FAQ

FAQ

    1. How do I reach the Financial Aid Office?
      Call (518) 828-4181 ext 3360 or e-mail us.
    2. What is my Federal Pin?
      You can find out by logging on to: www.pin.ed.gov (link opens in new browser window)
    3. In order to receive financial aid do I have to apply each year?
      Yes. A student must apply for financial aid each “academic year” they plan to attend. The academic year at CGCC begins with Fall and includes the following Spring and Summer semesters.
    4. Do I have to apply every semester?
      No. A student must apply for financial aid each “academic year” they plan to attend, but not every semester.
    5. What is the CGCC Federal School Code?
      The CGCC Federal School Code is 006789.
    6. What is the CGCC TAP code?
      The CGCC TAP code is 2038
    7. Do I need to submit tax returns?
      Some students (and parents) are required to submit copies of tax returns and other information to be reviewed. If we need you to submit any documents, we will notify you by mail.
    8. Should I use a Scholarship Search Service?
      We recommend you explore all sources of Financial Assistance. For more information, see the Types of Financial Aid section of this web site. We also recommend you not use services that charge a fee.
    9. What does it take to be considered an independent student?
      You must be able to answer YES to at least one of the following which appear as questions 48-54 on the FAFSA:

      • Are you 24 years of age, prior to the start of the calendar year?
      • As of today, are you married? (Answer “YES” if you are separated but not divorced)
      • Do you have any children who receive more than half of their support from you?
      • Do you have dependents (other than your children or spouse) who live with you and who receive more than half of their support from you, now and through the end of the upcoming academic year?
      • Are you an orphan or ward of the court or were you a ward of the court until age 18?
      • Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces?
    10. We’ve been told we probably will not qualify for aid. Should we bother to apply?
      We encourage everyone to apply at least once to determine if they are eligible.
    11. If my parents are divorced or separated, which parent should provide the information required to apply for aid?
      Answer the questions about the parent you lived with more during the past 12 months. (If you did not live with one parent more than the other, give answers about the parent who provided more financial support during the past 12 months, or during the most recent year that you actually received support from a parent) If this parent has remarried as of today, answer the questions about that parent and the person whom your parent married (your step-parent).
    12. What if I can’t get my parents information?
      If you are unable to answer YES to one of the questions ##48-54 on the FAFSA form, you must provide parents information.
    13. What if I withdraw? How will it affect me?
      Withdrawing from classes will affect you either in the current semester or in the future. You should think very carefully about your decision and speak with your academic advisor before making any decisions. Please view the Financial Aid section of the College Catalog to review possible affects. You will need Adobe Reader to view the catalog online. Get it here for free.
    14. What do DRUG CONVICTIONS have to do with Financial Aid?
      By law, some students who have drug-related convictions under any federal or state law may be ineligible for federal student aid. According to the law, if you are convicted of a drug-related offense you may face these restrictions:

      • For possession of illegal drugs, you are ineligible from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:
        • 1 year for a first offense
        • 2 years for a second offense
        • Indefinitely for a third offense
      • For sale of illegal drugs, you are ineligible from the date of conviction (not arrest) for:
        • 2 years for a first offense
        • Indefinitely for a second offense
      • Do all drug convictions count?
        No, do not count any conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from your record. Also, do not count any conviction that occurred before you turned 18, unless you were prosecuted as an adult.Alcohol and tobacco are not illegal drugs under this law.
      • If I have drug convictions, should I still apply for student aid?
        Yes, even if you have drug convictions, you should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (link opens in a new browser window). You may be eligible, depending on the date and number of convictions.Even if you are ineligible for federal student aid, you should complete and submit your FAFSA. Many states and schools use information from the FAFSA, and you may still be eligible for scholarships or other types of aid from other programs.There is a way that you can regain eligibility for the federal programs no matter how many or what type of drug convictions you have.You must successfully complete an acceptable drug rehabilitation program that meets the standards set by Congress and the Department of Education, and you will regain eligibility on the date you complete the program.
      • How do I answer question 31 on the FAFSA?
        Do not leave this question blank. Question 31 on the FAFSA asks about drug convictions. If you answer “YES” you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or go to www.fafsa.ed.gov (link opens in a new browser window) if you need help filling out the worksheet after you receive it in the mail.
      • What is an acceptable drug rehabilitation program?
        An acceptable drug rehabilitation program must have TWO unannounced drug tests AND it must either:

        1. Be qualified to receive funds from a federal, state or local government agency or program, or from a state or federally licensed insurance company
          OR
        2. Be administered or recognized by a federal, state or local government agency or court, or by a state or federally licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.
      • How can I get more information?
        If you still have questions about the law, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Your personal information is confidential, and you will remain anonymous.If you want to find out if a drug rehabilitation program meets the described standards, you need to contact the rehabilitation program.
    15. What if my family’s financial circumstances change after I apply?
      If there is a drastic change to your and/or your family’s financial circumstances, contact the financial aid office.
    16. Will I be eligible for the same amount of financial aid yearly?
      Each academic year you must complete a new application. Your eligibility is based on the information you provide on the application, the number of credit hours you are taking, and your previous academic performance. If any of these things change, or eligibility rules change, your awards may change
    17. How much Financial Aid can I get?
      Eligibility is determined by the information you report on your FAFSA form, the number of credit hours you are taking, and your previous academic performance at Columbia-Greene Community College (returning students). To begin, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA application (link opens in a new browser window). To research what types of aid are available, view our College Catalog or visit the Types of Financial Aid section of this website.
    18. Will I be eligible for the same amount of aid at every college?
      Probably not. If you are considering other colleges, contact them regarding your eligibility at their school.
    19. Is there an income level cutoff to qualify for financial aid?
      There are many factors that affect a student’s eligibility. We encourage everyone to apply no matter what your income may be.
    20. After I sign my Stafford Loan Promissory Note, when can I expect the money?
      After you sign and return your Stafford Loan Promissory Note, your loan proceeds will electronically transferred to the C-GCC Bursar’s Office and applied to your student account. Once your account is paid in full, the Bursar will notify you of funds available that were not needed to pay your bill.Please note: We begin disbursing funds about the 6th week of school, after the faculty have verified whether or not students are attending their classes.
    21. Can I receive Financial Aid as a part-time student?
      Yes. For more information, see the Types of Financial Aid section of this web site.
    22. What if I am part-time? Do I need to any other forms?
      You may need additional forms. Please go to the Applications page.

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