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A Gift, Not a Loan

Scholarships are gifts and do not need to be paid back.

Currently have student loans? You can still apply for scholarships and reduce you loan amount. TCC students may receive scholarships up to the total cost of attendance for the academic year you are enrolled.

Some scholarships ask you meet criteria such as academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, financial need, particular fields of study or involvement in the community.

Other scholarships, such as some TCC Foundation scholarships, have minimal criteria and awards range from $500 to $5,500.

Additional Information

The scholarship application process is separate from the application for federal and state financial aid.

Unsure about potential use of scholarship funds? Please check with your scholarship donor. In most cases, scholarships are to be used for tuition and fees, books, supplies, and/or equipment (in that order), in rare instances the scholarship can be given to the student in the form of a refund for living expenses.

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic scholarships are available to students who demonstrate athletic talent. For more information, contact Jason Prenovost, Athletics Director, at 253.460.4462.

Tuition Waiver for High School Seniors The tuition waiver pays for tuition at TCC for one academic year. Students must be high school seniors graduating from Tacoma Public Schools, Peninsula School District or University Place School District. For additional information and to submit an application, please visit tacomacc.academicworks.com.

Discretionary Tuition and Fee Waivers
TCC offers some tuition and fee waivers for individuals registered for credit classes at TCC. All waivers have been approved for Washington state. To determine your eligibility for waivers, please contact the Admissions office or Financial Aid Services at 253.566.5080.

Supplemental Assistance
Visit the Financial Aid office in building 14 for an Emergency Fund Assistance application or the Children's Center in building 2 for a Child Care Assistance application. Complete the application and return it to the designated office, as indicated on the application.

Veterans Services
Tacoma Community College is approved for the education of active duty military, National Guard and selected reserve veterans and their eligible dependents. Veterans Affairs educational benefits are available. For further information, visit the Veterans Services webpage, contact the Veterans Services Coordinator located in Bldg. 14, or call 253.566.5364.

Tacoma Community College Emergency Book Loan
The Emergency Book Loan program provides students with short-term loans for textbook purchases. These 30-day loans are given on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as funds are available. Students must apply through the MECA (Multi-Ethnic/Cultural Affairs) program coordinator. Loans are set at a maximum of $100 per quarter. To apply, students must complete a loan application through the MECA office and sign a promissary note to repay the loan within 30 days. For more information, call 253.566.5335.

Third-Party Scholarships
Scholarships from outside sources are another resource that can help you pay for your education. Scholarship criteria can be based on academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, financial need, particular fields of study or involvement in the community. Most third-party scholarships are not associated with TCC or TCC Foundation scholarships.

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