Dates and Deadlines - Hamilton
To review how to apply for financial aid, click here: Apply for Financial Aid.
As you review financial aid deadlines, we also encourage you to review deadlines for scholarships and special programs such as the Partnership Program as these deadlines are different. See Scholarships and Grants or The Partnership Program for more information.
Financial aid award letters will be emailed beginning May 15th for students who have completed a FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application by the May 1st priority deadline. Financial aid applications submitted after the priority deadline will be evaluated on a rolling basis.
A financial aid award letter will include
- any scholarships that have been awarded;
- any funding from other sources as reported by the student; and
a student's loan eligibility.
After receiving an award letter, the student must complete and sign the Award Acceptance Statement and return it to the Financial Aid Office. New borrowers at GCTS must also sign a promissory note and complete a loan counseling tutorial. Refer to Apply for Financial Aid for more information about how to complete the promissory note and loan counseling tutorial.
February 15, 2017
Applications due for Merit Scholarships
April 15, 2017
|Student Loans and Need-Based Aid|
|May 1, 2017||Priority deadline to apply for need-based aid and student loans. Complete the FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application by this date. See Apply for Financial Aid for instructions.|
|May 15, 2017||Financial aid award letters will be mailed beginning May 15th for students who have completed financial aid applications.|
|July 15, 2017||Complete Award Acceptance Statement and return it to the Financial Aid Office. Complete promissory note and entrance counseling at StudentLoans.gov.|
|Student loans are disbursed two to three weeks after the start of the semester.|
Student Loans and Need-Based Aid -- for students new to financial aid
|December 1, 2017||Priority deadline to apply for need-based aid and student loans. Complete the FAFSA and GCTS Financial Aid Application by this date.|
|December 15, 2017||Complete Award Acceptance Statement and return it to the Financial Aid Office. Complete promissory note and entrance counseling at StudentLoans.gov.|
|February 2018||Student loans are disbursed two to three weeks after the start of the semester.|
A Special Note about Summer Loans
We encourage students who are considering summer study to plan for the entire year in advance in order to stretch their aid to help with summer tuition costs. You may receive a Summer Loan only for the summer term in which you are enrolled. You must be enrolled for at least 3 credits for the Full Summer Semester OR at least 3 credits over the combined Summer I, Summer II, and Summer III sessions to receive a summer loan.
If you need to explore the possibility of a summer loan after the academic year has begun, please contact the Financial Aid Office after April 15th. We will review your eligibility and email you a revised award letter. If you have not already accepted and received your maximum loan award for the academic year, you may be eligible for a summer loan.
If no eligibility remains for the current academic year, you may complete the Financial Aid Application for the next academic year. Review the application process here: Apply for Financial Aid. If you are eligible for a loan, it would be included toward the loan limit for the upcoming academic year.