Prepare Your Financial Aid Application

Getting an Email Address

GCC Financial Aid and the US Department of Education use email to keep you informed of your financial aid status.  If you do not have an email account, you can get a free account at any of the following:

Applying for a FAFSA PIN (personal identification number)

If you do not already have a federal student aid PIN, go to  The PIN allows you to electronically sign your federal student aid application (FAFSA), saving you weeks of processing time.If you have to include your parents' information when you complete your federal aid application, your parents will also need to request a federal student aid PIN.

If you are not sure if you already have a PIN, you can go to to check.  The Department of Education will email you direction on how to obtain your PIN from a secure website. Allow 5 days to secure your PIN.

Your PIN serves as your password to access your personal information on the Department of Education website.