Financial Aid

Getting Started

To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a 2013-2014 FAFSA using your 2012 Federal Taxes and W2's.  To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax returns and W-2 forms please refer to the IRS website at www.irs.gov, contact the IRS at (800) 829-0922, or request a copy in person at 150 Court Street, New Haven, CT 06511.  If you need assistance filing your application electronically, please call The Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243 or Gateway's Financial Aid Office at (203) 285-2030 to schedule an appointment.

Important News

Update for students with Financial Aid

Financial Aid awarding is underway and applications are processed in the order they were received. While Gateway Community College accepts application all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, your application should be completed by the following dates:

While Gateway Community College accepts applications all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, you application should be completed by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester Deadline is July 14, 2014
  • Spring Semester Deadline is December 8, 2014.
  • Financial Aid students should check their status in my.commnet in mid-April and complete any outstanding requirements to finalize their award.
  • Financial Aid Students should track their my.commnet.edu site to make sure a Financial Aid Award is on their account before registering for classes, if not there is a payment plan option.
  • Students should not register, unless they are ready to make a payment at that time.
  • You must complete your FAFSA form on the web! The website for 2014-2015 is www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Getting Started

FAFSA on the Web for 2013-2014

You can now fill out your FAFSA form on the web! You will get your results back sooner by applying online. The website for 2013-2014 is www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If you don't already have a PIN, you can apply for one now at www.pin.ed.gov. You'll need a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a PIN so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.  Duplicate PINs can also be obtained from this website.

You will get your results back sooner by applying online. The website for 2014-2015 is www.fafsa.ed.gov. While Gateway Community College accepts applications all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, your application should be completed by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester Deadline is July 14, 2014.
  • Spring Semester Deadline is December 8, 2014.
  • If you don't already have a PIN, you can apply for one now at www.pin.ed.gov. You'll need a PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a PIN so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.  Duplicate PINs can also be obtained from this website.
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a 2014-2015 FAFSA using your 2013 Federal Taxes and W2's.
  • The student as well as parents must have completed their 2013 Federal Tax Returns 2-3 weeks prior to applying for aid. If you wait for the IRS to process the tax information it will allow you to use the IRS data retrieval option. This option allows you to import your tax information from the IRS into your FAFSA application, which increases the income information accuracy.
  • If you need assistance filing your application electronically, please call The Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243 or Gateway's Financial Aid Office at (203) 285-2030 to schedule an appointment. Please note that appointments can be limited. 

Must I apply each year?

Eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one award year to the next. Therefore, you must reapply for aid each award year by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you want to receive federal student aid for the 2014-2015 award year (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015), you must submit a 2014-2015 FAFSA.

Scheduling an FAFASA Appointment for 2014-2015

You can now schedule a FAFSA appointment with the Financial Aid Office. Appointments will start on February 19, 2014 and ends on May 2, 2014. Students are ONLY given (2) courtesy reschedule appointments. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, cancellations must be made 4 hours in advance. Appointments are available on the following days: 

  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 4:00PM
  • Friday: 10:00 PM – 2:00 PM

To Schedule an appointment you must have the following:

  • Student and Parent’s Federal Pin numbers.
  • Student and Parent’s completed 2013 Federal Tax Returns with W2’s must be file (2) weeks prior to scheduling the appointment.

To Schedule an appointment go to https://timecenter.com/gatewaycc/?rid=25192

Getting Your IRS Transcript

  • To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax transcript and W-2 forms online go to the IRS website at www.irs.gov.
  • To obtain a copy by phone, contact the IRS at (800) 908-9946 and follow the voice prompt.
  • To obtain a copy by mail, mail the IRS form 4506-T (or form 4506-T-EZ) or request a copy in person at 150 Court Street, New Haven, CT 06511. IRS forms are also available online at www.irs.gov or by calling (800) 829-3676.

 

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Financial Aid Workshops

Helfpul Links

www.fastweb.com
is a free service to students and parents. This website is a database of 180,000 scholarships offered by associations, corporations, service clubs and other private sources. It asks questions about you and then provides a list of scholarships for which you might qualify

www.fafsa.ed.gov
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is a basic form provided by the federal government for all federal aid programs.

http://www.finaid.org
On-line library of financial aid information and advice.

http://studentaid.ed.gov
Financial Aid and scholarship wizard, career Finder, college savings calculator and other publications.

http://www.students.gov
Find state financial aid, scholarships and student aid help lines.

http://schoolscholarships.org/
Features information for scholarships and other sources of financial aid. Articles include tips and advice on applying for scholarships.