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How to Apply for Financial Aid

There are different options for covering tuition & fee costs. The first step is to complete the application(s) and process that best suits your status. We assist New, Returning, and Transfer College Students, High School/Dual EnrollmentTransient Students, and Veterans. Get started today, and apply early. To avoid common pitfalls in applying and completing your financial aid file, view Seven Ways to Delay Your Financial Aid and our Financial Aid Deadlines

New, Returning, & Transfer College Students

Apply for Both Federal and State Aid

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 2: Complete the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application (GSFAPP)

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA for Summer 2024 (May 15, 2024 – July 28, 2024) using 2021 income
      and tax information.
    • Submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA for Fall 2024 (August 2024 – December 2024), Spring 2025 (January
      2025 – May 2025), and Summer 2025 (May 2025 – July 2025) using 2022 income and tax
  • Be sure to list GNTC’s Federal School Code: 004024
  • If you are 23 years old or younger please view Am I Dependent or Independent?
  • If you can do so, please use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer tax information onto the FAFSA. If you were eligible to use the IRS DRT but opted not to, you can go back online to the FAFSA to use it.
  • Your processed FAFSA should load into our system within 5-10 business days.
  • If it comes in requesting documents, submit them as soon as possible and preferably ahead of the priority deadline to allow time for processing.
  • What if my Financial Situation is Different From What is Reported on the FAFSA? If your financial situation has changed between the tax year used to complete the FAFSA and the time you are attending, adjustments to take those changes into consideration may be possible under certain circumstances. If such is the case, then after you have initially Complete Your File, you may request a Professional Judgement.
  • You must file a FAFSA each year to be considered for federal aid. 
  • The GNTC Admissions Process also needs to be completed if you are a new student, a transfer student, a returning student who took a break from enrollment of a year or more, or a returning student who previously completed an official withdrawal.


Only Interested in State Aid?

  • If you wish to apply only for state aid programs (such as HOPE or Zell Miller Grant/Scholarship), you can complete the Georgia Student Financial Aid Application (GSFAAP) instead of the FAFSA.
  • The GSFAPP does not require tax or income information and is valid for ten years if completed.
  • If you are attending a degree program you would need to be checked for the HOPE Scholarship, which can require additional steps. 
Once your application has been received, the Financial Aid Office may require additional documentation. Please check your student email regularly and make sure you submit any additional documents as quickly as possible.

Foundation Scholarships

The GNTC Foundation Department receives private contributions in order to build and maintain outstanding academic and support programs at the college. Donations to the Foundation support areas of institutional need including scholarships to deserving students, equipment purchases, materials for the library, and staff development. To learn more and apply, view GNTC Foundation Scholarships.

Next Step

Already applied? Is your file fully completed? View Completing Your Financial Aid File.