How To Apply For Aid

A student starts the financial aid application process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More on FAFSA

Eligibility Requirements

To receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid funds administered by the Great Bay Community College, a student must:

  • Be admitted to a degree-granting or an eligible certificate-granting program (16 credit hours or more) at Great Bay Community College
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of six eligible credits for student loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Federal Work-Study employment
  • Be meeting the Satisfactory Academic Policy for Financial Aid standards, as defined by the Financial Aid Office (see below)
  • Be registered with Selective Service (male students only)
  • Not be in default on a student loan
  • Not owe a refund on any federal (Title IV) financial aid
  • Not have aid eligibility suspended or terminated due to a drug-related conviction that occurred while receiving Title IV assistance
  • Not be receiving federal or state financial aid from another institution for the same enrollment period
  • For Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants not have a prior baccalaureate degree.

All students who complete and file a valid FAFSA are eligible for federal Direct Student loans, regardless of financial need. For grant programs, Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study and for subsidized Direct Loans, a student must have financial need, as determined by the federal need analysis calculation, based on the information provided on the FAFSA.

For some grants, most loans, and Federal Work-Study, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits.)

Students who accept loans must complete loan counseling and sign a promissory note.

To receive aid in future semesters, a student must meet qualitative and quantitative standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid (SAPFA.) These standards are described below and in The College's Financial Aid Handbook, available online: The website address is mailed to each student who receives a financial aid award.

Other Useful Financial Aid Forms