Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between scholarships and financial aid?

Scholarships are private donations given by individuals, businesses, organizations, and employees to students in order to pursue academic endeavors. Financial Aid is federal money, awarded to you from the Department of Education.

What scholarships does GCC offer?

GCC has hundreds of scholarship opportunities open at different times of the year. Some are program-specific, some are need-based, and others are based exclusively on academic merit.

How do I apply for a STARS scholarship?

You must apply for GCC scholarships at the STARS website during the open application periods, which usually begin in February (money for Fall semester) and October (money for Spring semester).

Will one STARS application allow me to apply for multiple scholarships?

Yes. Your unique profile will be compared to all scholarship criteria to determine your eligibility. You may complete the application at your own pace, returning to the website at your convenience, until the application deadline.

How do I use the STARS website?

The first time you use STARS, you will create your account. You'll receive an email with a username and password that you will use the next time you log in.

What kind of answers should I provide on my written questions?

Carefully read the application criteria to determine minimum requirements. Your answers should present yourself in a professional and clear manner. Consider including some pertinent life details, your academic efforts thus far, any difficulties or obstacles you have overcome in order to finance your education, and your hobbies or interests.

What if my major or program of study is not listed?

If your major or program of study is not listed, select a major that most closely resembles it.

How do I check the status of my application?

Log in to STARS to check the status of your application. The status will read "Applied For," "Pending," "Awarded" or "Denied." Your application is under review until the status is either "Awarded" or "Denied."

What if I need more help?

For more help contact or call 480.731.8407.