Applying for Federal Student Aid

Complete your FAFSA by the suggested deadlines

To help you reach your educational and career goals, TCC’s financial aid team will work closely with you to develop the plan that is best for you.

You begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA. So, let's get started.

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What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid collects information about your financial circumstances to determine eligibility for federal aid programs. When you complete the FAFSA, you’ll be considered for federal grants, work-study jobs and loans.

When should you submit your FAFSA?

You can submit your FAFSA beginning October 1 using prior-prior year data. In other words, if you are applying for financial aid for fall 2019, you use your 2017 tax information.

April 1 of each year is TCC's priority deadline for filing your FAFSA.

TCC continually processes financial aid from April 1 through the end of the financial aid year.  If you miss the April 1 deadline you may still apply for aid. June 30 is the deadline each year to file the FAFSA for that aid year.

After the FAFSA comes the SAR

Once you complete the FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). This document is a summary of the information you provided on your FAFSA. The SAR will provide you with information about any issues related to your FAFSA and list the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that determines your eligibility for different aid sources.

 When will you receive your SAR?

If you filed your FAFSA online and provided an email address, you will receive your SAR within five business days at your email address. By mail, it may take up to two weeks to receive the report. Once you receive your SAR, Tidewater Community College will contact you if additional information is needed.

Once your financial file is completed, you will receive a Financial Aid Award Notice at your TCC student email address.

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The Virginia Education Wizard has a tutorial to help you complete your FAFSA

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Financial Aid Offices

Financial aid help is available 24/7/365 by phone and online

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 855-308-5614


Andrews Building, Room 1120
300 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 855-308-5614


Building A, Room A152
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 855-308-5614

Virginia Beach

Building B (Bayside), Room B205
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 855-308-5614

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