Financial aid provides funds to eligible students for their direct college expenses (tuition and fees) and indirect college expenses (books, supplies, equipment, and a reasonable allowance for living expenses and transportation.)  The funds come in three forms: grants, which do not have to be repaid; loans, which must be repaid; and part-time jobs from which the student earns an hourly wage.  Students awarded financial aid may receive some or all forms of aid.

A student starts the financial aid application process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://studentaid.gov/. The Great Bay Community College school code is 002583.


The 2024-2025 FAFSA is the application for aid for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Spring 2025.

The 2025-2026 FAFSA is the application for aid for Summer 2025, Fall 2025, and Spring 2026

A new FAFSA must be filed each year.  The financial aid year begins with the summer term at GBCC.  The preferred filing date is April 1 for the upcoming financial aid year.  Students who meet this filing date will be considered for all institutional funds.  Students who file after this date will be considered on a funds-available basis.  If you are unable to meet the preferred deadline, filing by these dates will help to have your financial aid in place before you begin classes:

Begin Enrollment


Best to File By

Summer 2024


April 1, 2024

Fall 2024


June 1, 2024

Spring 2025


October 1, 2024

Summer 2025


April 1, 2025

Fall 2025


June 1, 2025

Spring 2026


October 1, 2025