** The downtown Fort Scott Cosmetology location has moved! They are now on the main FSCC campus; their phone number is 620-223-2700 ext. 5220.

Receiving Your Financial Aid

  • After you have submitted your FAFSA, check on your financial aid status through your GIZMO account and FSCC email.
  • When your FAFSA has been completely processed by the Financial Aid Office, an Award Letter will be emailed to your FSCC email.
  • Read the Award Letter instructions, sign your Award Letter, and return back to us as soon as possible. It may be hand-delivered, mailed, faxed, or emailed.
  • If you have accepted loans, complete the necessary loan steps. If you do not complete your loan steps, you will not receive your loan money. See the Loan Instruction attachment to your Award Letter email, or view the form under our Forms tab.
  • Your Award Letter is based on full-time enrollment. Your financial aid will be adjusted after the 20th day of the semester (after the drop-period for classes) to the correct number of hours you are enrolled in. 12+ hours is full-time. 9-11 hours is three-quarter time. 6-8 hours is half-time. If you have dropped below or are enrolled in less then six hours, you will not receive any aid.
  • Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, all financial aid awards will be accepted through your GIZMO account.
  • After this, your financial aid will be transmitted to the Business Office. They will take out what is due for your current semester charges. Any refunds will be released to you on the designated disbursement dates. See your Award Letter instructions for those dates.
  • If you have not submitted all your required documentation to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline (July 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring), you may not receive funds on the first disbursement date.
  • If you have late-starting classes, you will not receive any aid for those classes until after they have been certified. This date is already set before the class starts and will not change even if your class ends earlier than expected. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for their aid eligibility dates.
  • If you have been awarded for only one semester (usually due to a Degree Appeal, SAP Appeal or transfer) then your loans will be split into two different disbursements within the semester. Please see your Award Letter instructions for those dates.
  • Any refunds will be disbursed to you on your FSCC Hound Card or on a designated checking account. No paper checks will be handed out or mailed by the Business Office. To get your Hound Card, stop by the Student Services Office. Activate your card by calling the 1-800 # on the back. To designate a checking account, log in to your GIZMO, click on “Student Information”, then “Designate Direct Deposit”, and fill out the required information.
  • Any questions about your charges and/or refund should be directed to the Business Office at 620-223-2700, ext. 5090.