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Tacoma Community College » Costs & Aid » Types of Aid

Types of Aid

Photo of a piggy bank and stacks of coins. We have several options to help you pay for your education at TCC.

Apply for financial aid as early as possible. After our priority deadline, some funds are limited and based on availability only.

Financial Aid that Works for You

With grants, scholarships, loans and work study jobs on campus, you can find the right solution for your unique needs and educational goals.

You don't have to be a genius ... but you do have to work hard. At TCC, we expect our students to be as committed to their education as we are. Most financial aid options are subject to Satisfactory Academic Success Requirements.

If you ever feel like you're falling behind, take advantage of the many free opportunities for tutoring, study skills, and individual counseling or advising. Learn more about TCC's Academic Resources for students.

Grants: Grants do not have to be paid back, as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress. If you have a bachelor's or an equivalent degree, you are not eligible for grant aid. Learn more about grants.

Scholarships: Scholarships do not have to be paid back, and are awarded for academic merit, financial need, athletic or artistic talent, community involvement and fields of study. Learn more about scholarships.

Loans: TCC participates in the Direct Loan program. Loans must be repaid. For specific information regarding assessing your debt burden, repayment terms, and loan limits, review the Student Guide, available from our office. Learn more about loans.

Federal and State Work Study: These programs provide an opportunity to earn a portion of your financial aid through part time employment, both on- and off-campus. Funds are very limited. Learn more about Work Study.

Other Options

TCC also participates in the WorkFirst and Worker Retraining programs.

WorkFirst assists parents who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) with college costs and training.

Worker Retraining provides financial assistance to unemployed workers and people at risk of unemployment to get the training they need to secure a new job.

Veterans Affairs assists Veterans and the family of Veterans get the education and training they need.

Opportunity Grant The Opportunity Grant program may be able to help you obtain professional training that can lead to rewarding employment.

SPRUCE The SPace available to Respond to the Unemployed through College Education (SPRUCE) program allows tuition and fee waivers for long-term unemployed individuals to enroll in classes at TCC as long as there is space available.

Note: An offer of financial aid does not guarantee you will be able to register for the classes you want.

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