Financial Aid
Financial Aid FAQs
1. What kind of financial aid is available?
  • The types of financial aid available at Three Rivers College include Pell Grant, College Work Study, Scholarships, A+, State Aid, Vocational Rehabilitation, Veterans Benefits, Outsourced Agencies (TRA and WIA), and Student Loans.
2. How do I apply for FAFSA?
  • The first step in applying for most types of financial aid is completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • If you need assistance, please visit any location of Three Rivers College.
  • Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the Department of Education.
3. Who do I list as my parent(s)?
  • Your legal parents (biological or adoptive) who are married to each other even if you do not live with your legal parents.
  • Legal parents (biological or adoptive) who are not married to each other but live together.
  • If your parent has re-married, answer the questions about that parent and your step-parent.
  • If your parents are divorced, include only information for the parent that the student lived with most over the last 12 months.
  • Consult the FAFSA, Federal Student Aid Website, or the Office of Financial Aid for more information on who is considered a parent.
4. Can I receive more than one type of aid?
  • You can receive both Pell Grant and scholarships.
  • You are encouraged to apply for financial aid.
  • Check out the Three Rivers scholarship website, visit our Facebook page, call the Office of Financial Aid, or stop by any location of Three Rivers for more information about "free money" to finance your education.
5. I want to know more about the work-study program. How do I qualify?
  • You must apply for Federal Financial Aid through the FAFSA to find out if you qualify for the work-study program.
  • Check out the Three Rivers work-study website or stop by any location of Three Rivers for a list of job openings.
6. I receive private scholarships. What do I need to do to get the funds?
  • Follow the instructions on the letter you received from the donor or high school.
  • If you have not already done so, bring or send the information to the Three Rivers Office of Financial Aid so it may be included in your financial aid package.
  • Make sure you put your full name and student ID on every document.
  • Please submit all information to the donor, if required.
  • If assistance is needed, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.
  • IMPORTANT: For security reasons, please refrain from using your Social Security number.
7. Can I receive financial aid if I take classes at an external location?
  • Yes, you may take Three Rivers classes at any approved location(s). Financial aid awards like Pell Grant, scholarships, A+, and veterans benefits are based on total hours enrolled.
8. I need more financial help. What about student loans?
  • You may be eligible for a student Direct Loan.
  • Contact any location of Three Rivers College to obtain a Student Loan Request Form and find out more about the student loan process, or learn more now.
  • IMPORTANT: You must have a completed FAFSA on file at Three Rivers before your student loan can be processed.
  • Remember, a student loan is not "free money;" it must be repaid.
9. I qualify for the A+ program. What do I do about receiving a Pell Grant?
  • You must have a current year FAFSA on file with Three Rivers.
  • The A+ program covers the cost of tuition and common fees for eligible classes. The A+ award is reduced by the amount of available, non-loan, federal financial assistance, such as the federal Pell Grant. The A+ award amount may result in zero if the Pell Grant is sufficient to cover your tuition and common fees.
  • For additional information on A+, click here.
10. Where can I view my financial aid offer?
  • Financial aid offers are available to view through your myTRCC account under the financial aid section.
  • The Office of Financial Aid will consider the financial aid offer accepted unless notified in writing by you.
  • Financial aid offers are not mailed; however paper copies are available upon request.
11. When will my aid pay out each semester?
  • Financial aid payments for eligible students can be expected approximately the fifth to sixth week of the semester. Late applicants can expect payment in accordance with completion of their files.
  • Financial aid is applied to the student’s account in order to pay institutional expenses incurred. If financial aid exceeds the student’s account balance, the student will receive a refund for the credit balance.
  • Not all types of aid pay at the same time. First-time loan borrowers have a 30-day delay. If you have “B session” classes, additional aid will be paid after your attendance is verified in those classes (if the additional hours increase your eligibility for aid).
  • You should receive an email once the refund is available.
12. What happens to my financial aid if I drop classes?
  • Please contact Financial Aid before you make a decision to drop a class or classes.
  • Failure to complete coursework may result in your financial aid being reduced, suspended, or returned.
13. What happens to my financial aid if I withdraw from courses?
  • If you withdraw (or stop attending classes) at any time during the semester, you may be required to repay all or some of your financial aid. You are expected to earn federal financial aid by attending classes through at least 60% of the semester. For module courses, you are expected to complete 49% of payment period or halftime enrollment. Return of Title IV calculation is performed when a student completely withdraws, drops, or otherwise fails to complete the period of enrollment. Last date of attendance will be used for Return of Title IV Calculations.

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