Grants are need based and do not require repayment. The only application required for most grants at BRCC is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
The Pell Grant is a federal grant entitlement program, which means that the federal government will pay all applicants who meet all program eligibility criteria. In some cases, an eligible student may receive a Pell Grant if enrolled for less than 6 credits. The amount of the Pell grant is based on a federal formula using your EFC and enrollment status.
The SEOG is a federal grant program that is awarded to the students with the highest levels of financial need as determined by the FAFSA. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients and students with a low expected family contribution (EFC). There are very limited SEOG funds, and students should have met the March 15 priority application filing date to ensure consideration. The maximum SEOG will generally be $400 per award year for in-state students. Some out of state students may be awarded up to $2000. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits hours per semester.
Commonwealth Award (COMA) Grant
The COMA is a state grant ranging from $500 to $2,000 a year, depending on the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits hours a semester. There are very limited COMA Grans funds, and students should have met the March 15 priority application filing date to ensure consideration.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) Grant
The VGAP is state-funded. For consideration, students must be: first-time freshmen, enrolled full-time, dependent, high school graduates with high school GPA of at least a 2.5, Virginia residents with demonstrated financial need. The VGAP ranges from approximately $1,000 to $2,900 a year, depending on the student’s expected family contribution (EFC). Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for their VGAP award each semester and must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours each academic year to remain eligible for consideration during the next academic year. Students must contact the financial aid office and provide an official high school transcript to apply.
Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP) Grant
The PTAP is a state grant based on need and awarded to eligible students who are enrolled for 1 to 8 credits a semester. Grant awards are for up to the tuition amount only.