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Financial Aid

                    

! IMPORTANT SUMMER ANNOUNCEMENTS!

                                                                   

(Updated 4-16-2013)

FAQs 

 


GADSDEN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

HOURS OF OPERATION

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

GADSDEN & AYERS

         MON - THUR  7:00AM - 5:00PM   (CHEROKEE UNTIL 4:30PM)   

         FRI                 7:00AM - 11:30AM (CHEROKEE UNTIL 11:00AM) 

MCCLELLAN

         MON               7:30AM - 5:00PM                                                             

         THUR             7:00AM - 4:30PM                                                             

         FRI                 7:00AM - 11:00AM                                                           

***During peak times, lines will be closed at an appropriate time to allow students to be served by the published closing

     time.

Tentative Schedule for Financial Aid Checks

Fall 2013 checks are scheduled to mail 9/9/13

Spring 2014 checks are scheduled to mail 1/27/14

Summer 2014 checks are scheduled to mail 6/16/14

 

OFFICE LOCATIONS:

Gadsden - 256-549-8284
Room 104, Allen Hall at 1001 George Wallace Drive, Gadsden, AL

McClellan - 256-238-9341
Room 1216 at 100-A Gamecock Drive, Anniston, AL

Ayers - 256-835-5420
1801 Coleman Road, Anniston, AL

Cherokee - 256-927-1801

801 Cedar Bluff Road, Centre, AL


To ensure financial aid processing prior to the beginning of classes, FAFSAs must be completed at least 15 business days prior to the first day of the term, and all verification documents must be received in the Financial Aid Office at least ten business days prior to the first day of the term.

The 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at www.fafsa.gov. Click here to review common mistakes to avoid when filing a FAFSA. For further information on filing a FAFSA, this web tutorial for the 2013-14 FAFSA is available. You may also like to view this webpage with web tutorial for the 2013-14 FAFSA. Click here for a link to tips dealing with unique situations that may arise when completing your FAFSA.

Please note that it is best to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if available, when completing the FAFSA. A 'How To' video for using the retrieval tool is available by clicking here if filing the 2013-14 FAFSA. Not only will using this IRS Data Retrieval Tool make the application process easier, it will also speed the verification process considerably. If you choose not to utilize the IRS Date Retrieval Tool when filing your FAFSA online, or are not allowed access to do so, then a copy of your "tax return transcript" will be needed if you are selected for verification by the federal processing center for that tax year's FAFSA. In the past, Gadsden State was able to accept copies of completed tax return forms (i.e., 1040, 1040A, etc); however, new regulations now require us to have a signed copy of your tax return transcript. Once you have filed your tax return, a tax transcript can be requested, free of charge, at the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Click here to view step-by-step instructions on how to request a tax transcript.

 

Three to four days after completing the FAFSA online, begin checking your student Self Service Banner for a Financial Aid Tab. This page will have an option for you to review your student requirements related to your FAFSA application; CLICK HERE for How To instructions.

 

 

To Parents and Prospective Students

Due to federal privacy regulations that do not allow student information to be shared without a student's consent, students must complete a Student Consent Form for Release of Financial Records to allow their financial aid information to be shared with parents, legal guardians, spouses and/or any other relationships.

 

Mission Statement


The mission and primary purpose of the financial aid office is to deliver the highest quality services in an efficient and effective way; to secure adequate funding from the various Federal, State, and private sources to meet the needs of our students; and to support efforts that promote and encourage students to plan for postsecondary education.

 

Code of Conduct


The Gadsden State Community College Financial Aid Office staff is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct.  As members of  NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the staff abides by its code of conduct, as follows.

An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity.  In doing so, a financial aid professional should:

  • Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
  • Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
  • Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
  • Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
  • Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
  • Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.