How to Apply

Loan Information

Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 

Tips and Guidelines for Financial Aid Applications

  • Apply early! Several financial aid and scholarship programs have deadlines. 
  • Start by applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Most financial aid is awarded through the FAFSA, including Pell grant, Stafford loans, and Lottery Tuition Assistance Program.
  • The amount of Financial Aid awarded through the FAFSA is based on the student's  financial need.  Household composition, income earned, taxes paid, etc are all used in determining the amount of aid awarded.  Bill paid out is not taken into consideration.
  • Any financial assistance you are awarded is to be used solely for legitimate educational purposes. If you are receiving financial aid for the current/upcoming academic year (or expect to receive financial aid), read carefully Important Information for Current Year Recipients.
  • In order to receive financial aid, you must be registered for courses at Tri-County; all financial aid programs have requirements for the number of credit hours you must carry each term. Read EVERYTHING you receive from the Financial Aid Office and this website. To received financial aid, you must complete a new FAFSA each year.
  • If you withdraw from your classes during the term, you must notify the Financial Aid Office and you must be aware of the Earned Aid Policy. If you drop courses, you must also be aware of important information that could affect your financial aid status.
  • The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to review and cancel an award at any time because of changes in your financial or academic status, or if you fail to perform college work-study duties satisfactorily.
  • If you are receiving financial assistance through any of the Title IV, Federal Student Aid Programs, you MUST be making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate.

LIFE Scholarship

  • The total LIFE scholarship for the academic year will not exceed $5000. The scholarship will be divided equally between fall and spring semesters (Fall - $2500, Spring - $2500).
  • This figure also includes the $300 annual book allowance.
  • LIFE Scholarship does not cover Summer tuition
  • Admissions informs Student & Financial Aid of eligible LIFE recipients
  • Student must read and sign the LIFE Affidavit for the appropriate aid year
  • In order to keep LIFE scholarship after the first year, students must earn at least a 3.0 and earn 30 college level credit hours combined for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms
  • Must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours)
  • Remedial/developmental courses or non-degree DO NOT count towards the 12 credit hours needed (Examples include ENG 031, ENG 032, ENG 100, MAT 010, MAT 012, MAT 031, MAT 032, MAT 101, RDG 032, RDG 100, BIO 100, CHM 100)

 Further detailed information regarding the LIFE Scholarship

Required LIFE Affidavit

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Contact Us

Financial Aid
(864) 646-1650
Toll-free number (within 864 area code): 1-866-269-5677 x1650
Fax: (864) 646-1890

Office Location:
Miller Hall
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.