Federal Grant Programs
Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant Program, the largest grant program available, is awarded by the federal government on the basis of financial need. It is an entitlement program, which means that if the student qualifies, the money will be provided. All students who do not have a bachelor’s degree are automatically considered for this grant by the federal processor upon filing a FAFSA. Awards are made throughout the year. For 2015-2016, the maximum award is $5,755 for a student who has an Expected Family Contribution of zero. The Department of Education may adjust this figure yearly. Awards for less than full-time students are prorated. Students who receive their first Pell Grant on or after July 1, 2008, may receive Pell Grants for as many as 12 full-time semesters (or the equivalent).
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant, but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and dies as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. Eligible students must be under 24 years of age or enrolled in college at least half-time at the time of the parent’s or guardian’s death. The grant is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year – not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) program provides federal funds to Thomas Nelson Community College for making awards to students with exceptional need. Students attending at least half-time are eligible for FSEOG. FSEOG awards are made on a rolling basis. The amounts of FSEOG awards vary depending on the need, other aid offered, and the amount of funds appropriated. FSEOG is awarded until funds are exhausted.
State Grant Programs
Commonwealth Grant (COMA)
COMA is a state funded grant that provides assistance to undergraduate Virginia residents who meet Thomas Nelson's priority date and demonstrate financial need to a maximum of tuition and fees per academic year. A minimum of 6 (six) credits hours is required each semester in order to receive COMA.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
VGAP awards range from $500 up to the cost of tuition, fees and books available to undergraduate 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 Student Federal 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 a 2.0 cumulative grade point average; maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) each semester of the academic year; maintain continuous enrollment (excluding summer); remain a dependent student according to current federal regulations.
Part-Time Tuition Assistance Grant Program (PTAP)
The Part-Time Tuition Assistance Grant Program is a Virginia Community College System grant offered to Virginia state residents who register 8 or less credits. The grant will pay up to tuition and fees. PTAP is awarded until funds are exhausted.
VCCS Supplemental Grant
The VCCS Grant is a Virginia Community College System grant offered to students who are Virginia state residents who have remaining need and are registered for at least 1 credit. The grant will pay tuition and fees. VCCS Grant is awarded until funds are exhausted.
Foster Grant Program
The Tuition Grant program provides tuition and fees and is available to foster youth, former foster youth and special needs adoptees who have a high school diploma or GED. Students must be enrolled at least six (6) credits to be eligible, meet satisfactory academic progress standards and demonstrate financial need. Students who are receiving other assistance that pays tuition and fees are ineligible to receive this additional grant.