Grants

Grants are a great way to pay for college tuition because they are considered gift aid and do not have to be repaid. Students may apply for both federal and state grants by first completing the FAFSA.

Federal grants

Pell Grants

Students who have not received a bachelor’s degree may be eligible for this federal grant program. The amount of the award will depend on your expected family contribution (EFC) resulting from the FAFSA and enrollment status. TCC will communicate your Pell Grant eligibility to you.

Year Round Pell Grant

A federal program that allows students to receive a third Pell Grant during the summer term. To receive a third summer term Pell Grant students must be enrolled at least half-time (six or more financial aid eligible credit hours). Students who did not enroll full-time fall and/or spring may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant for summer if enrolled less than half-time.

Learn more at studentaid.ed.gov

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

FSEOG is awarded by TCC to students with high financial need. The amount of the FSEOG award will depend on the level of financial need and enrollment status. TCC has limited FSEOG funds and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Funds may be used for any education-related expense including tuition, books, supplies, transportation and child care.

Learn more at studentaid.ed.gov

State grants

The Commonwealth of Virginia offers several grant options for domiciled Virginia residents. Helpful fact sheets are available at the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) website.

What does domicile mean?

Commonwealth Award (COMA)

Virginia’s financial aid program is for students who are domiciled Virginia residents with financial need. Eligibility for this grant is determined by TCC and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards cannot exceed the cost of tuition and fees, and recipients must be enrolled in six or more financial aid eligible credits. You don't apply separately for this award. Awards are determined and awarded by TCC's Office of Financial Aid based on your Student Aid Report (SAR). 

Learn more about COMA at SCHEV.edu

VCCS Grant

This financial aid program from the Virginia Community College System is for students who are domiciled Virginia residents with financial need. Eligibility for this grant is determined by TCC and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the VCCS Grant

Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP)

This state financial aid program is for students who are domiciled Virginia residents with financial need. Eligibility for this grant is determined by TCC and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must be enrolled in eight or fewer financial aid eligible credit hours to be eligible for this grant.

Learn more about PTAP at SCHEV.edu

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

VGAP is a state financial aid program is for students who are:

  • Admitted to TCC
  • Enrolled full-time in an approved degree or certificate program
  • Domiciled Virginia residents
  • Graduates of a Virginia high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or
  • Completed a program of home school instruction with SAT scores of at least 980 or ACT Composite score of at least 19


You must submit a final high school transcript for consideration. If you completed a program of home school instruction, you are required to also submit your  SAT or ACT scores.

Eligibility will be determined by TCC and awards will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Renewal

You may receive a VGAP award for a second year if you meet the renewal criteria: 

  • Maintain full-time enrollment in an eligible program
  • Maintain domiciliary residency in Virginia
  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Have advance class levels upon completion of first full year (12 months) of enrollment (30 credit hours)
  • Continue to demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA

    Contact a campus financial aid office if you have any questions concerning eligibility for a VGAP award.
     

Learn more about VGAP at SCHEV.edu