GRCC boosting ways to help with FAFSA, access free-tuition programs

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The number of Grand Rapids Community College students completing federal financial aid forms has increased dramatically in the last year, but many students are still potentially missing out on grants and programs to make college more accessible and affordable.

GRCC is boosting ways to assist students filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA.

The number of FAFSA forms submitted to GRCC for the 2021-2022 academic year is up by nearly 2,000 applications, about 44 percent.

That’s the opposite of state and national trends, according to the National College Attainment Network. But GRCC leaders say there are many students who can still take advantage of financial aid opportunities.

“The FAFSA application is unquestionably the key to accessing scholarships and financial aid programs that can reduce or even eliminate college costs,” said Dr. Tina Hoxie, GRCC associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “GRCC is focused on helping students complete their FAFSA. We don’t want anyone to miss out on a life-changing education.”

FAFSA is an online form that requires financial and tax information for students and parents, if the students are dependents.

Students can connect with GRCC financial aid specialists by phone at (616) 234-4030; email at; text at (616) 219-8224; or virtually or in-person by appointment.

GRCC has a series of helpful videos available on YouTube’s GRCCtv.  

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