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Thinking “I can’t afford to go to college”?... Think again!

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Are you thinking, "I can’t afford to go to college"??? If so, we have a challenge for you:  Look into it.

It just might be more achievable than you think. Here’s how:

College affordability is achievable!The typical GSC student brings a considerable amount of transfer credit.
The less credit you need to earn, the less tuition you need to pay.

71% of our students qualify for financial aid
We’re talking scholarship and grants—not loans.

Two-thirds of our students on financial aid qualify for a Federal Pell Grant.
Federal funds awarded to undergraduate students who have exceptional financial need and who have not earned a bachelor’s degree.


The biggest X-factor in this mix is Pell Grants mostly because, they’re often misunderstood.

Let’s dig into Federal Pell Grants and clarify some little-known-facts and common misconceptions.


  • You are an undergraduate student (no age limit) in financial need

  • You are enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in an eligible degree program

  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or home school equivalent

  • You are a U.S. citizen or elgible non-citizen


  • Determined by your financial need, cost of attendance, full- or part-time status, and plan to attend school for a full academic year or less. You can only receive Pell Grant funds for one college at a time

  • Different than a loan. Pell Grants do NOT have to be repaid

  • Determined on an annual basis. You will need to submit a new FAFSA every year

  • To be used only for eligible school-related expenses (i.e. books, lab materials, off-campus housing, transportation costs, etc.)

  • Higher/lower depending on your enrollment status. There are minimum and maximum amounts, and full-time enrollment will be awarded a higher amount than a part-time enrollment

  • Disbursed by your college applying the funds to your school costs; providing direct payment to you; or a combination of the two methods

Still have questions about Financial Aid? Check out "Q&A - The financial aid information you need to know," and learn more about our affordable bachelor's degree programs.

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