Title IV Refund checks are tentatively scheduled to be mailed by the Finance Department on September 7, 2016, based on verified attendance. All other credit balance checks will be issued September 9, 2016. All checks are mailed to the address students have listed with the Records Office.
Students! Please review your Banner frequently for updates to your Financial Aid Status.
GADSDEN STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HOURS OF OPERATION
FINANCIAL AID OFFICE HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
GADSDEN & AYERS
Monday - Thursday 7:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday 7:30AM - 11:30AM
Monday & Thursday
7:30AM - 5:00PM
7:30AM - 5:00PM
***During peak times, lines will be closed at an appropriate time to allow students to be served by the published closing time.
Gadsden - 256-549-8284
One Stop Center, East Broad Campus at P.O. Box 227, Gadsden, AL, 35902-0227
McClellan - 256-238-9341
Room 1216 at 100-A Gamecock Drive, Anniston, AL 36205
Ayers - 256-835-5420
1801 Coleman Road, Anniston, AL 36207
Cherokee - 256-927-1801
801 Cedar Bluff Road, Centre, AL 35960
To ensure financial aid processing prior to the beginning of classes, FAFSAs must be completed at least 15 business days prior to the first day of the term, and all verification documents must be received in the Financial Aid Office at least ten business days prior to the first day of the term.
The following are resource tools will make completing the FAFSA easier: Tips and Common Mistakes to Avoid , 7 Common FAFSA Mistakes , 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes , Tips for Unique Situations , 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA , Who is My Parent , FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents , and How to Create an FSA ID.
Please note that it is best to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, if available, when completing the FAFSA. A "How To" video for using the retrieval tool is available by clicking here, or review printable instructions detailing how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool here. Not only will using this IRS Data Retrieval Tool make the application process easier, it will also speed the verification process considerably. If you choose not to utilize the IRS Date Retrieval Tool when filing your FAFSA online, or are not allowed access to do so, then a copy of your "tax return transcript" will be needed if you are selected for verification by the federal processing center for that tax year's FAFSA. In the past, Gadsden State was able to accept copies of completed tax return forms (i.e., 1040, 1040A, etc); however, new regulations now require us to have a signed copy of your tax return transcript. Once you have filed your tax return, a tax transcript can be requested, free of charge, at the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to request a tax transcript.
Three to four days after completing the FAFSA online, begin checking Banner for a Financial Aid tab. This page will have an option for you to review your student requirements related to your FAFSA application; CLICK HERE for "How To" instructions.
To Parents and Prospective Students
Due to federal privacy regulations that do not allow student information to be shared without a student's consent, students must complete a Student Consent Form for Release of Financial Records to allow their financial aid information to be shared with parents, legal guardians, spouses and/or any other relationships.
The mission and primary purpose of the Financial Aid Office is to deliver the highest quality services in an efficient and effective way; to secure adequate funding from the various Federal, State, and private sources to meet the needs of our students; and to support efforts that promote and encourage students to plan for postsecondary education.
Code of Conduct
The Gadsden State Community College Financial Aid Office staff is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct. As members of NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the staff abides by its code of conduct, as follows.
An institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. In doing so, a financial aid professional should:
- Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
- Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
- Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
- Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
- Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any entity (other than an institution of higher education or a governmental entity such as the U.S. Department of Education) involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value (including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory body or as part of a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity.
- Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe, any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.