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 this to-do list to increase your chances of finding and receiving scholarship aid. Read our Scholarship Guide to learn how to improve your scholarship application. You may also use this page to view TCC's policies on Oklahoma's Promise or Tuition Waivers.
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.
Apply annually for TCC Foundation Scholarships. Follow the link to sign into the MyTCC portal to complete the Scholarship Information Release to allow TCC to send your student profile to the Foundation Scholarship Application. The link will take you to the scholarship application once you sign the release. Complete a FAFSA to increase your scholarship eligibility.
Step 4: Complete the Tulsa Achieves Agreement form (for Tulsa county residents and incoming freshman only)
|TA is available to Tulsa county residents. Applicants must apply their senior year of high school. Learn the rules of the TA program. You can begin to apply for Tulsa Achieves October of your senior year of high school.|
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
|Search for private scholarships through search engines such as Peterson's Scholarship Search Engine or Fastweb, both of which allow you to build profiles to help match you with scholarship opportunities.|
Step 7: Read TCC's Scholarship Guide
|For tips on best practices on applying for scholarship or protecting your data, read our Scholarship Guide (pdf).|
|Call (918)595-2000 for questions about TCC Scholarships. Download a PDF of this checklist.|
TCC Oklahoma's Promise Policies
Oklahoma’s Promise is a program set up by the Oklahoma Legislature to help students pay for their college education if their parents’ income from taxed and untaxed sources is $55,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program. Students must apply during their eighth-, ninth- or 10th-grade year (homeschool students must be age 13, 14 or 15). Visit the Oklahoma State Regents site to learn more about Oklahoma’s Promise.
TCC students in Oklahoma’s Promise program should see their awards on the Financial Aid package (accessible on the Financial Aid Dashboard through MyTCC) within the first 60 days after the start of the semester. If a student is eligible for the Oklahoma’s Promise but does not see the award credited to their account they need to contact a TCC Financial Aid office for further information.
Students are REQUIRED to notify a TCC Financial Aid Office before the end of the semester about any unpaid Oklahoma’s Promise funds in order to receive their award for that semester. Funds will not be back-paid if a student does not notify TCC of any problems with their award before the semester cut-off. Oklahoma’s Promise students who graduated High School in 2012 or after are REQUIRED to have a current FAFSA on file for your award to pay.
Changes effective for 2018-2019
Oklahoma's Promise are subject to a second income limit and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The information from the FAFSA will be used to determine whether or not the federal adjusted gross income (AGI) of the student’s parents exceeds $100,000 at the time the student begins postsecondary education (the income limit will apply to the student’s income if the student is officially determined to be financially independent of his or her parents).
Beginning in 2018-2019, the second income limit will be applied EACH year to ALL OK Promise students enrolled in postsecondary education (college), not just entering freshmen. For any year that the income reported on the student’s current FAFSA exceeds $100,000, the student will not be eligible to receive the OK Promise benefit. Any year that the student does not receive the award because their income exceeds the income limit will count toward the five-year period of scholarship eligibility.
Remedial Coursework Not Covered
The OK Promise award will not be allowed for payment of noncredit remedial courses.
Maximum Limit on Total Hours Paid by OK Promise
OK Promise awards will not cover courses taken in excess of 129 credit hours.
TCC Tuition Waiver Policies
Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver Recommended FAFSA Deadline: March 1st.
What is an Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship?
The Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarship is a waiver of tuition for up to a set amount. It does not include any related costs such as fees, books, housing or travel. Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver Scholarships are restricted to direct tuition costs and not eligible for refund to the student.
Funds for the waiver are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of waivers available; therefore FAFSA applications will be considered in the order that completed applications are received (all requirements complete). Tuition waivers are valid for one academic year; a new FAFSA must be submitted each academic year for consideration.
Where is the application?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available October 1st.
- Residency: Applicant must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma. Residency is defined by the State Regents. There is a separate, paper application for non-residents that will waive the non-resident portion of tuition.
- GPA Requirements: Applicants must have either minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA for Scholastic waivers or 2.5 for Need-Based.
- FAFSA: In order to be considered for a need-based waiver, applicants will need to complete a current FAFSA. Students’ need will be evaluated on the results of the FAFSA. Without a current FAFSA on file with TCC the chances of receiving the Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver is unlikely.
- GED: Students who did not complete high school and have not yet attempted college credit can be evaluated for the waiver on the basis of GED scores. Students must have a minimum 60 score of Scholastic Tuition Waivers. A minimum GED score of 50 is required for need-based. In order to be considered for need-based, applicants will need to complete a current FAFSA. Students’ need will determined by the results of the FAFSA.
- ACT Scores: Students who have not attempted any college credit, have not finished high school, and do not have GED scores can be considered for the waiver on the basis of ACT scores. A 25 is needed for Scholastic Tuition Waivers. A minimum score of 20 is needed for Need-Based Tuition Waivers. In order to be considered for need-based, applicants will need to complete a current FAFSA. Students’ need will determined by the results of the FAFSA.
- Completion Rate: Applicants must have a minimum of 67 percent completion rate for all attempted college hours. Completion rate is determined by dividing earned credit hours by attempted credit hours.
- Max Hours: Applicants who have more than 95 attempted credit hours are not eligible for a Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver. Students who have earned a bachelors degree are not eligible for tuition waivers.
- Satisfactory Academic Progress: Applicants who are suspended from Financial Aid are not eligible for the Oklahoma Resident Waiver so long as the suspension is still active.
- Degree-Seeking: Applicant must have a declared major.
- Missing Transcripts: Applicants are required to submit all transcripts from all previously attempted institutions (except for Tulsa Community College) to Enrollment Services. Applicants can be denied if one or more transcript(s) has not been turned in to Enrollment Services.
- No Academic History: Applicants who fail to provide any of the following that are applicable at the time of evaluation can be denied: All transcripts from previously attended colleges, high school transcript, GED scores or ACT scores.
- Late: Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered last.
Financial Aid Award Notification
FAFSA Applicants will receive an award notification in the Financial Aid and Scholarships dashboard with any awards offered. Questions about your award package can be answered at any TCC Financial Aid and Scholarship office, at the TCC Call Center at (918)595-2000.
TCC 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.
Scholarship Search Engines
Below are a list of reputable search engines to help students to find scholarship opportunities. These sites are not affiliated with TCC. Read the TCC Scholarship Guide for best practices when applying for scholarships.