The purpose of financial aid is to help remove the financial barriers that stand in the way of a student’s education. The Tri-County Community College (TCCC) Financial Aid staff is committed to the philosophy that a high-quality education should be affordable and accessible to everyone in our community.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid unless the student totally withdraws from all classes in a semester or enrollment period. Pell Grants are classified as Title IV federal aid and awarded only to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need by completing a FAFSA. Students are limited to receiving a Pell Grant for the equivalent of twelve full-time enrolled semesters. This applies to ALL Federal Pell Grant eligible students and includes ALL years of receiving Pell Grant funds. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree do not qualify for a Pell Grant. Pell Grants may be used to pay a student’s direct educational costs, such as tuition, fees, and books, as well as indirect educational costs, such as transportation expenses. Students should apply well in advance of the semester they plan to attend. The federal processor must receive a student’s FAFSA by June 30 to be considered for the current academic year. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
Pell recipients who attend full-time (12+ credit hours) in the fall and subsequent spring semester may be eligible to receive Additional Pell Grant funds for the summer semester. To qualify for Additional Pell, students must have remaining Lifetime Pell Eligibility and unmet need, maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress, and enroll at least half-time (6+ credit hours) in courses that are required for students program of study. Students must maintain an enrollment status of at least 6 credit hours through the Financial Aid Census date in order to qualify for Additional Pell. If students drop, withdraw, or never attend one or more classes, resulting in enrollment status of less than 6 credit hours, students will not receive the additional award for the remaining class(es). This will result in students owing any outstanding tuition, fees and bookstore charges and/or being purged from remaining classes for nonpayment.
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TCCC no longer participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program, which includes Federal Stafford Loans offered to students, and Federal PLUS Loans offered to students’ parents. Loans previously provided by TCCC must be REPAID with interest. For more information regarding your past loans, please visit www.studentloans.gov.
The FSEOG is designed to supplement existing financial aid for undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional financial need. It is classified as Title IV federal aid. This grant is awarded to eligible applicants for the fall and spring semesters. While no deadline exists, students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as they file their taxes because the application date is one criterion for the award. FSEOG funds are limited and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
This program is designed to assist students who need extra income to continue their education at TCCC and provide valuable work experience. To be eligible for this program, a student must first complete a FAFSA. Work-Study position announcements will be posted on the Financial Aid page at www.tricountycc.edu at the beginning of each academic year, or whenever there are position openings throughout the year. Deadlines for applying are posted on each advertisement. Students are required to reapply annually. Students may be eligible for the Work-Study program even if they are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Students can only earn FWS funds in combination with other resources up to the amount of the student’s financial need.
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Do you have a financial emergency that may prevent you from completing your program of study? If so, TCCC may have resources to help you.
In July 2018, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant program. This program helps eliminate the burden of unforeseen financial emergencies which may interfere with students’ studies. The Finish Line Grant program is administered through collaboration between TCCC and the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). This program may provide up to $1000 per semester to eligible curriculum and occupational education students.
The Finish Line Grants are available to TCCC students who:
Students are encouraged to visit or call TCCC’s Financial Aid Office to verify their eligibility for the Finish Line Grant. Eligible students will then register at www.ncworks.gov, prior to requesting an appointment with a WIOA case manager at the NC Works Career Center.
Please note, through the Finish Line Grant, funds will be disbursed directly to the agency/vendor (not to the student) within 72 hours of student’s submission of acceptable documentation to the WIOA case manager.
The NCCCG is a need-based grant established by the North Carolina Legislature to provide funds to help meet the educational costs of NC residents attending community colleges. The availability of this funding depends on allocation from the North Carolina State Legislature and eligibility is determined by a student’s FAFSA. Students must be enrolled for at least six credit hours as an undergraduate at an eligible NC institution to be eligible.
North Carolina residents who enroll for at least six credit hours as an undergraduate at an eligible NC institution may be eligible for this scholarship. The award is based on the same criteria as the Federal Pell Grant. Current awards range from $100 to $3,768 per academic year.
This grant was established by the NC General Assembly to assist student-parents with their financial responsibilities for childcare expenses so they may complete their educational goals. Students must apply separately for this grant at the TCCC Financial Aid office, and they must also demonstrate financial need through their current processed FAFSA.
This program is designed to assist students in specific programs of study in which enrollment is substantially less than class capacity but for which there is a high demand for employees in the service area labor force. Once these programs have been determined, all students enrolled in the identified program(s) will be notified via their TCCC student email if eligible for this available funding. The Targeted Assistance is generally awarded at the 60% point of the semester.
Grants, Need-based Scholarships, Merit Scholarships, and Loans – For more information please visit www.cfnc.org.
For more information, please visit www.cfnc.org/fels
Other sources of financial assistance are available through the following organizations to those who qualify. Interested students should contact these organizations directly to apply.
Special Note: The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. As a result, beginning on August 1, 2019, Tri-County Community College will allow GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This 90-day time frame will allow a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution.
Additionally, GI Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) will not be penalized, or charged extra fees, in the event the VA makes late payments for tuition and fees. However, veterans, who benefit from Chapter 33 or Chapter 31, must be aware that Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.
If you have questions or need assistance in applying for VA education benefits, please contact TCCC’s VA School Certifying Official at 828-837-6810 or visit the Financial Aid Office in the Harper Building on the main campus.
Estimate your net cost to attend Tri-County Community College! Using the net price calculator, you may receive an estimate of your eligibility for financial aid at Tri-County Community College and estimate your out-of-pocket expenses. We hope that the results of the net price calculator are useful to you in your planning process.
You first must meet financial aid eligibility requirements. You should apply for financial aid at the same time you apply for admission to TCCC. For faster results, you should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov and add TCCC’s school code (009430). This process usually takes 1 to 2 weeks to get results. The other way to apply is to complete a FAFSA form and mail it to the address on the front of the FAFSA. This can take 2 to 3 weeks to get the results back. You must re-apply annually. Apply for financial aid as early as October 1 for the following year’s fall semester. Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to obtain your/parent(s) (if applicable) tax information. You should re-apply no later than the summer semester for the upcoming academic year.
No. If you completed a FAFSA for the current award year and another school processed it, the results can be requested from the Department of Education, provided you have your current Student Aid Report (SAR). You will need to call 1-800-433-3243 or go to https://fafsa.gov and add TCCC’s school code.
TCCC’s title IV school code is 009430. This number must be included on the FAFSA if mailing.
You should submit/mail the requested documentation to TCCC’s financial aid office as soon as possible to prevent delay in processing your financial aid eligibility. Please review your documents for completion including needed signature(s).
No, you may only receive financial aid at one college at a time. However, if you are attending two institutions simultaneously, you may qualify for a consortium agreement. Contact the financial aid office for details.
The financial aid office will be able to make an award once the following criteria have been met:
The amount of Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the Department of Education. The information you provide on your FAFSA is placed into a formula which determines your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number. The EFC number represents the amount determined by the Department of Education that you are reasonably expected to pay towards your education for one academic year. Students are limited to receiving a Pell Grant for the equivalent of twelve full-time enrolled semesters. This applies to ALL Federal Pell Grant eligible students and includes ALL years of receiving Pell Grant funds. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree do not qualify for a Pell Grant.
Contact the financial aid office, if you feel that you are independent, but do not meet at least one of the criteria above.
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