Receiving Your Financial Aid Award

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How long does it take to know how much I qualify for?

The amount of time it takes to determine your federal financial aid award varies throughout the year and is dependent upon how quickly you respond to additional information requests. We recommend that you allow up to three months for processing. 

Please keep in mind the Important Dates, as certain deadlines can determine if you are required to make payment arrangements pending completion of your file.

Check your Student Center

Requests for additional information will be sent to your Maricopa Student Center. These required documents may be requested via your Message Center or appear on your To Do List. Check your Student Center often as communications can happen constantly.

Once your file has been reviewed and completed, you will receive a message in your Message Center notifying you of an award if you are eligible. To find your award, click the Financial Aid link under Finances in your Student Center. Your Financial Aid award will display for each academic year you are awarded at a Maricopa Community College. It will give you the option to accept or decline awards. This will also prevent you from being dropped from your classes. 

Remaining Financial Aid Funds

Financial Aid is scheduled to credit to your student account near the end of the second full week of the standard term or the earliest class start date, whichever occurs the latest. Excess aid, the amount remaining after all tuition, fees, book advance, and any other related charges are covered, will be disbursed to you through the Maricopa Student Refund Program (MSRP). Students should not expect their funds any earlier than the following week and the timing is dependent upon the MSRP delivery method selected.

The Book Advance program is an advance of the financial aid award. You can use it to purchase textbooks and supplies.

First time student loan borrowers may have a 30 day disbursement delay of funds. Federal regulations require this delayed disbursement unless you have completed 30 days of an eligible program of study at GCC as determined by the GCC Admissions and Records Office.

Tips on how to avoid delays

  • Complete the FAFSA as early as possible to apply for the financial aid you need for fall, spring and summer of the next school year. Please visit our How to Apply for Financial Aid page for details on when applications are available and what documents you will need to complete the application.
  • Be sure to select Glendale Community College in Arizona as a school of choice. Our school code is 001076. Upon receipt, the federal processor will send an electronic record of your application to the GCC Financial Aid office within the next three business days.
  • Apply early because application processing begins mid-spring and some funds are limited.
  • Check your To Do List and your Message Center in your Student Center and your Maricopa Student Email Account often. This is where you'll be notified if more information is needed to complete your application.
  • Be organized. When applying for any Financial Aid, keep all applicable paperwork available.
  • When applying for scholarships, application deadlines vary throughout the year. Please visit our Scholarships page for additional information.