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Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. The maximum Pell Grant is around $5,550.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG): SEOG is a federal grant for undergraduates with exceptional need. Since these funds are limited, only Pell Grant recipients with the lowest Estimated Family Contribution will receive these grants which typically range from $400 to $800 at GCC. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time.

COMA: (Commonwealth Awards): The Commonwealth grant provides grants to qualified students who are domiciled residents of Virginia. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester credits) in a qualified degree program. The Commonwealth Awards must not exceed the cost of tuition and fee charges. Awards typically range from $400 to $800.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP): Full-time Virginia domiciled dependent student who graduated from a Virginia high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average may apply for this state grant program. Students must be a first-time freshman and may qualify for renewal awards.

PTAP (Part-time Tuition Assistance Program): The Virginia Part-Time Assistance Program is to assist undergraduate, part-time students with financial need to pay part of their college costs. Funds may be used for need-based grants to Virginia resident undergraduates enrolled part-time. In order for an undergraduate student to be eligible for an award, a student must:

  • Be admitted into a Virginia community college;
  • Be enrolled for one to eight credits in an approved degree, certificate, or diploma program;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia §23-7.4; and
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution

Federal Work-Study (FWS): This program provides part-time jobs for students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half-time (6 credits). Student class schedules, curriculum and job skills are considered in assessing jobs. Most employment is on-campus; however, additional employment opportunities have been established for off-campus community service employment. Students are paid bi-weekly.

Germanna Work Program: The Germanna Wage Program provides employment opportunities to students who do not qualify for need based work study. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for the Germanna Work Program. Students must meet the same academic standards as Federal work-study students and have special qualifications which may be used to further the aims and philosophy of the institution. Students are paid bi-weekly.

Federal Direct Loan: Federal Direct Loans require that you are enrolled in at least 6 credits. You must submit a Federal Direct Student Loan Request form and must have completed the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling in order to be awarded a loan. If at the time of disbursement, you are not enrolled in at least 6 credits, your loan will be cancelled. If you drop below 6 credits you must complete Loan Exit Counseling at www.studentloans.gov