Want to know the secret to getting the most aid as possible? Apply, apply, apply. Then apply some more. Filling out applications from the FAFSA to TCC Foundation Scholarships and more increases your chances for receiving financial aid. Follow the TCC Scholarship Checklist to increase your chances of finding and receiving scholarship aid.
TCC Scholarship Checklist
Step 1: Apply for Admission to TCC
Before you can begin to apply for any scholarships, you must first be admitted to TCC. Wait 1-3 business days for your admission application to be processed.
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA
You can complete a FAFSA as early as October 1st prior to the start of the school year. Many of TCC's scholarships require you to complete a FAFSA. Be sure to check your TCC email and Financial Aid and Scholarships Dashboard for messages from the Financial Aid office.
Step 3: Complete the Tulsa Achieves Agreement form (for Tulsa county residents and incoming freshman only)
Tulsa Achieves is available to Tulsa county residents. Applicants must apply their senior year of high school. Learn the rules of the Tulsa Achieves program. You can begin to apply for Tulsa Achieves October of your senior year of high school.
Step 4: Complete the TCC Foundation Scholarship Application
You can complete the Scholarship Information Release annually to allow TCC to send your student profile to the TCC Foundation Scholarship Application. Once you sign the release, you will then be redirected to TCC Foundation Scholarship Application to complete your application for multiple scholarship opportunities. Be sure to complete a FAFSA to increase your scholarship eligibility.
Step 5: Check for Oklahoma State Scholarships
Visit OK College Start to search for opportunities offered by the State of Oklahoma.
Step 6: Search for Other Scholarship Opportunities
The following are reputable search engines to help you find more scholarship opportunities. These sites are not affiliated with TCC. Proceed to Step 7 for best practices when applying for scholarships.
Step 7: Read TCC's Scholarship Guide
Approach Scholarships Like a Job Interview
Present yourself as the right candidate for the scholarship on your applications. Highlight your good qualities and emphasize how well you meet the qualifications of the scholarship. Always read application directions carefully and double check your application for mistakes before submitting it.
Apply! Apply! Apply!
The more you apply the better your chances of success. Carve out time in your schedule to search and apply for scholarships weekly. Don’t disregard a scholarship because you may not meet all the qualifications. Don’t dismiss a scholarship just because it’s for a small amount; after all, every dollar counts. You won’t get every scholarship you apply for, but the more you apply the more you increase your chances of receiving a scholarship.
Write an Essay in Advance
Since many scholarship applications require a personal essay, write and save a personal essay to use in advance. Best strategy: Draft 3-5 sentences for each of the following topics: your personal history; your academic and career; your financial need. You can expand or edit your saved essay to suit a specific scholarship. Be sure to have a friend, parent, or teacher proofread your essay for mistakes.
Look for Opportunities in All Kinds Of Places
Don’t just rely on TCC’s institutional scholarships. Look for scholarships through search engines such as Petersons.com or Fastweb.com. You can search by your major, your future career, and your special talents and hobbies. Many local organizations and churches sponsor scholarships. Additionally, private business will offer scholarships to employees or spouses and dependents of employees. Always educate yourself on the organization who is offering the scholarship so you can eliminate scams or disreputable organizations.
Protect Your Data
Remember to practice good security habits when sharing your personal data. Is the application method secure? Who will view your data? Are they asking for a lot of sensitive data like social security number or your cell phone number? What will they do with your data? Answer these questions before sharing your data.
Never Pay to Apply for Scholarships or the FAFSA
Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who want to take advantage of students and their families by pretending to offer legitimate aid opportunities. Always educate yourself on what kind of organization is offering the scholarship. And never, ever pay someone to apply for a scholarship or complete your FAFSA. The FAFSA is free, and reputable scholarships will never ask for your money.
Call (918) 595-2000 for questions about Tulsa Achieves or TCC scholarships.