Financial Aid

Important News

GCC's New Federal Verification Process for 2018-2019

We have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process by utilizing the Verification Gateway (VG) online portal. If your FAFSA application is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive an introductory email at the email address you provided on the FAFSA. If no email was provided, you will receive an introductory postcard. The postcard will have our school logo along with Inceptia’s, so you will know it is official. Please note, the deadline for submitting these documents is July 1, 2018. Failure to provide the requested documents could result in the delay or denial of financial aid.

Update for Students with Financial Aid

Financial Aid awarding is underway and applications are processed in the order they were received. While Gateway Community College accepts applications all year, in order to ensure priority consideration, your application should be completed by July 1, 2018.

  • Financial Aid students should check their status in my.CommNet in mid-April, and complete any outstanding requirements to finalize their award.
  • Financial Aid Students should track their site to make sure a Financial Aid Award is on their account before registering for classes; if not, there is a payment plan option.
  • Students should not register unless they are ready to make a payment at that time.
  • You must complete your FAFSA form on the web! The website for 2018-2019 is You will get your results back sooner by applying online.
  • If you don't already have a FSA ID, you can create one when logging into the FAFSA website and clicking the link "Create an FSA ID". You'll need a FSA ID to electronically sign your FAFSA. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also apply for a FSA ID so they can electronically sign your FAFSA.
  • To apply for Financial Aid, you must complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA using your 2016 Federal Taxes and W2 form(s).
  • The student as well as parents must have completed their 2016 Federal Tax returns.
  • If you need assistance filing your application electronically, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at (800) 433-3243, or Gateway's Financial Aid Office at (203) 285-2030 to schedule an appointment. Please note that appointments can be limited. 

Must I apply each year?

Eligibility for federal student aid does not carry over from one award year to the next. Therefore, you must reapply for aid each award year by completing and submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you want to receive federal student aid for the 2018-2019 award year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019), you must submit a 2018-2019 FAFSA.

Scheduling an FAFSA Appointment

You can now schedule a FAFSA appointment with the Financial Aid Office. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, cancellations must be made four (4) hours in advance. To schedule an appointment you must have the following:

  • Student's and Parents' FSA ID.
  • Student's and Parents' completed 2016 Federal Tax Returns with             W2 form(s).

To schedule an appointment go to


Getting Your IRS Transcript

  • To obtain a copy of your Federal Tax transcript and W2 forms online, go to the IRS website at
  • To obtain a copy by phone, contact the IRS at (844) 545-5640 and follow the voice prompt.
  • To obtain a copy by mail, mail the IRS form 4506-T (or form 4506-T-EZ) to, or request a copy in person at, 150 Court Street, New Haven, CT 06511. IRS forms are also available online at


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