- MGCC’s Educational Foundation offers scholarships to MGCC students.
- Local/Private Scholarships may also offer scholarships as an additional form of aid.
- Check your local and regional organization for scholarships opportunities.
- Foundation for Roanoke Valley (FRV), a community foundation, administers a variety of scholarships to reward and assist capable and deserving students based on the criteria established by the fund donors
- VFCCE offers students the opportunity to apply for scholarships from $500 to $10,000. The VFCCE recognizes outstanding students of all ages and backgrounds.
- Online scholarship searches may provide additional forms of aid.
- VA benefits may be available to veterans. Please visit the website for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for detailed information regarding benefits.
- Dislocated workers may qualify for the Dislocated Worker program.
- MGCC’s Business Office offers the option of setting up a payment plan.
For parents of dependent students. Parents must be signed in with their own Federal Student Aid PIN. Click on the green Sign In button.
In order to apply for a federal student loan, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. Federal loans are government loans and offer borrowers protections and alternative repayment options that private loans may not, such as income-based repayment and forgiveness programs. Federal student loans also have flat interest rates set by Congress, while the interest rate on a private student loan depends on your or your co-signer’s credit. You must apply for a private student loan through a bank, credit union or online lender. To help you with the decision-making process, here is a website that explains the differences between federal and private loans: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/federal-vs-private
Students choose to take out private loans when:
- They have already borrowed the maximum subsidized and unsubsidized federal student loans.
- They have good credit or a co-signer has good credit (most private student loans require a co-signer).
- They are borrowing only what they need.
Here is a website that lists various private loan lenders: https://lendedu.com/blog/private-student-loans/
Mountain Gateway Community College does not endorse any one private loan lender.
This site is managed by the US Department of Education and includes the following information:
- School Code List
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Renewal FAFSA
- Student Guide
- Guide to Defaulted Loans
Additional sites managed by the US Department of Education
Additional web sites
- Financial Awareness Basics
- American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Tax Credits
- Selective Service Administration
- State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) An online resource for students, parents and education personnel who are seeking information about federal and state financial aid.