If you are already a student at Georgian Court University and would like to apply for financial aid, we have put together some resources to assist you.
Reapplying for Financial Aid
You must reapply for need-based financial aid each year by completing the Renewal FAFSA. The priority filing date is April 15 and the deadline is June 1. All required documentation must be submitted by July 1, or you will forfeit your GCU need-based aid. Please note that changes in a family’s financial circumstances can result in an adjustment to your award.
Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to Complete a FAFSA
If you qualify to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, it can save you time as it transfers your income tax data to your online FAFSA.
You and your parents may be eligible to use this tool if:
- Your family income tax returns were filed electronically at least two weeks before you complete the FAFSA.
- Your family income tax returns were mailed to the IRS at least eight weeks before you complete the FAFSA.
Checking on Financial Aid Status
To inquire about the status of your FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243.
New Process for Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)
To be considered for a Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) during the 2016–2017 academic year, 2015–2016 Tuition Aid Grant recipients must submit their FAFSA by June 1, 2016. All other applicants must submit the FAFSA by October 1, 2016, and by March 1, 2017, for spring semester-only students. The deadline is November 15, 2016, for the fall semester and March 15, 2017, for the spring semester. Tax returns are due July 1, 2016. Documents must be received by the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) by those dates.
The state requires you to show:
- driver’s license number and state
- amount of veteran’s benefit (for independent students)
- amount of untaxed Social Security benefits
- amount of Earned Income Credit (from tax return)
HESAA will contact you about an award via an e-mail or a postcard with a Web site to claim your award. If the answer is zero, please place a zero in the field. A blank will be considered incomplete.
Accepting Financial Aid
When you receive an award, our office will let you know. From there, we ask that you e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to decrease, increase (if eligible), or decline any of your loans. Next, you will sign the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and complete online entrance counseling.
GCU currently accepts payments at the school and via the Tuition Management Systems (TMS) Web site. TMS offers a payment plan that provides families with the option to budget tuition and other educational expenses interest free over a 10-month period. The nonrefundable fee for this program is $47 per semester. For more information, go to Afford.com or call 888.713.7234.
Questions? We’re Here to Help!
If you have any questions about the process, please reach out to the GCU Office of Financial Aid at email@example.com or 732-987-2258.