How to Apply for Financial Aid
*Note: Students must re-apply for financial aid each academic year. Please be sure to apply as early as possible.
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at StudentAid.gov as soon as possible, after October 1st, for the following academic year. Consider using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) that automatically transfers tax information into the FAFSA form. For much quicker processing than mailing, submit the FAFSA electronically. All students must re-apply for the FAFSA each academic year. TCC’s school code for the FAFSA is: 001533
2. Review your Student Aid Report (SAR)
The Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to you by the U.S. Department of Education three days to three weeks after you submit your FAFSA application. If you have an FSA ID (username and password) and your FAFSA information has been processed, you can log in at StudentAid.gov to view Student Aid Report information no matter how you completed the FAFSA. You should review your SAR for accuracy. If you need to make any corrections, visit StudentAid.gov/Apply-for-Aid/FAFSA/Review-and-Correct.
3. Clear Action Items
Before your financial aid can be processed, you must fulfill all outstanding requirements. The request will appear as an Action Item(s) in your Workday inbox or a request(s) is sent to your TCC email. This includes Action Items issued from other TCC departments.
If you are selected for verification, you will be asked to submit specific information. Please submit all documents as quickly as possible, via document attachment upload, mail, fax, or in person to the Financial Aid Office. Please do not email any documents. In most cases, it is the Federal Government who selects you for verification; however, there are instances when information seems inconsistent and the Financial Aid Office will select a student for verification.
4. Monitor Your Status
Continue to monitor your Workday inbox and TCC email during the financial aid process for possible further actions you may need to take. An email will be sent to your TCC email address if you are awarded financial aid.
5. View Awards in Workday
You can view your awards in Workday by selecting the TCC Financial Aid worklet and then select View Financial Aid. Your financial aid awards are based on full-time (12 credit hours) of enrollment. If you choose to enroll in less than 12 credit hours, then your awards will be reduced. Grants, service awards and scholarships are automatically accepted for you. Scholarships will post to your financial aid once TCC receives the scholarship payment.
6. Accept/Partially Accept/Decline Awards in Workday
You will need to decide if you wish to use loans to finance your education. If you choose to use any loan, then you must accept or partially accept your loan awards in Workday and complete Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling on StudentAid.gov/Complete-Aid-Process.
You may also have been awarded Federal Work-Study. You will need to accept this award in Workday. Federal Work-Study provides part-time job opportunities on and off campus. To be eligible for Federal Work-Study you must be a student in financial need, complete orientation, complete a successful background check, and apply for an open Work-Study position as advertised on FutureLink.
Get the Most Out of Your Financial Aid
1. Learn About Federal Direct Loans and Requirements for TCC Borrowers
2. Apply for TCC Scholarships
3. Understand the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid
4. Learn About FERPA and Your Student Rights and Responsibilities
5. Create Your Refund Account and Set Your Refund Preferences
6. Check Out Fee Payment Procedures and Fee Payment Deadlines
Ways to Finance your Education
TCC awards millions of dollars in scholarships each year. Scholarships are awarded to students on merit basis and do not have to be repaid. Students can apply to all TCC scholarships every Fall and Spring using the online scholarship application. The scholarship application usually opens in October for all new, continuing, and transfer students; however, deadlines to apply differ.
In addition, students can receive scholarships and grants from outside sources. These include State programs such as Florida Bright Futures.LEARN MORE
Grants are needs-based awards that do not have to be repaid. The most common grant programs are funded through U.S. Department of Education including the Federal Pell Grant Program. There are also some grants which are funded through private organizations and professional associations.Click here to learn more
Student loans can be used to cover the cost of tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing, food and transportation. Unlike scholarships, loans must be repaid so students should only borrow what is necessary to cover these expenses.
Federal Direct Loans are student loans that are funded through the U.S. Department of Education and are guaranteed and regulated by the federal government. They offer students a way to borrow money for college at a very low interest rate.LEARN MORE
The Federal Work Study allows students to earn money to pay for college expenses while gaining valuable employment experiences. The program provides part-time job opportunities on or off campus and is need-based. Students can work up to 25 hours per week based on their Federal Work Study allocation. Students are paid at an hourly rate and paid once a month based on the Tallahassee Community College payroll schedule. Students that are awarded and have accepted the Federal Work Study award will need to apply for the program, attend a Federal Work Study orientation, and complete a successful background check. If you have not been awarded Federal Work Study and would like to participate, you can make a request for an award by contacting the Financial Aid Office.Click here to learn more