Cost of Attendance
Georgia Military College (GMC) calculates the cost of attendance by estimating the student´s education expenses for the period of yearly enrollment. This cost of attendance reflects how much the student alone will need to spend to live and attend school.
Standard costs of attendance are developed each year, reflecting average costs of attendance for students in various situations. Students can view current tuition and fee rates by clicking here. A cost of attendance is assigned to a student according to information obtained through the FAFSA.
Per federal regulations, a student's cost of attendance will be adjusted if he or she withdraws from classes and the resulting enrollment status is less than full time. The adjustment to the cost of attendance may result in the student owing previously disbursed aid back to GMC.
Click here to see the breakdown of the 2020-2021 cost of attendance for each GMC campus.
By entering estimates of your family income and student academic information, in just a few minutes the Georgia Military College Net Price Calculator will provide an estimate of the financial aid and out-of-pocket costs involved in what will be one of the most important investments you will ever make – a college education.
Students may appeal their cost of attendance by requesting a Professional Judgement (PJ). PJ requests must be made to the Financial Aid Office at the campus the student attends.
The three areas for which we will consider PJ are:
- Increases in the student’s Cost of Attendance to account for extraordinary expenses a student might incur while attending GMC;
- Changes in financial circumstances including loss of income, loss of recurring taxed or untaxed income, loss of assets, or unusual medical expenses;
- Dependency override to change your financial aid dependency status from dependent to independent.
Cost of Attendance Increases
- Computer Purchase: Federal regulations permit GMC to consider the cost to purchase a computer when calculating a student’s Cost of Attendance (COA). Allowable expenses include the purchase cost of a computer, printer and other necessary software and supplies if the expenses are incurred no earlier than 100 days prior to the beginning of the academic year. GMC includes in the COA $700 per award year for a computer. You may request a PJ for a computer purchase if the expense incurred was greater than $700. Due to federal student aid program limits, such as annual Direct Loan limits, the inclusion of computer expenses in the COA may not result in additional funds for you.
- Dependent Care Expenses: Federal regulations permit GMC to include an allowance based on expenses incurred for dependent care. The period of time for which the dependent care expenses are incurred must be directly related to the time needed for the student to pursue his/her education. The dependent must have been included in the student’s number in household on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Changes in Financial Circumstances
- Parent Professional Judgment Request to Recalculate the Expected Family Contribution for Dependent Students: If the parents’ current expected income is substantially less than it was during the tax year used on the FAFSA due to special circumstances, we may be able to use the parents’ current estimated income to reevaluate eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Please contact our office for additional information.
- Student Professional Judgment Request to Recalculate the Expected Family Contribution for Independent Students: If the students/spouses expected income is substantially less than it was during the tax year used on the FAFSA due to special circumstances, we may be able to use the students/spouses current estimated income to reevaluate eligibility for Federal Student Aid. Please contact our office for additional information.
Dependency Status Appeals
- Petition to be declared an Independent Student for Federal Aid Purposes: The law governing Federal Student Aid (Title IV) categorizes students as “dependent” or “independent” based on the premise the student and parents have the primary responsibility for meeting the student’s educational costs. This premise applies even when the parents are not actually supporting the student. If you can document the unusual or unique circumstances governing why you feel you should be declared independent for Title IV Federal Aid purposes, you may petition for a dependency override by completing this form and providing documentation. Parents refusal to contribute financially or unwillingness to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the student not being claimed on the parent(s)’ Federal Tax Return, or the student showing total self-sufficiency are not reasons to declare a student Independent for Federal Student Financial Aid.