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Financial Aid :  Application process


Eligibility For Financial Aid

In order to qualify for financial aid sources, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or national or an eligible non-citizen as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be enrolled in an eligible curriculum for financial aid purposes.
  • Register for courses that apply to your academic program.
  • Have a high school diploma or general education development (GED) certificate, or have completed a secondary school education in a home school setting that is treated as a home school or private school under State law. Be meeting the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress at Tidewater Community College.
  • Have not defaulted on a federal student loan or owe an overpayment on a federal aid program.

Other factors such as a conviction for the possession or sale of drugs, and a current incarceration may affect eligibility for financial aid.  Financial aid advisors are available at each campus to answer questions related to eligibility.


Application Process

1.   Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at  If you prefer to complete a paper application, please contact the U.S. Department of Education

at 1-800-433-3243.

  • Create an FSA ID prior to completing the online FAFSA and use it to sign the application electronically. If you are a dependent student, your parents should also create an FSA ID. You may do so at the following web site:
  • Be sure to list Tidewater Community College(TCC) as a school choice on your FAFSA.  TCC’s school code is 003712.
  • If you prefer to sign your application manually, instead of electronically with your FSA ID, please print the FAFSA signature page and mail it to the Federal Processor immediately upon completing the online application.

2.   You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which is the results of your FAFSA application.  If you file the FAFSA electronically and provide an email address, you will receive these results at your email address approximately five business days from the date you filed.  If you complete the paper application, please allow two to four weeks for processing and the results will be mailed to your home.

  • Review your SAR for accuracy.  If you need to make corrections, please do so at the FAFSA web site,
  • If your SAR states that you have been selected for verification, you will receive a separate, official request from TCC to provide certain financial documents.
  • Comply with all requests for additional information and take the documents to your campus financial aid office as soon as possible.

3.  You will receive an official Financial Aid Award Notice from TCC detailing your estimated expenses for the enrollment period and your eligibility for financial aid sources.

  • Review this document carefully and follow any additional directions that it provides.  Some sources of aid, such as student loans, require an additional application.
  • Determine if your aid will cover your charges.  If not, please pay any charges not covered by aid prior to the tuition payment deadline published on the TCC web site.
  • Allow for adjustments if you are less than full-time.  All financial aid awards are based on projected full-time enrollment.

4.   Register for Classes

  • Follow the directions to register as listed in the current semester schedule.
  • Be sure that you are enrolled in an eligible curriculum for financial aid purposes.  All of TCC’s degree programs and most of the certificate programs are considered eligible curriculums for financial aid purposes.  Please see your counselor or financial aid advisor if you have questions.
  • Register for only courses that apply to your academic program.

5.   Pay your tuition by the published deadline.

  • If your aid does not cover all of your tuition expenses, please be prepared to pay the balance by the tuition deadline.  If you do not, the classes that are not covered will be dropped.
  • Remember that aid is based on projected full-time status.  It may be adjusted if you are less than full-time, which could create an outstanding balance that you must pay.

6.  Purchase your books

  • You are expected to purchase your books prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • If you have a remaining aid balance after tuition and fees are deducted, you may use the remaining aid at the College bookstore.  The dates that you may use remaining financial aid each semester are published at the bookstore and can be found online.
  • If you apply late for financial aid, you may experience a 24 hour delay from the time that your award is applied to when you may use the remaining balance at the bookstore.
  • Take your picture ID (driver’s license or student ID) with you to the bookstore to facilitate you using financial aid for your purchases.

Additional Notes:

  • Student applications are reviewed and analyzed on an individual basis to determine financial need. Financial need is the difference between the "cost of attendance," and the "expected family contribution" as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.  Those with the greatest demonstrated need are awarded the most aid.
  • Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Late applications are considered as funds become available.
  • If a student does not attend the first semester, all financial aid awards will be canceled for the year. Students must notify the financial aid office in writing if they plan to return to TCC for the next semester, but there is no guarantee of available funds.
  • Applicants are entitled to review their records in the Financial Aid Office and may receive an explanation of how their awards, or rejection of aid, was determined.

TCC Financial Aid Contact Information
Chesapeake Campus
Portsmouth Campus
1428 Cedar Road
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7000 College Drive  
Chesapeake, VA 23322   Portsmouth, VA 23703  
Phone ~ 757 - 822 - 5145 Phone ~ 757 - 822 - 2215
Norfolk Campus

Virginia Beach Campus

300 Granby St.  
Financial Aid Office Hours of Operation
1700 College Crescent  
Norfolk, VA 23510   Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Phone ~ 757 - 822 - 1236 Phone ~ 757 - 822 - 7292
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