Financial Aid

You deserve an affordable, quality education

Earning your college degree is a challenge; paying for it shouldn’t be.

If the rising cost of college has kept you from pursuing your education, remember that most TCC students receive some financial assistance to make college affordable. This assistance can include scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs to help you complete your college education. 

Consider all financial aid carefully as student debt may affect your future financial stability. And remember: The early bird gets the aid. Complete all forms accurately and on time.​ TCC's priority deadline is April 15.

Get Started APPLY for AID

Complete the FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed when you're thinking about college, and you will fill it out each year that you're in school. The information you provide determines your eligibility for all types of financial aid. You can submit your FAFSA as early as October 1 each year for the following fall. Learn more about the FAFSA.
Apply for Financial Aid

Next steps

Choose your program of study

Meet with an advisor to define your academic and career goals, and then select a program that aligns with those goals.

Apply for scholarships

TCC and the TCC Educational Foundation provide scholarships to support students' academic study and achievement

Register for classes and pay tuition

You can receive financial aid only for courses that apply to your declared program. Stay on track with smart course selection and by paying any remaining tuition by the deadline.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Got questions? Check out Financial Aid TV, which offers short, informative videos to answer almost any financial aid question, from loans to the GI Bill to money basics. There are even videos for parents and information on money basics, credit scoring and identity theft.

Go to Financial Aid TV

How do I apply for financial aid?

We're here for you

call center with smiling employees

24/7/365 help

Get immediate help with your financial aid and student account questions any time by calling 855-308-5614 or visiting the Financial Aid and Student Accounts Support Center online. Have your financial aid and student accounts questions answered over the phone or via chat! 

man smiling, wearing phone headset

Keeping you on track

Financial aid advisors on each campus are available during business hours to assist you with your questions, filling out forms and keeping you moving toward your career and educational goals. Hours and locations are below.

Statement of non-discrimination

Financial assistance is provided for all qualified students through a variety of sources including grants, scholarships, student loans, and the work study program. Tidewater Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability in its programs or activities.

Financial Aid Eligibility

In order to qualify for financial aid, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or national or an eligible non-citizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • be enrolled in an eligible curriculum for financial aid purposes.
  • have a high school diploma or general education development (GED) certificate, or have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at Tidewater Community College
  • have not defaulted on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal aid program


Learn more about eligibility


Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be selected for review in a process called “verification," which is required by the U.S. Department of Education.

See the financial aid glossary

TCC will compare the information reported by you (and your parents if a dependent student) on the FAFSA to your actual financial documents. Any inconsistencies on your FAFSA that are discovered during verification will be corrected electronically by TCC with the Department of Education.

If your application becomes subject to verification, take action quickly so as not to delay the awarding of your financial aid.

How to check the status of your application

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

In order to remain eligible for financial aid, federal regulations require that students make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standards set by the college and the federal government.

The Financial Aid Office evaluates satisfactory academic progress before aid is awarded and after grades are posted for every term, starting with the first term of enrollment.

Learn more about SAP

Return of Title IV Funds

If you stopped attending TCC prior to completing 60% of a payment period or term, the financial aid office recalculates your eligibility for Title IV funds.

Learn more about Title IV funds

Why it's a good idea to provide your Social Security number

Providing your Social Security number on some forms is not required but highly recommended. By not providing your SSN, access to some services will be limited, tax reporting information will not be available, and financial aid may be delayed.

Your information will never be disclosed to a third party without your permission.

Looking for help?

Send us your questions
* All fields are mandatory

Financial Aid Offices

Financial aid help is available 24/7/365 by phone and online

Regular office hours are:
Monday and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Pass Building, Room 175
1428 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, VA 23322

Phone: 855-308-5614


Andrews Building, Room 1120
300 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Phone: 855-308-5614


Building A, Room A130
120 Campus Drive
Portsmouth, VA 23701

Phone: 855-308-5614


Building B (Bayside), Room B205
1700 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Phone: 855-308-5614