The primary responsibility for an education rests with students and their families. However, if financial resources are not sufficient to cover expenses, students may be eligible for financial aid. Aid programs include grants, work study, loans and scholarships.
Applying for financial aid takes time. Information is available online at www.tacomacc.edu/costsandaid/ or you may contact Financial Aid Services in Bldg. 14. It is advisable to begin the application process in January or February for the upcoming academic year. The deadline for priority funding is typically mid- to late-March for the upcoming fall quarter. Specific quarterly deadlines are available from Financial Aid and online at www.tacomacc.edu/applyforaid. Basic eligibility requirements for financial aid are as follows. A student must:
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Be in a financial aid-eligible degree program or an eligible certificate program.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
- Be making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the TCC satisfactory academic progress requirements.
- Be registered with selective service (if required).
- Provide a valid Social Security number, and not owe any repayments or be in default on any federal student loans.
Students advised into Adult Basic Education (ABE) will not be eligible to receive financial aid until they have successfully completed their ABE coursework and are advised into an eligible college certificate or degree program.
Students are expected to successfully complete the credits for which they enroll with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. In doing so, students remain in good standing and can continue to receive financial aid. Students planning to drop credits after financial aid has been disbursed should discuss changes with the Financial Aid office first. Failure to successfully complete their enrolled credits may cause financial aid to be cancelled and may require repayment of a portion of the aid received and all or a portion of the related tuition. A complete policy regarding these standards is available in Financial Aid upon request and is mailed to all aid recipients.
All potential financial aid applicants should note that previous academic performance will be reviewed prior to granting funds. All coursework from TCC is taken into consideration, even if aid was not received.