Financial Aid Eligibility

Student Eligibility

All students who have been accepted for admission to Gogebic Community College and who apply for financial assistance receive consideration. No student is denied the opportunity for financial aid because of race, color, or creed. When determining a student's need, the financial resources of the student's immediate family are considered along with any special circumstances. (In awarding aid to eligible students, aid is not only targeted toward the neediest student but is also awarded based on the timeliness of application.) A number of scholarships are awarded based on merit considerations in addition to those based on need.

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to receive funding from federal and state sources:

  • demonstrate financial need (for most programs);
  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • have a valid Social Security number (with the exception of students from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau);
  • be registered with Selective Service, if you're a male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25);
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program (Personal Enrichment, Job Upgrade, Guest or Other are not eligible programs.);
  • enroll in courses required by the degree;
  • not have any convictions for the sale or possession of illegal drugs depending on the date of the conviction;
  • be enrolled at least half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds;
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress in college as defined by GCC;
  • sign the certification statement on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) stating that
    • you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant and
    • you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
  • show you're qualified to obtain a college education by
    • Having a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate (Certificates of completion do not qualify a student for financial assistance.);
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or-if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential-completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law) and
  • apply for financial aid every year.


A student is not eligible for federal financial aid if their program length is less than six months.

A student's file is incomplete until they receive a financial aid proposal from the GCC Financial Aid Office. Students should never begin attending classes until they know how much they are eligible to receive in financial aid if they plan on participating in any of the financial aid programs.