How to Apply

Take the Following Steps to Apply

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  1. After your application for admission has been submitted, you should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using our school code 002973.
  2. Please see the Seven Easy Steps to the FAFSA: A student’s guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid tutorial.
  3. You must submit an official high school, GED, or adult high school transcript to the Admissions Office prior to being awarded. High schools must be regionally accredited.
  4. If you are interested in Gaston College Foundation scholarships, you may apply online through AcademicWorks/Blackbaud Award Management each year during March-April.
  5. If you are interested in Work-Study, you should submit an application online or in the Financial Aid Office.

We award financial assistance to curriculum students in the form of scholarships, grants, and work-study programs. 

Gaston College currently does not participate in the Federal Direct Loan program or with the various private loan servicers; however, the staff in the Financial Aid Office is available to answer questions regarding loans and debt management.

You may request a shopping sheet from the Financial Aid and VA Office to compare the costs of attending our college with other institutions.

Our Cosmetology Diploma Program is considered a clock hour program. Students enrolling in the program for the first time will have their federal aid disbursed based on clock hours (actual time in class/lab/salon), not on semester hour credit. For more detailed information, please contact us at 704-922-6227.