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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.