Federal and State Grants
Need-based awards which do not require repayment, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, College Scholarship Assistance Program, Virginia Student Financial Assistance Program which consists of the Commonwealth of Virginia Grant and Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program, Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program, Part-time Assistance Program and Supplemental Grant.
Federal Pell Grant (PELL)
Pell Grants are federally funded grants which provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. A student must establish financial need, be a U.S. citizen, and be accepted in an eligible curriculum.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students completing the FAFSA and qualifying for the Pell grant will be considered for SEOG while funds are available.
College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP)
This need based program provides grants to a limited number of students who are residents of Virginia, who demonstrate sufficient financial need, and are enrolled in at least a half-time basis. This grant may be funded by the Federal Government and/or the state.
Commonwealth of Virginia Grant (COMA)
The COMA state grant is available for students who enroll in at least half-time, demonstrate financial need, be domiciliary residents of Virginia, and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
The VGAP state grant is available to Virginia residents who graduated from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Students must be first time freshmen enrolled at RCC full-time. Awards may be renewed for a second year for students who have maintained full-time enrollment, a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher at RCC, and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Part-Time Tuition Assistance (PTAP)
PTAP grants are available for students who enroll for 1 to 8 credits only, are residents of Virginia, and demonstrate financial need. The maximum award is the cost of tuition and fees.
Supplemental VCCS Grant (SUPP)
SUPP grants are available for students from tuition set-aside funds. Students eligible must demonstrate financial need, preferred Expected Family Contribution (EFC) under 8000, are residents of Virginia meet the College Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, be degree or certificate seeking, and can maintain any enrollment level.