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Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for most financial aid awards you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate
  • Be a degree-seeking student at your college of choice
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or en eligible non-citizen/legal resident*
  • Have a valid Social Security Number*
  • Register with the Selective Service, if male student age 18-25
  • Meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements;
  • Certify that you are not in default on a student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant;
  • Not have been convicted of a drug offense while receiving financial aid
  • Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.

*You must be a US citizen or legal resident to submit a FAFSA. However, your parents do not need to be citizens or legal residents.

Attend a Ways2Pay4College event at TCC and learn how to find alternatives and/or additional money for college no matter your status or financial situation.

View a simple overview flow chart showing general eligibility for federal student aid. Visit if you have questions about any of these requirements.

Deadlines for Submitting the FAFSA Application

Many financial aid sources are limited in funding. Students who file early increase their chances to receive funds. 

  • February 1
    Priority FAFSA deadline for all students, including College Bound Scholarship students 
  • March 1
    Maximize your award eligibility by finalizing your FAFSA and submitting all additional financial aid documents. Submissions prior to this date are highly recommended!

Priority processing will be given to students who have completed the FAFSA AND turned in all additional and requested paperwork to the Office of Financial Aid at your college(s) of choice, by the college’s deadline. 

You may still file after these dates, but your aid may not be awarded before school starts or payment is due for the term.

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