Financial Aid

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Gaston College offers low tuition rates while still providing the same high-quality education available at other colleges and universities. In addition to a tuition rate that is typically 50-75% less expensive than 4-year public or private universities, GC also provides financial aid and scholarships for eligible students.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility for valuable federal and state grants as well as federal work-study positions. We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA and never assume you won’t qualify. Watch this short FAFSA overview video for more information.

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.

The US Department of Ed (DOEI) National Default Rate of FY 2018 is 7.3%. Gaston College’s Cohort Default Rate History.



Important FAFSA Information

Financial Aid School Code: 002973

Priority Completion Date for Fall:  July 15
Priority Completion Date for Spring:  December 1
Priority Completion Date for Summer:  April 1



Have questions? You can contact us at 704.922.6227 or

The following courses are not eligible for financial aid: CJC-100, NAS-101, NAS-102, NAS-103, NAS-107, PBT-100 and PBT-101. In some instances, other courses or majors may also be ineligible. Please contact the Financial Aid office if you have any questions.