Financial Aid

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 date:

  • Priority date is July 1, 2017
  • 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 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 2017-2018 is


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FAFSA on the Web for 2017-2018

You will get your results back sooner by applying online. The website for 2017-2018 is While Gateway Community College accepts applications all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, your application should be completed by the following dates:

  • Priority date is July 1, 2017
  • If you don't already have a FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to the FAFSA website and clicking the link, create an FSA ID. You'll need a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA using your 2015 Federal Taxes and W2's.
  • The student as well as parents must have completed their 2015 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 2017-2018 award year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018), you must submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Scheduling an FAFASA Appointment

You can now schedule a FAFSA appointment with the Financial Aid Office. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, cancellations must be made 4 hours in advance. To schedule an appointment you must have the following:

  • Student and Parent’s FSA ID.
  • Student and Parent’s completed 2015 Federal Tax Returns with W2’s must be file (2) weeks prior to scheduling the appointment.

To schedule an appointment go to


Getting Your IRS Transcript

  • To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax transcript and W-2 forms online go to the IRS website at
  • To obtain a copy by phone, contact the IRS at (844) 545-5640 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


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