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Welcome Week- Fall 2017

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Transcript of Welcome Week- Fall 2017

Welcome to
Gordon State College!

Check Gordon Email Daily!
Academic Labs:
-Instructional Complex
-Hightower Library
-Academic Building
-Student Success Center

Gordon Wireless
Information Technology Department
Gordon State Email
Banner Web
ID Card
Our website is an excellent place
to find information:
Most common tabs
"My Gordon"
Specific departmental
Search Function
"My Gordon" tab:
A Key Access Area!
Major Linked Areas:
-Banner Web
-Gordon Email
-Network Password Reset Link
-Brightspace by Desire2Learn
-Highlander Registration Info.
Front: GCID Number ("929")
Back: Gordon Network
Username (as180263)
*You will need both to
access different services
Registering for Classes
Viewing Financial Aid
Viewing Academic Transcripts/DegreeWorks
Applying for Graduation
Changing Majors
User ID: "929" Number
Pin: 6 Digits
Username: jg076200


At least 8
Combination of these 3 categories:
-Uppercase Letters
-Lowercase Letters
Will be prompted to change
every 122 days
Remember to Delete Your
Deleted Emails!
There are directions on the
webpage to sync your
Gordon email to your

1st Floor Computer Lab
Resident Labs
-Gordon Commons
-Gordon Village
-Melton Hall
Where are the Computer Labs Located on Campus?
You will use the same
username and password
used with your Gordon email account.
Make sure to Log Off
when you leave!
How do I log on to a computer on campus?
To access Gordon Wireless:
-Choose the
"Gordon Wireless"
-Use your
Gordon email username
and password to connect using "internet access".
If using an Apple product, you can register the device to connect automatically.
H: Drive
student has an H: drive!
Save & Access Your Files from any computer on campus
H: drive is backed-up on server
Avoid saving to "My Documents" or Desktop
GSC Emergency Notification System
"My Gordon" tab
Keep Phone Numbers/Email updated!
Will send text/email/call for emergencies, school closing, weather.
The Student Advantage:
Download Microsoft Office 365
Must register with Gordon email
Must be currently enrolled
Up to 5 devices- include mobile!
Student Success Center
Student Center, 2nd Floor
What do we offer?
Are you the first person in your family to attend college?
Always Alert
Gordon State College
Office of the Registrar
Janet Barras, Registrar
Jennifer Oglesby, Transfer Evaluator
Karen Raines, Records Assistant
Kay Waddell, Records Assistant
Lambdin Hall, Rm. 126
academic records
of classes/grades
enrollment verifications
course registration

graduation applications
& verify degree completion
We are also responsible for:
permission to students to take classes at another college on a temporary basis.
students who have been absent from Gordon for more than 1 semester (not summer)
Assist students using
veteran benefits
to pay for expenses
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act
Federal Law
privacy of
Create 4 digit code in Banner Web
Share code with anyone who needs access to your info
Advise code holder that GSC will ask for code before discussing records
Code is valid until changed or revoked in writing in the Registrar's Office
FERPA Identifier Code:
Register for classes
View Financial Aid Status
View Student Account
Register Parking Permits
View Final Grades
Change Majors
Request Transcripts
Apply for Graduation
About Your Class Schedule:
You can make changes to your schedule until
4:00 pm on August 11.
Fall Registration closes at 4 pm on August 11. The schedule you have at this time is final.
After August 11, if you cannot complete a class,
withdraw from it in the Registrar's Office by Oct. 2 (midterm)
to avoid a grade penalty.
Withdrawls after midterm give you a final grade of
WF- withdrawn failing.
Check the website & catalog for more information on Student Petitions for hardship withdrawal.
Academic Advisors
New Students are advised by the
Student Success Center
(through the 1st month of the semester)
Academic Advisors are assigned around the
4th week of the semester
(based upon major)

Remember to:
Make any necessary schedule changes before August 11 at 4:00 pm
Pay for your classes (including financial aid) by
payment deadline
Attend class
Classes will be removed for your schedule if you don't attend by August 17.
If needed, withdraw from any courses
"My Gordon" Tab
"Approved Calendars"
"Class Schedules"
"Final Exam Schedule"
What do to before classes begin:
Review GSC website
Check your GSC email regularly
Familiarize yourself with Banner Web
Stop by Lambdin 126 if you need help!
Financial Aid
Bridging the gap between the cost and what you can afford to pay. *
*Financial Aid is not intended to cover expenses in full.
Over $150 billion is awarded each year!
Where Do I Start?
Complete the
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)!
Add Gordon's school
You have to apply EVERY Year!
I've been selected for verification.
What now?

Check Banner Web & Gordon Email!
Dependent/Independent Verification Worksheet
Tax Return Transcript from IRS
Proof of any untaxed income
Turn in requested documents
Used to improve accuracy of info. submitted to FAFSA.
FAO will need additional documentation
Types of Financial Aid
Federal Grants-
Free Money
State Grants/ Scholarships-
Free Money
Federal District Loans-
Borrowed Money
Free Money
Federal Work Study-
Earned Money
*Independent of Financial Aid application but counts toward cost of attendance and need.
1. Federal Grants
Federal Pell Grant:
Undergraduates who haven't earned a bachelor's degree
Need-based aid
Award determined by
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)- result from FAFSA
Max award: 5815
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):
Undergraduates who are Pell eligible
Awarded students with a
zero EFC
Very Limited Funds
2. State Grants & Scholarships
Georgia Hope Scholarship:
GA resident with 3.00 at graduation from high school
Covers a % of tuition only
Will not pay for learning support classes
3.0 GPA at each tier (30, 60, 90) and each Spring.
3. Federal Direct Loans
Federal Direct Loans:
Funds are borrowed from U.S. Department of Education
Must enroll at least
6 credit hours
Must accept Terms & Conditions in Banner Web
Loan fee deducted
Must be
Complete Master Promissory Note (MPN) & Entrance Counseling @
4. Subsidized Direct Loans
Need- Based
Interest paid by U.S. DOE while you are in school
Annual Loan Limits
Freshmen: $3,500
Sophomores: $4,500
Juniors & Seniors (Bachelor Degree Program): $5,500
*Must accept all subsidized loans before accepting the unsubsidized loan

Accept loans in Banner Web:
Accept terms & conditions
Accept the loan
Only accept what you need!
Parent Plus Loan
need based

Interest accrues,
you may pay
while you are in school.
Annual Loan Limits
$2,000 (all classifications)
Freshman/Sophomores add. $6,000
Juniors & Seniors add. $7,000
For parents of dependent students.
Has fixed interest.
Credit history is checked.

Parents begin repayment 60 days after 1st disbursement.
Students enrolled at least 6 credit hours
Parent must sign Master Promissory Note (MPN)
Parent must complete entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov
Parent applies for Parent Plus loan at www.studentloans.gov
This is a parent loan &
be applied for in the parent's name!
Plan & Borrow Responsibly!
Especially if attending Summer Semester!
Awards are split between 2 terms.
Pell eligible student who attend full-time Fall & Spring will NOT have Pell for Summer Semester.
Plan Accordingly & Save a Portion!
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Schools are required by U.S. Department of Ed. to establish minimum standards to measure students' progress, in both quality & quantity.
Minimum GPA
67% completion rate
Max Hours
Entire academic history
Dropping classes will affect completion rate.
Checked at the end of each semester a student is enrolled.
Gordon State Email
Banner Web

Check out the FAQ & "How to"
on the GSC Financial Aid webpage!

Lambdin Hall, 2nd Floor
Call Center: 678-359-5990
Ensures student confidentiality
Student Information cannot be shared with
others without permission
FERPA code can be created to authorize access
View your schedule
Check your grades
View your finances
Check your notifications
Explore the campus map
Stay up to date with news and events

My Gordon Mobile
Watch Your Gordon email for information about your academic advisor!
Welcome to Gordon!
We are here to help YOU succeed!
Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-12pm
Workshop Series
Keep an eye out for a list of workshops the Student Success Center will be providing this fall.
Time Management
Tips for Test Taking
Study Skills
Tips for Public Speaking
These workshops are free to students and designed to help you thrive academically!
Our Gordon First mentoring program may be for you!
Contact: emilym@gordonstate.edu
Academic Referral Program
Designed to help you be successful this semester
What is it?
If you receive an email from alwaysalert@gordonstate.edu make sure to reply so you can receive the support you need to be successful!
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