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

  • Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Eligibility is primarily based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the Student Aid Report (SAR), but is also affected by enrollment status. The EFC must be 5198 or less. The maximum award for the 2015-2016 academic year is $5,775, with a minimum of $290. A minimum of 12 credit hours each semester is required to receive full eligibility, with pro-rated awards going to students with less than 12 credit hours. Eligible students will be awarded once the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any required documentation have been received.

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Federal SEOG

  • FSEOG is for undergraduate Federal Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need (i.e., students with the lowest EFCs). Students may receive from $100 to $4,000 a year depending on eligibility, funding level, and the date of application. Eligible students will be awarded once the FAFSA and any required documentation have been received on a first-come, first-served basis until funds have been exhausted.

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Federal Work Study

  • Federal Work-Study (FWS) provides part-time jobs for undergraduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Students are paid by the hour usually twice per month. Wages for the program must equal at least the current federal minimum wage.. The amount earned cannot exceed the total FWS award. When assigning work hours, consideration will be given to the student’s award amount, class schedule, and academic progress. Eligible students who have already been awarded other aid and wish to be considered for FWS are advised to complete a Works-Study Request Form.

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Commonwealth Grant (COMA)

  • COMA is a state-funded grant that provides assistance to undergraduate Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need. Student must be domiciled in Virginia. Award amounts cannot exceed tuition and fees per academic year. A minimum of 6 credit hours is required each semester in order to receive COMA.

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VGAP Grant

  • VGAP awards range from $500 up to tuition, fees and books available to undergraduate Virginia residents who graduated from high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average. VGAP also has specific renewal requirements:
    • Completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and continued demonstration of financial need
    • Continued enrollment in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or diploma
    • Continued domiciliary residency in Virginia
    • Academic achievement of at least 2.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Maintain full-time status (at least 12 hours) each semester of the academic year
    • Maintain continuous enrollment (not counting summer sessions)
    • Remain a dependent student according to current federal regulations.

    Eligible students who have already been awarded other aid which does not include VGAP and meet the above criteria are advised to provide a final high school transcript to the Financial Aid Office to be considered for VGAP.

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PTAP Grant

  • PTAP is a state-funded grant, which provides assistance to undergraduate Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need. Award amounts cannot exceed tuition and fees per academic year. A minimum of 1 credit hour and a maximum of 8 credit hours are required each semester in order to receive PTAP. This grant is typically not awarded as part of the initial aid package as that is based on projected full-time enrollment. As a result, this grant is normally awarded during the repackaging process that takes place after the end of the add/drop period where aid is based on actual enrollment.  Limited funds are available, so usually given to students who had COMA awards that must be cancelled due to low enrollment.

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VCCS Supplemental Grant

  • The VCCS Grant provides assistance to Virginia residents at Virginia’s Community Colleges who demonstrate financial need. Award amounts cannot exceed tuition, fees, and books per academic year. This grant may not be awarded as part of the initial aid package. It may be awarded during the repackaging process that takes place after the end of the add/drop period where aid is based on actual enrollment.  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.

VCCS Tuition Grant: The Tuition Grant program provides tuition and fees at any Virginia community college for high school graduates or general education development (GED) completers in foster care, in the custody of a social services agency, or considered a special needs adoption. A minimum of 6 credit hours is required and financial need must be demonstrated. The grant covers tuition and fees only for students not already receiving sufficient federal and state grant eligibility to cover those expenses. Students who would like to be considered for this grant should send proof of their foster care or special needs adoptee status to the Financial Aid Office.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant: A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant.

Eligible students must be under 24 years old or enrolled in college at least part-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan: Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education. A minimum of 6 credit hours per semester is required. Interest is subsidized while in school for students who demonstrate financial need and have not exceeded the aggregate limit. Annual limits are based on class level and dependency status and range from $5,500 to $10,500 per year at community colleges. Not all VCCS colleges participate in the federal loan programs.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan: Parents of dependent students may apply for a Federal Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child’s education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met. The annual limit on a PLUS Loan is equal to the student’s cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives. Not all VCCS colleges participate in the federal loan programs.

 On Ramp Grant: Federal financial assistance from Workforce Investment Act Rapid Responds funds is available to assist students who have lost their jobs to enroll in colleges programs to improve their workforce skills and ability to secure new employment. Financial need must be demonstrated and the grant cannot exceed tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Not all VCCS colleges participate in the On Ramp Grant program.

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