Financial Aid & Scholarships

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GRCC students receive an education that rivals top Michigan universities for a fraction of the cost. We are committed to ensuring your education is financially possible by working with you to identify grant, scholarship and loan options unique to your needs and academic goals.

Your first step to qualify for most financial aid programs is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you are one of the millions of students that qualify each year.

*NEW*  FAFSA is now available on your mobile devise by downloading the myStudentAid mobile app.

If you need help filling out the FAFSA or determining which financial aid options are best for you, schedule an appointment with one of our financial aid specialists or walk in during Enrollment Center business hours.


Date: Saturday March 23, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LocationWisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center

Reserve your spot today > Click here to RSVP ONLINE


Important News and Dates:


Having Trouble Obtaining Your Federal Tax Return Transcript?

Effective January 9, 2019, students and parents unable to obtain federal tax return transcripts needed to satisfy income verification requirements may now submit signed federal income tax returns (ex: 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) that were previously submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. Signed 2016 federal income tax returns are required for 2018-19 FAFSA income verification. Signed 2017 federal income tax returns are required for 2019-20 FAFSA income verification.

Unable to Obtain a Verification of Non-Filing Letter from the IRS?

If you are a student or parent who did not file a federal income tax return for the applicable tax year*, were not required to do so, and have been unable to obtain a Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS, you may provide the following alternate documentation:

  • A signed statement explaining that you attempted, but were unable to obtain a Verification of Non-filing letter from the IRS, you did not file a federal income tax return for the applicable tax year, and you were not required by federal tax law to file one.

  • Documentation of your attempt to request a verification of non-filing letter, such as a print screen showing that the IRS Get Transcript Tool is unavailable.

  • If you were employed, a list of your employers for the applicable year and the amount of income you earned from each employment source.

  • Copies of all IRS W-2 forms or an equivalent document for each source of employment income.

*Note: 2016 tax information is required for 2018-19 income verification and 2017 tax information is required for 2019-20 income verification.


IRS Warns of New Email Scam


The IRS has sent out a warning about a new email scam that may contain malicious malware. The fraudulent emails, which appear to be sent from “IRS Online,” contain an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript,” or something similar. The IRS, however, does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor emails containing sensitive information such as that which is included in a tax return. The IRS asks the public not to open the email, and if using a personal computer to delete it or forward it to If one is using an employer’s computer, the IRS asks that the employee notify his or her company of the email.


Are you interested in being a GRCC Student Ambassador – Peer Mentor Program?

Please read this Ambassador description and contact the appropriate person if you are!

  • Taking classes during the fall 2018, winter 2019 or summer 2019 semesters? Fill out the 2018-19 FAFSA based on your 2016 income information.
  • Taking classes during the fall 2019, winter 2020 or summer 2020 semesters? Fill out the 2019-20 FAFSA based on your 2017 income information. Or download the myStudentAid app.
  • A new Repayment Plan is available to all federal student loan borrowers.
  • State aid recipients: Starting in the 2018-19 school year you must complete a FAFSA to be considered for any form of state aid


Winter 2019 Financial Aid Calendar



Financial Aid Priority Date

Three weeks prior to due date

Initial eBill Notifications Emailed to Students

November 12, 2018

Tuition Due Date

December 5, 2018

Bookstore Charges and Raider Card Transfers

January 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

through January 25, 2019

Winter Semester Start Date

January 7, 2019

Last Day for Facts Payment Plan

January 11, 2019

Census Date

January 22, 2019 (Midnight)

Pell Grants and Winter half of Direct Loans  February 8, 2019
2nd half of Winter only Direct Loans  March 15, 2019