Returning Students



All returning students must reapply for need-based financial aid each year by completing the Renewal FAFSAThe Priority Filing Date:  April 15th, Deadline Date:  June 1st.  All required documentation must be submitted by July 1st or you will forfeit your GCU need based aid. Please be aware that significant changes in a family's financial circumstances will result in an adjustment of a student's award.  

The New IRS Data Retrieval Tool 

You can save time and effort if you qualify to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. It will transfer your income tax data directly from the IRS to your online FAFSA.  You will want to wait approximately 14 days from the time that you submit you IRS Tax Return to use this tool.

You and your parents may be eligible to use this tool if:  

  • Your family income tax returns were filed electronically at least two weeks before you complete the FAFSA. 
  • Your family income tax returns were mailed to the IRS at least eight weeks before you complete the FAFSA. 

If you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and choose to do so, you’ll be transferred from the online FAFSA to the IRS website, which will guide you through the transfer of your tax information. When you’re done, you’ll be sent back to your FAFSA. 

You don’t have to use this tool, but it’s recommended that you do. If you have to complete the FAFSA using estimated income tax information, you can always return to FAFSA on the Web to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool once you have filed your tax forms.

To inquire about the status of your FAFSA, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243. 


*New Process to Determine Eligibility for Tuition Aid Grant (TAG)*

New Jersey Residents
To be considered for a Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) during the 2014-15 academic year, 2013-14 Tuition Aid Grant recipients must submit their FAFSA by June 1, 2014.  All other applicants must submit the FAFSA by October 1, 2014, and March 1, 2015, for Spring Term only students.  The Document Deadline is November 15, 2014 for Fall Term and March 15, 2015 for Spring Term.  Documents must be received by NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) by those dates.  

 To be considered for the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), you will be asked by the state of New Jersey to supply the following data items; 

  1. Driver's License number and state
  2. Amount of Veteran's Benefit (for Independent Students)
  3. Amount of untaxed Social Security Benefits
  4. Amount of Earned Income Credit (from tax return)

You will be contacted by NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority HESAA by either email or postcard.  You must reply to these contacts as soon as possible.  You will be provided a website to be used to enter this data.  If the answer is zero please place a zero in the field.  A blank will be considered incomplete.


 Other Information

Upon receiving an Award letter from the Office of Financial Aid review it carefully and notify us at if you would like to decrease, increase or decline any of your loans. If a file has been selected for verification by the Federal Government students, parents, and stepparents must submit signed copies of federal income tax forms (including all schedules, partnership tax returns and schedules, and S-corporation tax return

After reviewing application materials, the Office of Student Financial Aid may determine that additional information is needed. The office will contact you to request any additional documentation needed to process your aid application. If you receive a request for additional information, respond promptly to avoid delaying your application.

If you need to submit any documents directly to GCU, please send them to the following address:

Georgian Court University
Office of Financial Aid
900 Lakewood Ave.
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701


Priority Filing Dates and Deadlines

Returning Students FAFSA Priority Filing Date/ Deadline Date Tax Returns and/or Required Paperwork
2014-15 April 15, 2014
June 1, 2014
July 1, 2014

Scholarships and Grant funds may be limited after the deadlines. As a result, students who complete their financial aid application after these published deadlines may find that their financial aid award is weighted more heavily toward need-based loans than need-based scholarships.


Payment Plans

Tuition Management Systems(TMS). TMS is a payment plan that provides families with the option to budget tuition and other educational expenses over a 10-month period interest free. The fee for this program is a nonrefundable fee of $47 per term. For more information go to or call 888.713.7234  

To find out when semester charges are due, contact

School Code 002608
E-mail Address
Financial Aid (732) - 987 - 2258

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