Student Aid Programs
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) awards grants and work-study employment in the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for consideration of all federal financial aid and scholarship programs available at Tri-C. For definitions of commonly used financial aid terms, please see our glossary.
All forms of financial aid have certain criteria that must be met to receive and maintain eligibility. Because funding is limited, students must adhere to the priority filing deadlines, established by Tri-C, to ensure consideration for campus-based programs, such as the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS) funding. Consideration for these funds is given to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis. Tri-C also awards a limited amount of Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) for students who have an approved Ohio Education and Training Voucher.
Federal Pell Grant
- Students may be awarded Pell Grant based on annual income, household size, and other factors as determined by the Federal Methodology, used to calculate all financial aid eligibility
- Up to $6,345 per academic year for 2020-2021, based on credit hours enrolled each semester
- Up to $6,495 per academic year for the 2021-2022, based on credit hours enrolled each semester
- Pell Grant does not have to be repaid
- Available to students who do not have a bachelor's degree
- Available for up to 12 full-time equivalent semesters (24 part-time semesters)
- Students may earn money through a work-study award as a part of their financial aid package.
- To search for and apply for work-study (or student assistant) positions, visit Employment Opportunities.
- Awards may be up to $7,500, based on unmet financial need and availability of funds.
View frequently asked questions about the College Work Study program. If interested, contact the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Students must be eligible for the Pell Grant.
- Awards are based on availability of funds for early FAFSA applicants.
- Awards may be up to $400, based on unmet financial need and availability of funds.
State Grants & Scholarships
The State of Ohio invests significant resources in a wide array of programs. Visit the Ohio Higher Ed: University Systems of Ohio website for the following grants and scholarships to see if you may qualify. Awards are based on many factors such as: academic merit, areas of study, military status, and financial need.
- Choose Ohio First
- Nurse Education Assistance Loan Program
- Ohio College Opportunity Grant
- Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program
- Ohio War Orphans Scholarship
- Ohio Safety Officers College Memorial Fund
- Ohio Third Frontier Internship Program
In order to qualify for participation in these programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which determines eligibility in the above mentioned grant programs, as well as the Federal Work-Study and Federal Stafford Loan programs. As such, all students who must complete a FAFSA to be considered for federal financial aid program.
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans
- Students may also borrow federal student loans, which must be repaid.
- Information about student loans may be obtained on the Student Loans page.
Changes to Financial Aid Awards
Students must notify the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships office of any other aid they will receive, including remission of fees, tuition assistance, and scholarships from other sources. If a student receives institutional or external awards, the financial aid award may be revised.
If a student's financial aid changes, the student will receive an email notification that awards were revised. Every effort will be made to adjust a student's aid prior to the disbursement of funds. In some cases, our office may have to return federal or state funds a student receives that exceed financial need. This could result in the student owing a balance. We reserve the right to review and revise a financial aid award due to the following circumstances:
- Available funding change
- Student's FAFSA information adjustment
- Revisions that affect a student’s eligibility for awards
- Student's enrollment modification
- Changes resulting from the verification process
- Additional sources of financial aid are received by the student
- Correction of errors
Additionally, change in financial aid awards may also be a result of students’ compliance with Financial Aid Policies.
NOTE: A student may request a review of aid eligibility if the family's financial situation changed since filing the FAFSA. Students may meet with a financial aid advisor to discuss changes to their financial situation.