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Financial Aid Application Process






To determine whether a student is eligible to receive financial aid, he/she must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information provided on the FAFSA determines the specific types of aid that may be received. The FAFSA must be completed annually and is available online at Remember to list Gadsden State's School Code on your FAFSA (001017). Please refer back to our Overview page for several links to FAFSA 'How To' instructions and web tutorials.

Usually, within one week of filing a FAFSA online, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the e-mail address provided on the FAFSA (approximately four weeks for postal mail if no email address is listed). Once your SAR is received, review completely for accuracy of information. If corrections are needed, log back into your FAFSA and resubmit with the corrected information. Three to five days after filing your FAFSA, or submitting corrections to your FAFSA, begin checking your Self Service Banner account daily for a Financial Aid Tab. The Self Service Banner Financial Aid Tab will give you access to view your satisfied and unsatisfied financial aid requirements. CLICK HERE for How To instructions.

The Gadsden State Financial Aid Office has established a financial aid priority deadline of April 15.  Students who have completed and submitted all required documents by the priority date will be considered for supplemental funding in addition to the Federal Pell Grant, until such funding is exhausted. Students who do not start the application process until after the priority date are still encouraged to apply for financial aid. Keep in mind that students who start the financial aid process after the priority date may have to assume responsibility for the payment of tuition, fees, and other educational expenses until financial aid is finalized.

Receiving Your Aid

You must request the federal processor to send the results of your FAFSA to Gadsden State (simply fill out step six of the FAFSA that asks for the federal school codes of colleges to receive your SAR). Gadsden State's federal school code is 001017.

Each eligible student will receive an award notification after file completion. Please review all information carefully and follow directions as noted. Any financial aid award exceeding tuition, fees, and other allowable charges will be disbursed via postal mail to the address on file in the Registrar’s Office. Credit-balance checks will be mailed approximately two weeks after the registration period ends.

Your Federal Pell Grant award will be based on full-time enrollment and will be prorated for enrollment of less than full-time and/or for enrollment in classes outside your declared major. For applicable certificate programs, your Federal Pell Grant will be based on both credit and contact hours. 

Your financial aid award may be reduced accordingly if you fail to begin attendance in classes, withdraw from classes, and/or enroll for classes not required for your declared major. You may be obligated to repay the difference between the amount of funds awarded and the amount recalculated. If you completely withdraw prior to the 60% point of the semester, you may owe a repayment to the U.S. Department of Education. Also, reducing your enrollment status may affect the required standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and cause you to lose your eligibility to receive additional financial aid. It is recommended you check with Financial Aid before dropping any classes or changing your schedule in order to determine how those changes may affect your financial aid. Refer to the Gadsden State Catalog and Student Handbook or visit the Financial Aid Office for more information.

The Financial Aid Office will update your FAFSA as needed in order to package your financial aid award. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to amend or cancel your award due to changes in your academic status, your remaining need, or funding you received by Gadsden State Community College or another institution of higher learning.

Mid-Year Transfer Students and Financial Aid

If you received a Pell Grant from another institution immediately prior to transferring to Gadsden State, you must
  • Contact the Admissions Office at (256) 549-8210 regarding transfer student admission.
  • Contact the Federal Processing Center at 1-800-433-3243 to add Gadsden State's federal school code to your SAR. Gadsden State's federal school code is 001017.
  • Contact the Gadsden State Financial Aid Office to request your name be added to the Gadsden State Transfer Monitoring List.