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Types of Aid

There are three major types of financial aid available to Gateway students. They include:

Grants

Grants are monies that under normal circumstances do not have to be repaid.  Students must be an undergraduate seeking a first degree and attending on at least half-time (six credits each semester). Pell grants can be given to students attending less than half-time.

Awards are for one academic year and require that students complete a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA each year to be considered for continuing eligibility.

A variety of grants are available through Gateway Technical College including:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Wisconsin Higher Education Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
  • Wisconsin Minority Grant
  • Wisconsin Talent Incentive Grant
  • Wisconsin Indian Grant
  • Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs Grant

Student Loans

Loans must be repaid with interest. Students must be attending college at least half-time (six credits per semester). They may not have these loans canceled because they didn't get a job in their field of study or because they are having financial difficulty. Loans are legal obligations.

Awards are for one academic year and require that students complete a FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA each year to be considered for continuing eligibility.

There are several loan types available to Gateway students. For more information visit www.studentloans.gov

Federal Direct Loans

  • Direct Unsubsidized – interest accrues immediately after the first disbursement
  • Direct Subsidized – need based loan and interest free for the student until six months after (grace period) he/she graduates, stops attending or ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits. In addition, interest does not accrue if student is in an authorized period of deferment.

Parent PLUS Loans

  • Parent Loan for a student. Interest begins immediately upon certification.  Students must exhaust all other forms of Financial Aid before Gateway will certify a PLUS Loan.

Alternative Student Loans (also called private student loans)

  • Gateway reserves the right not to certify Alternative Student Loans.
  • Students must exhaust all other forms of Financial Aid before Gateway will consider certification of a Private loan.

Important Loan Information:

  • Accept or reject student loan(s) via Web Advisor. Students must accept their student loans before Gateway will certify the loan. Please note that an acceptance or rejection for one semester means they are accepting or rejecting the loan for the entire school year that was awarded.
  • Loan Entrance Counseling is required for first time loan borrowers at Gateway Technical College. Students must complete the Loan Entrance Counseling Session at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Master Promissory Note (MPN) is required for first time loan borrowers at Gateway Technical College. Students must complete theirMaster Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.
  • Electronic Loan Application – The (Federal Student Aid) PIN will serve as an online signature for a student's MPN.
  • Guaranteed Loans are loans that have been assured by the U.S. Department of Education after verification of Loan Entrance Completion, certification by the school and the receipt of a signed Master Promissory Note (MPN).
  • Loan Exit Counseling is required for all loan borrowers at the time of graduation or when their enrollment is less than six credits at Gateway Technical College. Exit counseling may be completed online at www.studentloans.gov. Failure to comply will result in denial of official transcripts.
  • Repayment – Students enter repayment status six months after the last date of attendance or six months after the student's enrollment is less than six credits.
  • Loan Cancellation – each student will have up to 14 days after notice that the loan funds have been applied to their account to cancel or reduce loans. To cancel or reduce loans, students must email financialaid@gtc.edu.

Student Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. On campus positions as well as community service positions are available.