Federal and State Grants
Federal and States grants are need-based awards which do not require repayments. Students at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College may be awarded the following federal and/or state grants: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Opportunity Grant, Virginia Student Financial Assistance Program which consists of the Commonwealth of Virginia Grant and Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program, Part-Time Assistance Program, and the VCCS Grant.
Commonwealth of Virginia Grant (COMA)
The Commonwealth Grant state grant is available to students who enroll in at least half-time (6+ credits) status, demonstrate financial need, are domiciliary residents of Virginia, and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
The VGAP state grant is available to Virginia residents who graduated from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Students must be first-time freshmen enrolled at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College full-time (12+ credits). Awards may be renewed for a second year for students who have maintained full-time enrollment, a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and continue to demonstrate financial need.
Part-Time Tuition Assistance (PTAP)
PTAP grants are available for students who enroll in 1 to 8 credits only, are residents of Virginia, and demonstrate financial need.
VCCS grants are available for students from tuition set-aside funds. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need, are residents of Virginia, meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, be degree or certificate seeking, and may maintain any enrollment level.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available to a limited number of undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Students completing the FAFSA and qualifying for the Pell grant will be considered for SEOG while funds are available.
Grants are need-based awards, which usually do not require repayment as long as you complete the courses for which the grant was awarded.
The Federal Pell Grant provides financial assistance to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. A student must:
- establish financial need by completing the FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov,
- be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen,,
- and be accepted in a financial aid eligible program.
The Pell grant provides awards up to approximately $3,000 per semester. The amount of a student’s Pell award is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is calculated when you submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov.
Pell Grants are now available year-round – including the summer term. However, if you attended college full-time (12 or more credits) in both the fall and spring semesters, you must take at least six required credits to receive Pell Grant during the summer term.
Eligible students are able to receive Pell Grant up to a lifetime limit that equates to 12 full-time semesters. Pell Grants are offered based upon anticipated full-time enrollment. However, Pell awards will be reduced based on actual enrollment after the term census date and will not be increased if courses are added later in the term.
Summer Pell Eligibility Requirements
- Must be Pell eligible for the academic year
- Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- If you attended college full-time in Fall and Spring, you must enroll in at least 6 hours during the Summer term to receive Year Round Pell.
- Must be enrolled in courses required for your program of study (must be FACA eligible)