Applying for Financial Aid

Instructions - Do this first

  1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or https://www.gafutures.org/.
  2. The College of Coastal Georgia Title IV code is 001558
  3. Institutional Scholarship Application is available through the Financial Aid section of the CCGA website

The Application Process

What is Financial Aid?

Financial Aid refers to any type of money available to students and their parents to fund a college education. This includes institutional Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Work Study.


How Do I Apply For Aid?

STEP ONE: The CCGA Foundation Scholarship

All students wishing to be evaluated for institutional funds are encouraged to complete the CCGA Foundation Scholarship Application . While students may apply at any time, awards are generally made before Fall Semester so students are encouraged to apply before February 1st.

Scholarship awards are for one academic year only, so students must reapply for scholarships each year.


STEP TWO: If You haven't Already Done So, Create a FSA ID and password then Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (FAFSA must be completed every year)

Federal Financial Aid: Students wishing to apply for all programs that CCGA administers, including federal grants, loans, and work-study will need to first request an FSA ID and password at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fsasa/filling-out/fsa... and then complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at https://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

A valid FAFSA, processed by the U. S. Department of Education, is required for the FAO to determine whether you quality for federal aid. In order to complete the FAFSA you must have already filed your Federal Tax Returns for both student or student and parent if the annual income warrants having to file a return.

GSFAPPS is a web based application process that captures and edits all required application data to meet each GSFC program's unique requirements. To access GSFAPPS, an applicant must go through GAfutures.org. To apply, an applicant must create a GACollege411 account. You must select College of Coastal Georgia as the school you will attend. The website is GAfutures.org.

The priority deadline to complete the FAFSA is May 1st. Please note that FAFSA processing can take from 1 to 3 weeks.

STEP THREE: Provide additional information if requested

Some students will be required to complete the process of Verification.

Verification is the process in which Office of Financial Aid & Veteran’s Affairs must verify that the information on the FAFSA is accurate.

If you are selected for Verification, you must complete the Verification process before any awards will be finalized. Our office will contact you via email about submitting additional required documents. The Office of Financial Aid & Veteran’s Affairs will submit any and all changes required as a result of Verification.

STEP FOUR: Review Your Award Offer

For entering freshmen our office begins to mail out award letters for the next academic year on May 1st. Other students will be able to access award letters on COAST.

Returning students can expect their award notifications to be available on COAST in May.

STEP FIVE (optional): Apply for a Student Loan

If you find that your aid will not cover your tuition, fees, and other educational related expenses, you may apply for a federal student loan.
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