Apply for Financial Aid
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on applying for Financial Aid at TCC. Your journey begins by taking the first step and applying for admission to TCC. This guide will walk you through the process, ensuring you have the support and resources needed to secure financial aid for your education.
If you have questions or need assistance, our financial aid advisors can help you through the process.
Step 1: Apply for Admission
To receive federal student aid, you must be admitted to TCC as a degree-seeking student and provide all necessary transcripts. Admissions application for the following academic school year becomes available after September.
Federal regulations require all students applying for financial aid to provide TCC with their final high school transcript or documentation certifying their GED or home school credentials.
You must submit all official final academic transcripts from each college or university attended. If you are currently attending another college or university, have the official academic transcript sent at the end of the term once all grades for classes are listed.
Get Started at TCC
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Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid
All roads to Financial Aid begin with completing the FAFSA. Enter TCC’s federal school code (009763) as a school that will receive the results of your FAFSA. Allow at least two weeks for your application to be sent to TCC. You may complete the FAFSA any time after October 1. Funding for some grant programs is limited. For your best opportunity to receive grant aid, complete the FAFSA no later than February 1.
How to Complete the FAFSA
Get Started with FAFSA
Complete your FAFSA to kickstart your financial aid journey, and then dive into the wealth of support we offer to help you succeed.
TCC Federal School Code: 009763
Step 3: Choose Your Degree & Major
To receive financial aid, you must seek an Associate program in Associate of Arts (A.A.), an Associate of Science (A.S.), an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, or one of the Certificate programs approved for financial aid.
If you are undecided about which degree program is right for you, you can get help from an Academic Advisor at any TCC campus.
Step 4: Review Your MyTCC Account
Inside the MyTCC portal, you will have access to your TCC email account and the MyTCC Financial Aid Dashboard where you will find important information about your financial aid.
- Visit your MyTCC Financial Aid Dashboard after mid-February to check for additional requirements or documentation requests.
- Check your email account and Financial Aid Dashboard regularly for missing documents, status changes, and other useful information. This is the primary way you will receive notices from the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.
Step 5: Research Scholarship Opportunities
Review TCC scholarship opportunities and complete the TCC Foundation Scholarship Application. Scholarship opportunities for the following academic school year become available in October.
Find out what scholarships are available to you.
Step 6: Review Your Financial Aid Offers
Financial aid offers, including student loan offers, go out in April. You can view, accept, and decline award offers on your MyTCC Financial Aid Dashboard.
Types of Aid
The first question you may ask yourself as you begin your journey toward a college degree is “how am I going to pay for my education?” There are many types of financial aid available to support you along the way.
- Scholarships and Grants: financial aid that you do not have to pay back
- Federal Work-Study: allows you to work and earn money for school expenses
- Loans: borrowed money that must be repaid-with interest
The types and amounts of aid awarded are determined by financial need, availability of funds, student classification, and academic performance.
Step 7: Select Your BankMobile Refund Preference
Any financial aid funds left after your tuition and fees are paid are sent to you as a refund.
Higher Education Act of 1965
The Higher Education Act of 1965 established the rules under which all federal aid is administered. As amended, the Higher Education Act requires that each recipient of funds under the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant, direct subsidized loans or direct unsubsidized loans, or PLUS programs maintain satisfactory progress in his/her course of study. The financial aid policy does not prevent a recipient from continuing to enroll as a student or receiving other types of financial aid.
According to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Education, students who start college for the first time after July 1, 2012, must have a high school diploma or an official equivalent to a high school diploma, such as a GED certificate, in order to receive financial aid at the institution that he/she is attending. You will need to submit official, final high school transcripts as proof of graduation from high school to any TCC Enrollment Services office. If you completed high school through a homeschool setting, you must submit official transcripts with your graduation date, as well as ACT scores (either national or residual scores.)
You must be enrolled in an eligible program of study at TCC to be considered eligible to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds. Someone is considered a regular student when they are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at TCC for the purpose of obtaining a degree or certificate offered by TCC.