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Applying for Aid

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

There are several steps you need to take in order to begin the financial aid process.

  • Apply for a U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN). Your PIN will allow you to electronically "sign" financial aid applications. Parents of dependent students need their own PIN. Apply for a PIN online at pin.ed.gov. If you already have a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education, you can reuse it year after year. You don't need to obtain a new one.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. You are encouraged to file the FAFSA by our priority filing date of March 1.
  • Complete the FGCU Foundation Scholarship application online HERE. The application is available between November 15 and March 1.
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Do I need to be admitted to FGCU before I can apply for financial aid?

You don't have to wait until you're admitted to FGCU in order to apply for financial aid. Students can complete the FAFSA on-line starting January 1 for the upcoming academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). You can include FGCU among the colleges you want your FAFSA information sent to when you complete the FAFSA. If you haven't been admitted to FGCU when the Financial Aid Office receives your FAFSA information, your application will be held aside pending admission before you are awarded financial aid. You must however have an official FGCU ID number (UIN) to complete the online FGCU Foundation Scholarship application at http://www.fgcu.edu/scholarships.

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When can I complete the FAFSA?

You may apply as early as, but not before, January 1 each year. You are encouraged to file the FAFSA by our priority filing date of March 1

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Do I have to pay to file the FAFSA?

No, the FAFSA is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Beware of scams. Some sites charge to submit the application for you and others advertise services to help you apply for financial aid for a fee. If you use one of these services, you will be providing personal information to a non-government agency.

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What is the school code for Florida Gulf Coast University that I should use when I complete the FAFSA?

FGCU's Federal School Code (also known as the Title IV Institution Code) is 032553.

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

Federal student aid programs are based on the principle that students (and their parents or spouse, if applicable) are considered the primary source of support for postsecondary education.

When you apply for federal student aid, your answers to certain questions will determine whether you're considered dependent on your parents or independent. If you're considered dependent, your parents' income and assets as well as your own must be reported on the FAFSA. If you're independent, you'll report only your own income and assets (and those of your spouse, if you're married).

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Am I considered Dependent or Independent for financial aid purposes?
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My parents don’t help me financially and I work to pay all of my bills. Am I considered “Independent” for financial aid purposes?
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What if I have no contact with my parents, how do I complete the FAFSA?

If you don't know where your parents live, or you've left home due to an abusive situation, fill out the FAFSA and then immediately get in touch with the financial aid office. Your financial aid officer will instruct you on what to do next. Don't put this off or you might miss important deadlines!

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

If you are a dependent student, you must provide parental information on the FAFSA. The following people are not your parents unless they have adopted you: grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians, older brothers or sisters, and uncles or aunts.

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

If your parents are divorced or separated, use information about the parent with whom you lived more during the past 12 months.

If you lived the same amount of time with each parent, use information about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months or during the most recent year. If this parent is remarried as of today, answer the questions on the FAFSA about that parent and include the person whom your parent married (your stepparent).

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Why should I apply by the priority deadline?

FGCU's priority deadline is March 1. Students who have completed a FAFSA by the priority deadline are more likely to receive funds from all programs for which they are eligible. After the priority deadline, funding in many programs, especially campus-based programs such as Federal Work-Study may be exhausted. Applying by the priority deadline will always be to your advantage.

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I submitted my FAFSA on-line. What do I do now?

After you have been admitted to FGCU, and the Financial Aid Office has received an electronic record of your FAFSA from the U. S. Dept. of Education, your record will be reviewed to determine what financial aid you are eligible for. You may be required to submit additional documentation to the Financial Aid Office to ensure that your application is complete and accurate. (See the verification page of our website for more information: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/verification.html)

Once your application is complete and correct, you will be awarded financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will notify you by e-mail to check your record in Gulfline to see your financial aid awards.

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

New and returning students will receive an award letter notification via email by the end of March of each year. This e-mail provides step-by-step instructions on how to review your awards via Gulfline.

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Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

You must complete the FAFSA each year in order to be considered for federal and institutional aid for the upcoming academic year. You must also complete the FGCU Foundation Scholarship application each year in order to be considered for a scholarship, even if you have received one in the past.

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

If you want to apply for federal aid, you must complete the FAFSA before the end of your period of enrollment during the academic year. Your completed FAFSA must be received by the central processor of the U.S. Department of Education by your last day of enrollment or by June 30, whichever is sooner.

  • If you are enrolled for just the Fall semester in a particular academic year, your FAFSA must be received by the central processor by the last day of the Fall semester.
  • If you are enrolled for both the Fall and Spring semesters, your FAFSA must be received by the central processor by the last day of the Spring semester.
  • If you are enrolled for the Fall and Spring semesters as well as the Summer term, your FAFSA must be received by the central processor by June 30.

The kind of aid you will be eligible for is limited by the availability of aid at the time you apply. You should never wait until the deadline to file the FAFSA. Loan processing requires additional time and must be completed before the end of your enrollment period.

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How do I know who my financial aid officer is?

Your Financial Aid Office is here to help you with any concerns you might have about the financial aid process. Financial Aid Officers are assigned to students based on the last number of their University Identification Number (UIN). See below:

Students with UINs ending in 1,2 - Jarvis Barnes
Students with UINs ending in 3,4 - Betsy Dalton
Students with UINs ending in 5,6 - Vanessa Lewis
Students with UINs ending in 7,8 - Tiffany Reynolds
Students with UINs ending in 9,0 - Nicole Campagnola

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Eligibility for Aid

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

The types and amount of financial aid you are awarded depends on the information you supplied on the FAFSA, program eligibility and the availability of funds. Your awards could include grants or scholarships, work-study, or loans.

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

The U.S. Department of Education has developed a process called Verification in order to insure the accuracy of the information that is reported by students and parents on the FAFSA. The central application processor for the U.S. Department of Education selects some applications randomly; others are selected because the reported information appears to be inconsistent or incorrect. The Financial Aid Office is also permitted to select applications for Verification. If you are selected for Verification, you must provide certain documents to the Financial Aid Office. Students are notified via e-mail if they have been selected for verification and the documents needed. If inaccuracies are found in the review process, your FAFSA will be reprocessed with the correct information. Please see the Verification page of our website for more information: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/verification.html.

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

Yes. However, the cost of attendance will be higher than that of an in-state student. In addition, some programs are only available for Florida residents.

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

Graduate students are eligible to receive Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Work-Study, the FGCU Graduate Student Grant and, in some cases, the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. The FAFSA must be completed to apply for all of these awards. In addition, graduate students may also complete the online FGCU Foundation Scholarship application at http://www.fgcu.edu/as/financialaid to apply for scholarship funds.

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

Generally, students must be enrolled in a degree granting program in order to be eligible for financial aid. However, students who are enrolled in the Teacher Immersion Program (TIP) at FGCU and have been approved by the Teacher Immersion Program coordinator may be eligible to borrow Federal Stafford Loan funds.

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

International students are not eligible for any federal financial aid or aid from the state of Florida. The Office of International Students at FGCU provides information about financial opportunities for international students. See their web site for more information http://studentservices.fgcu.edu/International/StudyAbroadScholarships.asp

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

Yes, it can. Your award may be increased, reduced or even cancelled if:

  • You provided incorrect data on your FAFSA.
  • You are suspended by your college or by the University.
  • You are placed on financial aid suspension.
  • You do not enroll for the required number of hours to receive aid through the programs awarded to you.
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Will I receive the same financial aid awards next year?

Not necessarily. Some awards may remain the same while other need-based awards may change based on the EFC on your FAFSA.

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Will outside scholarships affect my financial aid awards?

Possibly. If a student's financial aid exceeds their financial need and/or the university's established cost of attendance, an adjustment must be made to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations and institutional guidelines. Self-help aid, such as direct loans and federal work-study awards, are adjusted before grants or scholarships are affected. Changes to a student's award offer may result in a financial obligation to the Florida Gulf Coast University.

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

Undergraduate students must enroll for at least 12 credit hours each semester in order to be considered full-time. Graduate students must enroll for at least 9 credit hours each semester in order to be considered full-time.

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

In some cases, changes in family circumstances can be considered when determining your eligibility for financial aid. You may speak with a Financial Aid Office representative to determine whether the change in your circumstances warrants an adjustment of your FAFSA information. You may refer to the Change of Circumstances Form on our web site for examples of circumstances that may warrant adjustments. The Change in Circumstance form can be printed from the Online Forms page of our website: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/Online-Forms.html

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Can I receive financial aid for summer classes?

In some cases, students are eligible for financial aid during the summer term.

  • If you received a Federal Pell Grant and did not enroll as a full-time student during both the preceding Fall and Spring semesters, you may have remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility for the summer. You must contact the Financial Aid Office and inform them that you have not received your entire yearly Federal Pell Grant award and that you are enrolled for the Summer term.
  • If you did not borrow the annual maximum Federal Stafford Loan during the preceding Fall and Spring semesters, you may be eligible to borrow a Federal Stafford Loan during the summer. You must contact the Financial Aid Office and request a loan for the summer term.
  • If you are a dependent student and you enroll for at least 6 credit hours during the summer, your parents may be eligible to borrow a Federal PLUS loan for the summer term. Your parents must apply for a Federal PLUS loan for the summer term.
  • Florida Bright Futures Scholarships are not available during the summer term.
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Will moving on-campus or off-campus affect my financial aid eligibility?

Where you live while attending FGCU is one of the factors that are used to determine the amount of aid for which you are eligible. See our web site for information about the Cost of Attendance that is used at FGCU to determine how much financial aid you will receive. Students who live with their parents while they attend FGCU have a different cost of attendance than students who live away from their parents (either on or off campus) since the cost of living at home with your parents is less than the cost of living in a residence hall or the cost of maintaining your own residence.

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Gulfline and Financial Aid

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

Gulfline is FGCU's web based information system for students, faculty and staff. You can check your financial aid record in Gulfline to

  • find out what documents the Financial Aid Office requires from you,
  • view your financial aid awards,
  • accept, decline or adjust your financial aid awards,
  • report the amount of any scholarships or grants from outside sources that are not included in your financial aid record,
  • see if any required loan entrance counseling or exit counseling has been completed.

https://gulfline.fgcu.edu/pls/fgpo/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

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Student Loans

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What types of federal student loans are available?

Direct Subsidized Loans: are loans made to eligible undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to help cover the costs of higher education at a college or career school. For a subsidized loan, the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest:

  • While you're in school at least half time,
  • For the first six months after your leave school (referred to as a grace period), and
  • During a period of deferment (a postponement of loan payments).

Direct Unsubsidized Loans: are loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but in this case, the student does not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the loan. For an unsubsidized loan, you are responsible for paying the interest during all periods. If you choose not to pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, your interest will accrue (accumulate) and be capitalized (that is, your interest will be added to the principal amount of your loan).

Direct PLUS Loans: are loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. There are two kinds of PLUS loans:

  • The first is a loan for the parents of undergraduate dependent students. The parent is the loan borrower and is obligated to repay the loan. The purpose of the loan is to make aid funds available up the amount of the difference between the student's cost of attendance and all other aid the student is receiving.
  • The second is for graduate students. Graduate students may borrow PLUS loans if their cost of attendance exceeds the aid they receive from all other sources, including the Federal Stafford Loan. The graduate student is the loan borrower and is obligated to repay the loan.
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Is there a charge for taking out a loan?

Yes, there is a 1% loan fee on all Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. The loan fee will be proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement.

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How will I receive my loan?

The school will first apply your loan funds to your school account to pay for tuition, fees, room and board, and other school charges. If any additional loan funds remain, they will be returned to you.

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

The U.S. Department of Education requires that a student enroll on at least a half-time basis in order to be eligible to receive a Federal Stafford Loan. Undergraduate students must enroll for at least 6 credit hours each semester in order to be considered half-time. Graduate students must enroll for at least 5 credit hours each semester in order to be considered half-time.

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

Although PLUS is an acronym for Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students, there are two kinds of PLUS loans.

  • The first is a loan for the parents of undergraduate dependent students. The parent is the loan borrower and is obligated to repay the loan. The purpose of the loan is to make aid funds available up the amount of the difference between the student's cost of attendance and all other aid the student is receiving.
  • The second is for graduate students. This is a new feature of the PLUS program starting with the 2006-07 academic year. Graduate students may borrow PLUS loans if their cost of attendance exceeds the aid they receive from all other sources, including the Federal Stafford Loan. The graduate student is the loan borrower and is obligated to repay the loan.

 

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

A promissory note is a binding legal document you sign when you get a student loan. It lists the conditions under which you're borrowing and the terms under which you agree to pay back the loan. It will include information on how interest is calculated and what deferment and cancellation provisions are available to the borrower. It's very important to read and save this document because you'll need to refer to it later when you begin repaying your loan or at other times when you need information about provisions of the loan, such as deferments or forbearances. You only have to sign the Master Promissory Note (MPN) once even if you borrow several loans over the course of your education. If you change lenders, a new MPN must be completed. You will be contacted by your lender or their representative with information on how to sign the MPN. The MPN can be signed electronically or on paper. Borrowers are strongly urged to sign the MPN electronically.

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What is entrance counseling?

Before receiving a Direct Stafford Loan, borrowers must complete an entrance counseling session. This quick and easy interactive counseling session provides useful tips and tools to help you develop a budget for managing your educational expenses and helps you to understand your loan responsibilities. Entrance counseling is completed on www.studentloans.gov

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

The amount you can borrow each year from the Federal Stafford Loan program is based on the number of credits you have earned toward the degree you are pursuing as well as your dependency status. Detailed information about Annual Loan Limits is available on our web site: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/loans.html.

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

Yes. If you would like to accept loans previously declined please submit a Loan Request Form to your financial aid officer.

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What is an alternative loan? Why doesn't the Financial Aid Office at FGCU certify alternative loans?

An alternative loan is a private education loan offered by a lender. The loan is not government guaranteed and consequently alternative loans often cost more than loans offered by the federal government. FGCU does not certify alternative loans for dependent undergraduate students. Parents of dependent students should consider borrowing a PLUS loan if the student requires additional loan funds beyond those provided by the Federal Stafford Loan program.

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Florida Bright Futures Scholarship

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

As of the 2011-2012 academic school year, ALL Bright Futures recipients are required to complete the FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.gov/). Without a valid FAFSA, we will not be able to disburse your Bright Futures scholarship. Use code 032553 as the FGCU Federal Code. You must also request a PIN in order to sign your FAFSA electronically - http://www.pin.ed.gov/.

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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?

Students who graduate from high school mid-year may submit a Florida Financial Aid Application no later than August 31 prior to the student's fall graduation, be evaluated for Bright Futures, and, if eligible, receive funding in the spring term following the student's high school graduation.

 

Bright Futures Website: http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/home/uamain.htm

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What happens if I drop a course?

Students are required to repay the cost of any Bright Futures funded course dropped or withdrawn after the Add/Drop week ends. Repayment to the to Florida Gulf Coast University Cashier's office is required. An exception may be granted by the Registrar if an appeal is approved.

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

It is in the student's best interest to repay the cost of the dropped/withdrawn hours as soon as possible as a HOLD will be placed on the student account until repayment is received. The student will be ineligible to access their student account and the award will not renew for any subsequent academic years until repayment or satisfactory arrangements to reimburse FGCU have been made.

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

When a student repays FGCU the cost of dropped/withdrawn hours, those hours are returned to that student's Bright Futures hours remaining for funding purposes. The student must successfully pass all funded classes; drops are not part of the completion calculation as they are repaid.

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What happens if I fail a class?

Students are required to successfully pass all funded classes. If you are at risk of failing a class, please stop by the Financial Aid office to find the best course of action to take so as to maintain eligibility for Bright Futures. You cannot make up failed classes in summer term. Dropping the class is usually the best course of action if at risk of failing.

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What happens if my GPA is below the requirement?

Students are allowed to use the summer term after their first year to make up GPA deficiencies. If you cannot get the necessary GPA in summer, you will lose the scholarship for the second year. After spring term of the second year you may apply for RESTORATION at the Bright Futures website if you have the required GPA. The state does not allow for GPA make up after the first year. Please see Financial Aid if you had issues that prevented you from being successful.

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

No. A student may enroll part-time and receive Bright Futures funding. Six credits is the minimum required to receive funding. Students are required to successfully complete all funded credits.

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

Please visit scholarship length on the Bright Futures website. Easy access to program information, application and award status is at the Bright Futures website. This website has information regarding your contact information, all communications from the state to the student regarding status of application and awards.

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Will Bright Future fund my graduate courses?

Please check the Bright Futures website for eligibility. The state will determine eligibility for Graduate Bright Futures. If granted, funding is available for one term of graduate study, not to exceed 15 credit hours, paid at the current undergraduate rate. This may be offered to

FAS and FMS recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree earned in the 2010-11 academic year or thereafter, in seven or fewer semesters, or the equivalent hours.

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

A student may enroll and receive funding for less than six hours if the student:

  • has fewer than six total hours remaining on the scholarship. OR
  • needs fewer than six hours to complete the first baccalaureate degree.
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How many credits are needed annually to renew the scholarship?

You are not required to be full time to renew, only pass all funded classes fall and spring terms.

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Does Bright Futures have an appeal process?

Yes there is a separate appeal just for Bright Futures. The appeal is available to print on the Online Forms page of our website:http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/Online-Forms.html. You will need to fully explain your situation and provide documentation regarding your situation if possible. Transfer GPAs can be used to calculate your continued eligibility if necessary.

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Florida Prepaid Program

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

The value of your Florida Prepaid Account must be reported as an asset on the FAFSA. In the past, the benefits you received from the Florida Prepaid Program were counted as a direct reduction of your aid eligibility. In most cases, this new treatment is beneficial to students. If you are a dependent student, the value of the account should be reported by your parents as one of their assets on the FAFSA. If you are an independent student, you should report the value of the account as one of your assets on the FAFSA. If you don't know the value of the account, contact the Florida Prepaid program at (800) 552-GRAD (4723).

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

Students do not need to bring their Florida Prepaid card in order to activate their account. The Office of the Bursar uses students' social security numbers to link to and bill their Florida Prepaid account.

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

Florida Prepaid rates along with tuition and local fee plan coverage can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.fgcu.edu/Cashiers/fpcp.html.

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

If you do not wish to utilize your Florida Prepaid Plan then you must visit the Cashier's Office in McTarnaghan Hall. If you neglect to do this by the last day to pay fees, Florida Prepaid will be billed.

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Academic Issues Affecting Aid Eligibility

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

If you are receiving financial aid and you withdraw from all your classes, the university is required by U.S. Department of Education regulation to evaluate your record and determine how much financial aid you are eligible for, based on how long you were enrolled. Students who withdraw from all their classes may have to repay some or all of the aid they were awarded. Total withdrawal can also affect your eligibility for financial aid in subsequent semesters. You should see a financial aid representative to discuss your withdrawal plans.

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

The timing of your withdrawal and the number of classes you withdraw from can have a significant effect on your financial aid eligibility. If you are a loan borrower, it can affect your eligibility for loan payments that have not yet been disbursed and may affect your repayment date. You should see a financial aid representative to discuss your withdrawal plans.

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

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all colleges have a standard in place to insure that students who are receiving federal financial aid are making satisfactory academic progress towards earning their degree. The Financial Aid Office measures your progress at the end of each spring semester to see if you are making satisfactory academic progress. If you are not, you can lose eligibility for financial aid in the subsequent year.

Visit our website for more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/conditions-for-receiving-aid.html

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

U.S. Department of Education regulations prohibit students from continuing to receive federal financial aid if they have earned more than 150% of the credits that are required to earn their degree. If the degree you are trying to earn requires 120 credits, you may not continue receiving aid if you have earned 180 credits and have still not earned the degree. This can happen if students change their major and are required to take additional courses. This regulation affects both undergraduate and graduate students. If you are receiving a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, you can receive funding for up to 132 credit hours towards the completion of your first baccalaureate degree.

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Cross-Enrollment

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

Students are sometimes permitted to take classes at another college other than FGCU while they are enrolled at FGCU. The only college with which FGCU has a cross-enrollment agreement is Edison College. In order to receive financial aid for your FGCU courses and your Edison College courses, you must complete the Consortium Agreement for Financial Aid and meet all the requirements described in that contract.

Consortium Agreement Form: http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/Undergraduate/Online-Forms.html

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

No, if you are receiving financial aid from FGCU, you cannot receive aid from the Host institution while cross-enrolled.

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

If you do not complete the classes at the Host Institution or make Satisfactory Academic Progress, you may be required to repay the aid disbursed based on this agreement.

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Using Your Financial Aid to Pay For Your Costs

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If I have enough financial aid to cover by bill, is my bill paid, or do I have to pay the bill myself and get reimbursed by the university?

You should check your record in Gulfline to determine whether you have enough financial aid to pay your bill and whether or not your aid has been applied toward the payment of your bill.

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Can I use my financial aid to purchase the books I need for my classes?
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Will my financial aid pay for my tuition at another college if I cross-enroll elsewhere?

The only college in which you may cross-enroll and receive financial aid for those courses is Edison College. You must complete the Cross Enrollment Contract for Financial Aid and meet all the requirements described in that contract. If you cross-enroll, you must pay the tuition and fees charged by Edison College. If you are eligible for financial aid at FGCU, the amount of your aid here will be based on your FGCU courses and your Edison College courses.

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Transfer Issues

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

Some, but not all financial aid can be transferred from one college to another. You should contact the Financial Aid Office at the college you are leaving as well as the Financial Aid Office of the college you will attend. You can find out from them what aid transfers and what aid does not transfer. You should inform them of your transfer plans and find out if there are any requirements you must fulfill as you transfer.

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Financial Aid for Study Abroad

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Is financial aid available for study abroad programs?

Financial aid is available for some study abroad programs. Financial aid eligibility for studying abroad is determined by the type of study abroad program you attend, as well as the type of financial aid you receive. Only students earning a degree at FGCU are eligible.

  • FGCU Study Abroad Programs are those for which you are eligible to receive credits and grades that will be counted in your FGCU cumulative grade point average.
  • Affiliate Study Abroad Programs are part of another university or college and you will only receive transfer credits at FGCU. Grades will appear on your transcript but will not be included in your FGCU grade point average. A completed Financial Aid Consortium Agreement is required to establish your eligibility for financial aid.
  • A study abroad program for which you will not receive transfer credits or grades at FGCU is not eligible for any financial aid funds.

Detailed information about the kind of financial aid you may receive, depending on the type of Study Abroad Program is available on our web site.