Financial Aid Information
Attention Parents of Seniors:
The Financial Aid Night was held on September 29th at 6:30 PM via zoom. The links for the powerpoint presentation and the financial aid worksheet are listed at the bottom of this page.
The video can be seen on youtube:
SUNY is hosting 2 of their own virtual sessions that you can register for. Dates, times and registration are available here: https://engage.suny.edu/portal/financial_aid_sessions_virtual
GCC is also hosting two Financial Aid Nights. Please complete the sign-up for the date that you would like to attend. An email will be automatically generated to you with the Zoom link (and dial in option). Here are the two dates they are hosting:
Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 6pm: https://forms.gle/eZ4PBihdiXEsCcYg6
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 @ 6pm: https://forms.gle/cRgwXL1tCXfoS12j6
**Please note the automatically generated email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org with a name of “GCC High School Night.” They asked that if students/parents need to contact them that you use email@example.com .
Seniors can begin filing the FAFSA as early as October 1st – aligning the financial aid application process with the college application process. Students and their families will report tax information from the prior tax year on their FAFSA - reducing the need to estimate, and later revise, their income information. The prior year’s tax information can be automatically accessed and retrieved from the FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. A link for the 21-22 Financial Aid Worksheet is listed below.
The first step for parents and students, in order to be ready to file the FAFSA early, is to register for a FSA ID. The FSA (Federal Student Aid) ID is required for students and parents to electronically sign the FAFSA and have it processed. The student and one parent must have a FSA ID to successfully complete the FAFSA. Now is the time for you and your senior to get your FSA ID simply by visiting https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid to register.
Seniors who seek admission to four-year colleges should have applications submitted by the end of October. This is a big shift in the previous timeline, however, you must know the colleges you plan on applying to in order to complete the FAFSA. Delaying the FAFSA can adversely affect your financial aid package.
The Common Application and the SUNY Application opened in August for students to begin applications. All seniors will be scheduled for individual meetings early in the school year to discuss future plans. As always, please let us know how we can assist you.
~Mrs. Delzer and Mrs. Hake
For financial aid help and questions, visit the Financial Aid Hotline: http://startheregetthere.org/hesc-live-help.html