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College Catalog: Tuition Assistance, Financial Aid And Benefits: Tuition Waivers and Grants

Senior Citizens Higher Education Act

Under the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, as amended, subject to SCHEV regulations and any legislative revisions, a senior citizen is eligible for free tuition and fees for credit or non-credit courses if he/she meets the following criteria:

a. “Senior citizen” shall mean any person who, before the beginning of any semester in which such person claims entitlement to senior citizen benefits, (1) has reached sixty years of age, and (2) has had his legal domicile in Virginia for one year.

b. A senior citizen shall be entitled:

  1. To register for and enroll in courses as a full-time or part-time student for academic credit if such senior citizen had a taxable individual income not exceeding $23,850 for Virginia income tax purposes for the year preceding the year in which enrollment is sought;
  2. To register for and audit courses offered for academic credit regardless of income level; and
  3. To register for and enroll in courses not offered for academic credit regardless of income level.

Such senior citizen shall pay no tuition or fees for courses offered for academic credit or for courses not offered for academic credit, except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees, subject to a determination by the institution of its ability to offer the course or courses for which the senior citizen registers. The Council of Higher Education shall establish procedures to ensure that tuition-paying students are accommodated in courses before senior citizens participating in this program are enrolled. However, the state institutions of higher education may make individual exceptions to these procedures when the senior citizen has completed seventy-five percent of the requirements for a degree.

Contact the Admissions Office to request the waiver.

Surviving Children of Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

Section 23-7.1:01 of the Code of Virginia provides that tuition shall be granted to children whose parent has been killed in the line of duty while employed or serving as law enforcement officer, firefighter, or a member of a rescue squad in the Commonwealth. The chief administrative officer of the law enforcement agency or the state fire marshal certifies that the deceased parent was employed or serving as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or a member of a rescue squad and was killed in the line of duty. Request for additional information should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Foster Care Tuition Grant Program

Administered by the Virginia Community College System and the Department of Social Services, this program is designed to eliminate financial barriers for students who have been in foster care. Awards will be provided to eligible applicants who are not already receiving sufficient grant funds to pay for their tuition and fees. For more information, go to www.dss.virginia.gov or visit your local Department of Social Services or the college’s Financial Aid Office on the Franklin or Suffolk campus.

Dual Enrolled Students

Generally students who have not yet completed high school are not eligible for student financial aid (described below). However, the College offers tuition reimbursement for dual enrollment under certain agreed-upon conditions with local school systems and has financial assistance available to dual enrolled students in the form of local scholarships. Qualified students may be eligible for a Dual Enrollment Camp Opportunity Scholarship, funded by the Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation, the Camp-Younts Foundation, and the Camp Foundation. This scholarship pays up to 50% of the total dual enrollment tuition and fees. PDCCC wants all students to have access to Dual Enrollment opportunities. We encourage schools and families to make us aware of students with financial need and we will work with them to find a source of financial assistance that meets their needs. Scholarship information is available online at www.pdc.edu/scholarships.