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.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 credits or more. 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 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.

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 credit hours to be eligible for this grant.

Learn more at SCHEV.edu

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

This state financial aid program is for students who are

  • domiciled Virginia residents
  • first-time freshmen in college
  • a graduate of any Virginia high school with a minimum 2.5 grade point average
  • enrolled full time in an eligible academic program
  • demonstrate financial need as determined from the FAFSA.
     

Students must submit a final high school transcript for consideration. If a student is home-schooled, SAT or ACT scores are also required.

Eligibility is determined by TCC and awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Awards may be renewed for a second academic year if the student has maintained continuous, full-time enrollment.

Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for their VGAP award each semester and must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours each academic year. Students must contact the financial aid office and provide an official high school transcript to apply.

Learn more at SCHEV.edu