Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant program is the largest federal grant program. These grants provide a foundation to which aid from other sources may be added. To qualify you must be an eligible undergraduate student who has not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Pell Grants are available for full-time students and part-time students who are taking as little as a one credit course.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
This 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 $900 at ESCC. Recipients must be enrolled at least half-time.
College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP)
This need-based state grant is available for Virginia students who are enrolled at least half-time in a qualified degree or certificate program. The student’s Estimated Family Contribution must be less than one-half of the total cost of attendance. At ESCC awards range from $300 to $800.
The Commonwealth Award program 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 or certificate program. The VCCS Grant must not exceed the cost of tuition and fee charges.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
Full-time Virginia-domiciled dependent students who graduated from a Virginia high school with at least a 2.5 grade point average may receive this state grant. Students must be a first-time freshman and may qualify for renewal awards up to three additional years.
Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP)
This state-funded, need-based grant program is available for Virginia students who are enrolled in one to eight credits in a qualified degree or certificate program. The grant will cover up to the cost of tuition.
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 assigning jobs. Most employment is on-campus; however, additional employment opportunities have been established for off-campus community service employment. Students are paid every two weeks.
CommonHelp is a web-based system that allows Virginia citizens 24/7 easy access to screen and apply for various types of public benefit programs. These programs are not financial aid for college; however, they may provide assistance with other living expenses to make attending college more of a reality:
- Cash Assistance (TANF)
- Child Care Services
- Energy Assistance (Fuel, Crisis and Cooling)
- Food Assistance (SNAP)
- Medical Assistance
The CommonHealth application requires much of the same information as the FAFSA, so it’s a good idea to complete them at the same time.