  2. Under no circumstances may a non-immigrant alien qualify as a Michigan resident.

INTERNATIONAL

Students who are not citizens of the United States of America will be classified as international.

 

Refund Policy

A student who officially drops classes prior to the last day of the registration period of the semester enrolled shall qualify for a tuition/fee refund of 100%.  The last day of the registration period is normally the first Friday of the first week of classes.  No refunds are issued after this date unless the student is enrolled in a course in which the begin date (8 week courses) is later in the semester.  Nonattendance in these courses are also considered for a 100% refund if the student never begins attendance. 

Classes canceled by GCC will result in the student receiving a 100% tuition/fee refund.

A student is required to submit a drop form to the Dean of Student’s Office to receive the 100% refund for tuition/fees for the courses being dropped.  Failure to submit this form may result in the student receiving failing grades and/or loss of tuition/fee refunds. 

A student has a right to appeal the refund policy by contacting the Dean of Students Office. The student will be required to state, in writing, the reason for the appeal as well as any individual circumstances the student feels warrants the refunding of tuition/fees for the semester.  The appeal needs to be received by the Dean of Students Office no later than the Friday following the last day of the semester in which the course is offered.  Refunds are not retroactive to previous semesters. The appeal will be reviewed by a committee and the student will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office regarding the outcome.

A student who is receiving financial assistance under the federal Title IV programs or financial aid through other agencies mandating the recovery of the assistance will have the refunds calculated in accordance with specific agency regulations.  View the Return of Title IV Financial Aid When A Student Withdraws.