Types of Aid
Scholarships, grants, loans, and student employment are all considered financial aid. Learn more about what is included in your award package here:
A grant is a type of financial aid that does not require repayment. John Tyler Community College participates in several need-based federal- and state-funded grant programs. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive any of the types of aid below.
The following need-based grant programs are available at John Tyler:
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is an award for undergraduates only with no prior bachelor’s or professional degree. Eligibility is primarily based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) but is also affected by enrollment status. The EFC must be 5576 or less. The maximum award for the 2019-2020 academic year is $6195, with a minimum of $657. 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 credits.
FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
FSEOG is for undergraduate Federal Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need (i.e., students with the lowest EFCs). Students may receive up to $2,000 a year depending on eligibility and funding level. Preference is given to out-of-state students whose tuition charges are significantly higher.
COMA (Commonwealth Grant)
COMA is a state-funded grant that provides assistance to undergraduate Virginia residents to a maximum of tuition and fees per academic year. A minimum of 6 credit hours is required each semester in order to receive COMA.
VGAP (Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program)
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
- 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)
- Advance class levels upon completion of each full year of award received (i.e. a first-year student would need to earn 30 credits by their second year to remain eligible).
Please note: Students are required to submit a copy of their final high school transcript to the financial aid office for VGAP consideration.
PTAP (Part-time Tuition Assistance Program)
PTAP is a VCCS, state-funded grant, which provides assistance to undergraduate Virginia residents to a maximum of 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.
VCCS Tuition Grant
The VCCS Tuition Grant is a state-funded grant program that 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.
When you complete your FAFSA, the Financial Aid office uses it to determine your eligibility for these grant programs. If you qualify for one (or more), you will receive a message to your Student Center detailing the grants you are eligible to receive.
John Tyler Community College participates exclusively in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program which includes Subsidized Student Loans, Unsubsidized Student Loans and Parent Loans. The Federal Government is the lender in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Students and parents interested in federal student and parent loans will be required to apply through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program and complete master promissory notes. If you decide to borrow a loan, your loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system. Loans are currently disbursed in two installments in a given semester.
For additional information on the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, please click on the following links:
- General Direct Loan Information
- Direct Loan Consolidation Information
- Direct Loan Servicing Information
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students in order to help them afford College. In the FWS program, students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) qualify them for FWS are awarded an allotment of funds which may be earned through part-time employment in FWS-approved positions either on- or off-campus. FWS jobs are designed to be flexible around students’ class schedules. If you wish to be considered for the FWS program, you must indicate this preference on your FAFSA and apply directly to FWS program employers.
If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study and are looking for a job, the Financial Aid Office maintains a list of available FWS positions here.
If you do not currently have a work study award, please follow up with the Financial Aid Office regarding your eligibility for the work study program.
To apply for a Federal Work-Study job, students must meet basic eligibility criteria as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the following steps:
- Review the list of available FWS positions and contact the hiring supervisor for an interview.
- If offered a position, you will be referred back to the Financial Aid Office to receive the remaining “new hire” documentation including the Criminal History Record Name Search Request Form.
- In addition, a state application is also necessary to complete your new hire process. Log on to the state career site to complete and print an online application. Simply, click the “Create an Application” link on the left and follow the instructions. Please note, a position number and job title is not required on the application.
- Submit all completed documents to the Chester Financial Aid Office. Be sure to sign and date your state application and include it with your new hire packet documents.
Your supervisor will notify you when the criminal history search is completed and clear and you can begin employment. Review the Federal Work-Study Student Handbook for additional information regarding the Federal Work-Study program.
The College also publishes a FWS Student Handbook with additional information regarding the Federal Work-Study Program.
Many organizations, including the John Tyler Community College Foundation, offer scholarships each year to students who deserve recognition for their academic achievement, service, and talent.
The John Tyler Community College Foundation offers a number of scholarships created exclusively for John Tyler Students through donors’ generous support of the College. You can find out more about these scholarships on the John Tyler Community College Scholarship page.
The College’s Financial Aid Office also maintains a list of private scholarships which are not administered by the College’s Foundation. You can find out more about these scholarships on the private scholarship page.