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Federally Supported Programs

Federally supported programs are funded by the government through the U. S. Department of Education.  These programs consist of Federal College Work Study, Federal Pell Grants, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).


Students must meet the following requirements before they can receive federal financial aid funds:

  1. have financial need;
  2. have a high school diploma, a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or a passing mark on an independently administered test approved by the U.S. Department of Education or meet other standards that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education;
  3. be enrolled as a regular student working toward a degree, diploma, or approved certificate in an eligible program. (Students may not receive aid for correspondence or telecommunications courses unless they are part of an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree program.);
  4. be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  5. have a valid Social Security Number;
  6. make satisfactory academic progress;
  7. sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default (found on the Student Aid Report);
  8. sign a statement of undated information, if required (found on the Student Aid Report); and
  9. register with the Selective Services, if required.

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Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to those who need it. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant is determined on the basis of the student's and his or her family's financial resources and the expected family contribution.

The Federal Pell Grant Award is a grant and does not have to be repaid as long as students maintain eligibility requirements for federally supported programs and attend classes through the 60% point of the semester. Every student who is applying for financial aid at Gaston College must apply for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This program of direct supplemental grants of financial aid is for students of exceptional financial need who without the grants would be unable to continue their education.  Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Federal College Work-Study Program

Gaston College participates in the college work-study program, which provides on-campus work opportunities for students needing financial assistance to attend school. Work is available in the library, faculty offices, administrative offices, laboratories, shops, and building and ground maintenance. Students working under this program are paid monthly for the work performed. In arranging a job and determining how many hours a week a student may work under this program, the Financial Aid Office will take into account the student's (1) need for financial assistance, (2) class schedule (enrolled in at least 6 credit hours), (3) health, and (4) academic progress.

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