Apply for Aid

  • What is the first step I should take in applying for financial aid?

  • Do I need to be admitted to FGCU before I can apply for financial aid?

  • When can I complete the FAFSA?

  • Do I have to pay to file the FAFSA?

  • What is the school code for FGCU that I should use when I apply for financial aid?

  • Why do I have to include my parent's information on the FAFSA?

  • Am I considered Dependent or Independent for financial aid purposes?

  • My parents don’t help me financially and I work to pay all of my bills. Am I considered “Independent” for financial aid purposes?

  • What if I have no contact with my parents, how do I complete the FAFSA?

  • I live with another relative other than my parents. Can I put their information on the FAFSA instead of my parents?

  • My parents are divorced, whose financial information goes on the FAFSA?

  • Why should I apply by the priority deadline?

  • I submitted my FAFSA online. What do I do now?

  • When will I know if I have received any financial aid awards?

  • Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

  • If the academic year is half over, and I still haven't applied for financial aid, is it too late for me to apply?

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Eligibility for Aid

  • How is my “financial need” determined when I apply for financial aid?

  • What is the Verification process? Why was I selected for verification and how do I complete the process?

  • I am an out-of-state student. Can I receive financial aid?

  • I am a graduate student. Can I receive financial aid?

  • I am a non-degree student. Can I receive financial aid?

  • I am an international student. Am I eligible for any financial aid?

  • I am an undocumented student. Am I eligible for financial aid?

  • Can my financial aid awards change after I have been packaged?

  • Will I receive the same financial aid awards next year?

  • Will outside scholarships affect my financial aid awards?

  • How many credit hours must I take to be considered full-time for financial aid?

  • What should I do if my financial circumstances change? Can the information on my FAFSA be updated?

  • Can I receive financial aid for summer classes?

  • Will moving on-campus or off-campus affect my financial aid eligibility?

  • Can I check my student loan and grant data with NSLDS Student Access?

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Gulfline and Financial Aid

  • What kind of information about my financial aid can I find on Gulfline?

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Student Loans

  • What types of federal student loans are available?

  • Is there a charge for taking out a loan?

  • How will I receive my loan?

  • How many credit hours must I take to be eligible for a student loan?

  • What is a Federal PLUS Loan? Whose loan is it and who is responsible for repaying it?

  • What is a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and how do I sign it?

  • What is entrance counseling?

  • How much am I allowed to borrow each year in student loans?

  • I declined loans in the beginning of the semester on Gulfline, can I change my mind?

  • What is an alternative loan? 

  • How much will I have to repay if I accept student Loans?

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

  • Do I have to fill out the FAFSA to get a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship?

  • I am graduating from high school mid-year and wish to be eligible to receive a Bright Futures award beginning in the spring term. What do I do?

  • What happens if I drop a course?

  • Is there a time limit I have to repay the cost of a dropped/withdrawn course?

  • What happens when I repay the cost of a dropped/withdrawn course?

  • What happens if I fail a class?

  • What happens if my GPA is below the requirement?

  • Do I have to enroll full-time to receive Bright Futures funding?

  • How long and how many hours of funding are available for FAS and FMS recipients?

  • Will Bright Future fund my graduate courses?

  • I only have one class left to graduate; since I am not half-time, can I still receive funding?

  • How many credits are needed annually to renew the scholarship?

  • Does Bright Futures have an appeal process?

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Florida Prepaid Program

  • If I am enrolled in the Florida Prepaid program, does that affect my eligibility for financial aid?

  • Do I need to bring my Florida Prepaid card to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships?

  • How do I know how much Florida Prepaid is paying? What fees does my Florida Prepaid plan pay?

  • What if I do not want to use my Florida Prepaid this semester?

  • What is the  Florida Prepaid Benefit Calculator?

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Academic Issues Affecting Aid Eligibility

  • What will happen to my financial aid eligibility if I withdraw from all of my classes?

  • What will happen to my financial aid eligibility if I withdraw from some, but not all of my classes?

  • I've been told that I have to be making satisfactory academic progress in order to receive financial aid. What does that mean?

  • Is there a limit on how long I can receive financial aid?

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  • What is cross-enrollment? Can I take classes elsewhere and get financial aid for those classes?

  • Can I receive financial aid from FGCU and the Host Institution while cross-enrolled?

  • What happens if I don’t complete the classes at the Host Institution?

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Using Your Financial Aid to Pay For Your Costs

  • How does my Financial Aid get posted to my account and when?

  • How do I know if my Financial Aid will pay for all my courses?

  • How do I receive my refund from my financial aid funds?

  • Can I use my financial aid to purchase the books I need for my classes?

  • Will my financial aid pay for my tuition at another college if I cross-enroll elsewhere?

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Transfer Issues

  • I am transfer student from another school OR I am transferring to another school. How do I get my financial aid transferred?

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Financial Aid for Study Abroad

  • Is financial aid available for study abroad programs?

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Supplemental Funds to Assist Students Impacted by COVID19

Visit Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for more information.

Visit Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act for more information.

Visit American Rescue Plan (ARP) for more information.