Types of Aid

Types of Aid

The amounts and types of financial aid you receive are determined through federal, state and institutional guidelines. Most federal financial aid is based on financial need.

  1. Grants are awarded through federal, state and institutional sources and are generally based on financial need. Grants are "gift" assistance and do not need to be repaid.

  2. Scholarships are provided through the HCC Foundation, corporations, private donors and the college. Scholarships are "gift" assistance and do not need to be repaid.

  3. Work-Study (student employment) is offered through the college. Student employees work on or off-campus and are paid an hourly rate for work performed.

  4. Federal student loans are offered at low-interest rates and can be repaid over an extended period of time, generally after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time (6 or more credits).


Financial aid will verify eligibility based on the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the first step in applying for financial aid.

Financial Aid Contact Center

Financial Aid Contact

Call Center Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Live Chat Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – Noon and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Campus Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. | Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Find a Financial Aid office at a campus near you