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, Veteran Benefits, Outsourced Agencies (TRA and WIA) and Student Loans.
2. How do I apply for FAFSA?
  • Complete your Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA).
  • If you need assistance, please visit any location of Three Rivers College.
  • Pell Grant eligibility is determined by Federal Student Aid (FSA) guidelines.
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 stepparent.
  • 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 financial aid office 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.
  • ALL students are encouraged to apply for financial aid.
  • Check out the Three Rivers scholarship website, visit our Facebook page, call the Financial Aid Office, or stop by any location of Three Rivers for more information about "free money".
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.
  • Work-study jobs pay minimum wage with limited hours per week.
  • Check out the Three Rivers work-study website, visit our Facebook page, 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 your letter that you received from the donor or high school.
  • If you have not already done so, bring or send the information to the Three Rivers Financial Aid Office 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 Financial Aid Office.
  • IMPORTANT: for security reasons, please refrain from using your Social Security Number.
7. Can I receive financial aid if I take classes off-campus?
  • 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, not the location of the classes.
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 Data Sheet and find out more about the student loan process.
  • 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; however, the award is reduced by the amount of available, non-loan, federal financial assistance, such as the federal Pell grant. Your A+ 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 award letters?
  • Award letters are available to view through your myTRCC account under the financial aid section.
  • Unless you notify the college in writing to decline your financial aid awards, we will consider you as having accepted your financial aid awards.
  • Award letters are not mailed. 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 four to six weeks into 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.
  • Financial Aid may be adjusted based on current enrollment.
  • 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).
  • Students 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 return some of the federal funds that were disbursed to you.
  • Students who have been paid financial aid funding are required to earn these funds by attending classes through at least 60% of the semester.
  • 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 Calculation

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