Types of Aid

Descriptions and Eligibility

Federal PELL Grant
Federal SEOG
Federal Work Study
Commonwealth Grant (COMA)
VGAP Grant
PTAP Grant
VCCS Supplemental Grant
Veterans Educational Benefits
Scholarship Assistance
Other Assistance

Federal PELL Grant

  • For 2014-2015, the maximum annual Pell Grant will increase to $5,730.
  • Pell will be divided into two full-time semester awards per year.
  • Students must enroll in at 12 credits each semester to get the full amount awarded.
  • Pro-rated amounts will be given as follows: 9-11 credits = 75%; 6-8 credits = 50%; fewer than 6 credits, 0 to 25%. Come in and check if you are taking fewer than 6.

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Federal SEOG

  • Awarded only to Pell Grant recipients with highest need.
  • SEOG funds are limited; students must meet the College’s priority application deadline to ensure consideration.
  • The maximum in-state SEOG will be $400 per award year. Students who are charged out-of-state rates will be eligible for up to $1000 per year.
  • SEOG awards will not be pro-rated when a student is enrolled less than full time.

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Federal Work Study

  • Award from Federal and State funds; allows a student to earn money to meet educational expenses.
  • A student must have financial need to be awarded Work Study.
  • Work Study eligibility does not guarantee a job, as the placement of a student into a job will be based upon the available jobs and the student’s qualifications to meet the requirements for these available jobs.
  • A Work Study job award does not guarantee that all eligible funds will be disbursed to student.  Work Study is earned one hour at a time.
  • Work Study employees are usually assigned an average of 10-20 hours of work per week, and determine with their supervisors a mutually agreeable work schedule.
  • The current wage rate is $7.25 an hour for on-campus positions as well as off-campus community service positions.
  • All new Work Study employees will need to complete required payroll forms, and provide two forms of acceptable identification before they may begin working.
  • Work Study employees will be required to pass a background check.
  • Application Forms for Workstudy positions can be printed and turned into your Financial Aid Office.

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Commonwealth Grant (COMA)

  • State grant program: recipients must be domiciled in Virginia, and meet in-state residency requirements.Students who are charged out-of-state rates or live out of state are not eligible for state grants, such as COMA.
  • There are limited COMA funds, and students must meet the College’s priority application deadline to ensure consideration.
  • Students may be eligible for an additional amount of COMA in summer, depending upon fund availability and meeting the summer request deadline.  Be enrolled and contact Financial Aid  before April 15 for consideration.
  • These grant funds cannot pay for books; funding is for tuition only.  Award cannot exceed total tuition for semester.
  • Enrollment status of at least half-time (6 credit hours) required.
  • COMA awards will not be pro-rated when a student is enrolled less than full time, except if tuition charges are less than COMA award.

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VGAP Grant

  • State-funded program; recipients must be domiciled in Virginia.
  • Student must be a first-time freshman, dependent student, who graduated from a Virginia high school with a minimum GPA of 2.5, and demonstrates financial need.
  • For additional award years: continuous full-time student, maintain a 2.0 GPA.
  • Awards ranges from $800 to $4,300 a year in 2014-15.
  • A copy of the student’s high school transcript should be taken to the Admissions Office for consideration.

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PTAP Grant

  • State grant program; recipients must be domiciled Virginia residents paying in-state tuition rates.
  • Enrolled for 1 to 8 credits a semester.
  • Grant funds can only pay tuition costs; cannot pay for books.
  • Limited funds available, usually given to students who were COMA awards first.

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VCCS Supplemental Grant

  • State grant program; recipients must be domiciled Virginia residents paying in-state tuition rates.
  • Limited funds available, usually given to students who aren’t eligible for other aid, at the discretion of the Financial Aid Coordinator.

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Scholarship Assistance
Scholarships are available through Paul D. Camp Community College for Fall and Spring semesters. Please visit the Scholarships page. .

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