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Grants and Scholarships

Federal Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants are awards to help undergraduates pay for their education after high school. The Federal Pell Grant Program is the largest federal student aid program. These grants provide a "foundation" of financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources may be added. Grants do not have to be paid back. Awards will vary and not all students are eligible.

Required application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is an award to help pay for your education after high school. It is for undergraduates only, and it does not have to be paid back. Student awards vary depending on your need, the availability of FSEOG funds at the school, and the amount of other aid. Please note that funds are extremely scarce.

Required application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant program for New York state residents attending college in the state. Undergraduate students are eligible for up to four years of TAP. Only six semesters can be used at a two-year college such as Tompkins Cortland Community College.

TAP awards vary according to your tuition, family NYS net taxable income, level of study and type of institution. The award, including any NYS scholarship or award, cannot exceed your tuition. TAP requires full-time enrollment.

Required application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Express TAP application (ETA).

Part-time students with disabilities may be eligible for a prorated Tuition Assistance Program grant. To certify your eligibility for this grant you must:

  • Contact Carolyn Boone, coordinator of access and equity services at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4283
  • Identify yourself as a student with disabilities
  • Provide appropriate documentation of the disability from a qualified professional

Further information and a copy of documentation guidelines may be obtained from the Baker Center for Learning.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

Aid for part-time study (APTS) is a grant available for part-time undergraduate study. Eligibility depends on income. Awards are determined by the College and cannot exceed tuition charges. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for an application and further information.

Required application: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Application for Aid for Part-Time Study.


TC3 Foundation, Inc. Scholarships

Tompkins Cortland Community College offers a limited number of scholarships through the TC3 Foundation, Inc. For further information and application forms, contact the financial aid office or the TC3 Foundation at 607.844.8211.

More information on Foundation scholarships

Service Tradition of TC3 Scholarship Program

A unique and prestigious scholarship program for full-time TC3 students that reinforces the value of community service and a strong work ethic as it rewards academic success through a program of financial assistance.

More Info on Service Tradition Scholarship

Scholarships for International Students

Most TC3 scholarships are for continuing students at the College. Current international students at TC3 should apply through the myINFO account by selecting “Scholarships” to complete a survey identifying any scholarships that may be available after completing at least a one semester at TC3.

Incoming international students can visit NAFSA: The Association of International Educators, which features many resources and scholarships for international students specific to major, country of origin, and more.

TC3 Pathways: Aid and Support for the Adult Student


You are eligible for a Pathways Scholarship if:

  • you reside in Cortland, Tompkins, or Tioga County
  • you are 24 years of age or older when application is completed
  • you have demonstrated financial need – as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • you enroll for at least six credits per semester
  • you have never been a college student, or, you’ve been out of college at least five years, or, you have attempted or earned 15 or fewer college credits
  • you have never earned a degree

To Apply

Here’s how to apply for the Pathways Scholarship:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • If you need help completing the application make an appointment with the Pathways Coordinator located in the Counseling department (Room 216).
  • Even if you are working, you may still qualify for financial aid.
  • Apply for admission to TC3 at
  • Complete the Pathways application form.

How Much Is the Scholarship

The maximum award is $7,000. Full-time students will receive $1,750 for up to four semesters. Part-time students will receive $875 for up to eight semesters.

This is in addition to any financial aid for which you qualify.

Additional Support

When you receive this scholarship you also receive extra support. This includes:

  • a program coordinator who offers individual advocacy and help to support
    your success
  • a supportive and caring leaning environment throughout the College
  • tutoring
  • advising
  • help in identifying and developing your strengths

Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning Credit

This information has been provided by NASFAA. The descriptions were written for students and families. Although the available details are limited, NASFAA hopes that these pieces offer useful information.

More Info on the Hope Scholarship