Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Gwinnett Technical College offers a range of financial aid options that can help you pay for college. Applying is the first step! Aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important to apply for financial aid early.

To be considered for any federal or state aid programs, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you have completed the FAFSA, make sure you enter our school code (016139) so the federal government knows to send it to us after they process your application. The federal government will, in turn, issue a Student Aid Report (SAR). Make sure you read your SAR and correct any items needed.

The Gwinnett Tech Financial Aid Office will send you emails advising you of any items missing to complete your Financial Aid File to the email address listed on your FAFSA. Complete your file by the deadlines listed below to ensure your financial aid is ready for the upcoming semester. If you miss a date, still finish your file ASAP; but know we cannot guarantee your aid will be in place by the payment deadlines. Once your file is complete and aid is awarded, you will be sent an email to your student email that you have been awarded.

Apply for your financial aid now! Complete your application online.

Spring Priority File Completion Deadline: November 3, 2016
Spring Term C File Completion Deadline: January 26, 2017

File Completion indicates your FAFSA is complete, has been sent to Gwinnett Tech, and any requested documents including verification documents are received by Financial Aid or Enrollment Services. Please be aware that verification documents may take 3-5 weeks to process and follow-up documents may be requested. If your file is not complete by the priority deadlines, you need to begin planning on the possibility of paying your tuition and fees out of pocket. Students can look into the Nelnet Payment Plan (excluding Term C only students) by clicking on “Payment Plans” in the menu on the left.

Spring Refunds Begin: February 8, 2017
Spring Book Authorization Dates: January 3 – January 18, 2017

To see if you are eligible for a disbursement follow these steps:


  1. Go to
  2. Select "Enter Student/Faculty Secure Area"
  3. Log in using your user ID and Pin
  4. Go to "Student Services and Financial Aid"
  5. Click on "Student Records"
  6. Click on "Account Summary by Term"
  7. Click on the current semester link typed in blue
  8. Your itemized account balance for the term will be listed at the top of the page.
  9. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see your authorized financial aid. Students with more authorized aid than charges at time of disbursement should receive a refund.


Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, financial aid funds will be initially awarded for fall and spring semesters only. A Summer Survey will be made available in early spring 2017. Students who would like to request summer financial aid will be required to complete this brief survey to initiate summer financial aid awarding.

Summer Pell Grant and summer loan amounts will be limited to the availability of left-over eligibility that was not utilized during the fall and spring semesters. As a result, students who accept loans will need to actively accept the amount they would like to receive for each term. Please budget accordingly if you plan to attend summer. Go to the “Accept Award Offer” tab to accept loans. You should allow 3-5 business days for processing once your loan has been accepted. Any changes once a decision has been submitted will require an Award Adjustment Form to be completed and submitted to the office.

All Grant and Scholarship funding is automatically accepted and does not require active acceptance. Students who plan to utilize grants and scholarships for summer will also be required to complete the Summer Survey, once available.

  • You must be accepted into an eligible program of study to receive financial aid.

  • If you are awarded aid by the priority date, you will be able to charge your tuition.

  • If you are not awarded aid by the deadline, you will be required to pay your tuition, and you will be reimbursed when you are eligible.

  • Financial aid cannot be used prior to the academic term of acceptance, and students taking classes prior to acceptance are not eligible for financial aid.

  • You will have to apply or renew your application for financial aid every academic year in order to continue receiving aid. Beginning for the 2017-2018 academic year, the FAFSA will be available in October.

  • There are guidelines for maintaining your aid. Be sure to read these requirements so that your financial aid is not interrupted.

Watch the video below for information about the FAFSA and resources available to help you fill out this important application. 

Watch more FAFSA videos.