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FINANCIAL AId APPLICATION STATUS

How to check the status of your application

In order to receive Financial Aid at TCC you must:

Status Checklist

 

 

Contact us.

  Processing Timeline

If you file your FAFSA online and provide an email address on your application, you will receive the results of your FAFSA from the U.S. Department of Education at that email address in approximately five business days.  This is called a Student Aid Report (SAR) and is a summary of the information that you reported on the FAFSA.

Upon receipt of your SAR, please verify that all information is correct and review to determine if there are any issues related to your eligibility that you must resolve.  If you need to make corrections, please do so at the web site www.fafsa.ed.gov.

If you complete a paper application and mail it to the federal processor, you will receive the results of your FAFSA from the U.S. Department of Education at your mailing address in approximately four weeks.

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    Check on your FAFSA

To check on the status of your FAFSA, visit the web site at www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-833-3243.

 
    Verification Requirements

When applying for financial aid, students may be selected for review in a process called Verification.  The U.S. Department of Education requires that Tidewater Community College compare the information reported by students and parent(s) (if a dependent student) on the FAFSA to certain financial documents.  Students will be notified at their TCC email address if they are selected for Verification once the College receives their FAFSA results.

For the 2014-15 award year, students (and parents if a dependent student) may be required to provide or complete one or more of the following requirements:

 
  • Other documents such as W-2's may also be required.

Students will be notified which document(s) or action(s) they must complete to satisfy verification requirements.  Students might not be asked to complete all items, but maybe only selected items.  Students must submit any requested Verification items before financial aid can be awarded. 

 

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    Avoiding Verification

Students who use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and transfer income information to the FAFSA without modification may not be subject to Verification. All students are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing the FAFSA.

Students who have already filed the FAFSA but did not use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool may still do so by going to www.fafsa.gov and selecting the option to correct their FAFSA.  Students may then use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to transfer their (and their parent(s) if a dependent student) income information to the FAFSA.

Students must NOT modify the data after it is transferred or they WILL be selected for Verification. 

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    Verification Resources
 
    Award Notification

Financial Aid Award Notices

Once anticipated financial aid is awarded and posted to the Student Information System (SIS), students will receive their Financial Aid Award Notices at their TCC email.  Students should check their email daily for important financial aid updates.

 

View Your Awards in SIS

 

Email Notification

Financial aid information and notices will be sent to your student email address.  Please review your TCC assigned email account daily for important financial aid information and notices.

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    Disbursement of Awards

Paying Tuition and Fees

Once you receive your Financial Aid Award Notice, please review it to determine if the aid awarded will be sufficient to pay your tuition and fees.  Please note that financial aid awards are based on projected full-time enrollment and will be adjusted if you enroll less than full-time.  Please see a financial aid advisor for assistance with determining your award(s) for less than full-time attendance.

If your aid is sufficient to cover your tuition and fees, you need to take no further action.  Your aid will be applied to these charges by the College.  Please note that some types of aid require additional action to apply, such as students loans. Be sure to read all documents included with your Financial Aid Award Notice carefully.

If your aid is not sufficient to cover your tuition and fees, please be prepared to pay the remaining balance by the published tuition payment deadline.  Failure to pay tuition and fees by this date will result in you being dropped from the class(es) that are not covered.

Students who are enrolled in courses that are less than sixteen weeks in length, such as dynamic and second eight-week courses, may have financial aid disbursements delayed until they begin attendance in those courses.

The delayed disbursement process prevents Pell Grants and Direct Loans from disbursing prior to students beginning enrollment and is required by the U.S. Department of Education.  Funds cannot be released until students begin classes as described below:

  • Students receiving Pell Grants are required to be attending at least one class before their aid is disbursed.
 
  • The Direct Loan Program requires students to begin enrollment in at least six credit hours before funds can be disbursed. 

Although disbursement of funds for later starting courses may be delayed, awards will remain on accounts and hold students in their courses until the actual disbursement process is completed.

 

Using Remaining Aid Balances at the Bookstore - Here's how.

 

Receiving Remaining Aid Balances

Students with remaining aid balances after tuition and fees are paid in full and after bookstore charges have been paid will receive the remaining balance to be used for other education-related expenses.  Prior to disbursing these remaining balances, the College must ensure that students have begun classes and have not been reported for non-attendance.  We then adjust aid for students who are less than full-time, and disburse the aid to pay charges.  Once charges are paid, any remaining credit balance is then prepared for disbursement to the student.

Students who are enrolled in courses that are less than sixteen weeks in length, such as dynamic and second eight-week courses, may have financial aid disbursements delayed until they begin attendance in those courses.

The delayed disbursement process prevents Pell Grants and Direct Loans from disbursing prior to students beginning enrollment and is required by the U.S. Department of Education.  Funds cannot be released until students begin classes as described below:

  • Students receiving Pell Grants are required to be attending at least one class before their aid is disbursed.
 
  • The Direct Loan Program requires students to begin enrollment in at least six credit hours before funds can be disbursed. 

Although disbursement of funds for later starting courses may be delayed, awards will remain on accounts and hold students in their courses until the actual disbursement process is completed.

Each semester, disbursement dates will be published on the Financial Aid Disbursement Line at 1-757-822-1355.  Students may call to hear a recording about the first scheduled disbursement dates for student loans and scholarships as well as federal and state grants.  After the initial disbursement dates, the College will process new disbursements approximately every two weeks throughout the semester as awards are made.  Please see a financial aid advisor if you have questions regarding your disbursement.

Tidewater Community College has contracted with Tuition Management Services (TMS) to process electronic financial aid disbursements and tuition refunds to students.  For more information on selecting your preferred method to receive your refund, visit the Refund2Card page.

  

 

If you need assistance, please visit any of the four campus financial aid offices or contact the TCC Information Center at 822-1122.

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