Scholarships & Waivers

Want to know the secret to getting the most aid possible? Apply, apply, apply. Then apply some more. Filling out applications from the FAFSA to TCC Foundation Scholarships and more increases your chances of receiving financial aid.

Before you get started

Feel free to explore the many scholarship opportunities. When you are ready to start a applying, make sure you take the following steps:

  1. Be Admitted to TCC
  2. Apply for Financial Aid

The TCC Scholarship Guide offers some great tips for applying to any scholarship.

Contact Us

If you need help with anything, our Financial Aid office is ready to help. Call 918-595-8000 for questions about scholarships at TCC.

Tulsa Achieves Scholarship

If you’re an incoming freshman and Tulsa County resident, complete the Tulsa Achieves Agreement. If you meet the requirements, you get your first two years of college free.

About Tulsa Achieves

State Scholarships

Discover Oklahoma's Promise, a scholarship opportunity that paves the way to higher education for eligible Oklahoma high school students. Income-based eligibility and academic requirements apply.

See You Qualify for Oklahoma's Promise

Get tuition waived for up to $700 per semester and a total of $1,400 for the academic year. Funds for the waiver are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply by completing a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 1. Discover what Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver and Policies can do for you.

The OK Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Incentive Program also known as the "Inspired to Teach" scholarship, offers qualified Oklahoma students an opportunity to earn scholarships and benefits. Program participants may have the opportunity to earn up to $25,500 as they complete their Educator Preparation Program and teach in Oklahoma.

Learn more about the Oklahoma Future Teacher Scholarship and Employment Program on the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education website.

TCC Foundation Scholarships

Appy for more than 70 Scholarships through one application. Deadlines vary. 

Check out the TCC Foundation scholarship tutorial video to aid you in applying.

TCC Foundation Scholarships

TCC Scholarships

There are a lot, so plan on applying multiple times in multiple places.

The George Kaiser Family Foundation Bridging the Gap and The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Scholarships are designed to support and encourage students in the field of child development.

Learn More about Child Development Scholarships

Our honors scholarships are here to support students who are driven to excel academically and want to leave a positive mark in our community. Take a look at the different scholarship options available to help you succeed in your education and be a part of our vibrant learning community at TCC.

Learn more about Honors Scholarships

My Dream is a scholarship opportunity for Tulsa and Rogers County high school graduates who will not receive any state or federal financial aid.

Learn More About the My Dream Scholarship 

The purpose of the Ragland Family Education Foundation Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to Oklahoma students with limited educational funding who want to obtain a college degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).

Learn more about the Ragland Scholarship

Must be a high school student pursuing studies in Theatre Program, as well as an OK resident. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for first-semester students, 3.0 GPA is required for the second semester. Applicant must provide two contrasting monologues and a technical portfolio. The date, time, and location of scholarship interviews and auditions are arranged by Mark Frank, Coordinator of Theatre – mark.frank@dfyiqi.com.

For more information, contact the TCC Performing Arts Division Office at 918-595-7752.

A talentship is a grant credited directly to the student's account and is awarded toward the end of the applicable semester.

Requirements

Includes an audition (may be waived for prior students whose ability is already known to the faculty) and enrollment in and successful completion of ensembles and private lessons. The student must also be an Oklahoma resident.

Contact a music faculty member to learn more:

  • Laura Cowan (vocal) 918-595-7745
  • Heidi Rigert (strings, piano, guitar) 918-595-7755
  • Reid Bennett (wind, brass, percussion) 918-595-8617

TCC Waivers

Oklahoma Resident Tuition Waiver

Various tuition waivers are available to Oklahoma residents. To be considered for a tuition waiver submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to TCC by February 1.

Contact Financial Aid at 918-595-2010 for more information.

Non-OKLAHOMA Resident Tuition Waiver

The Non-Resident Tuition Waiver application is intended for students who are residents of other states.

This scholarship tuition waiver is for a specified dollar amount. It does not include textbooks, parking, ID, or other student fees. Financial Services is notified of successful applicants. The student's account is credited with the specified dollar amount granted in the waiver. If a student has already paid for the upcoming academic period's classes, then Financial Services will send the student a refund reflecting the scholarship portion of the paid tuition.

Apply for the Music Department Tuition Waiver

Contact a music faculty member to schedule auditions:

  • Laura Cowan (vocal) 918-595-7745
  • Heidi Rigert (strings, piano, guitar) 918-595-7755
  • Reid Bennett (wind, brass, percussion) 918-595-8617

The Application for the Music Department Tuition Waiver is reviewed as they are submitted and auditions are completed.

This opportunity waives tuition for up to 9 credit hours. It does not include textbooks, parking, ID, or other student fees. Financial Aid is notified of the successful applicants. They, then, credit the student's account with the number of hours granted in the waiver. If a student has already paid for the upcoming academic period's classes, then Financial Services will send the student a refund reflecting the scholarship portion of the paid tuition.

For more information, contact TCC Performing Arts Division Office at 918-595-7752.

TRiO services are focused on low-income and potential first-generation college students. First-generation is defined as students for whom neither parent has a four-year college degree. Students are nominated by an EOC Counselor.

Participants must:

  • Submit a FAFSA
  • Reside in Tulsa, Creek, or Osage County
  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

Contact your local TRIO Office for more information.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or meet FAFSA requirements, be admitted as a TCC student, and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Federal income guidelines
  • Neither parent graduated with a four-year degree
  • Have a documented disability

Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum overall completion rate of 67% or greater. Must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Explore TRIO Student Support Services

Scholarship Application Guide

Approach Scholarships Like a Job Interview

Present yourself as the right candidate on your applications. Highlight your good qualities and emphasize how well you meet the qualifications. Always read application directions carefully and double-check your application for mistakes before submitting.

Apply! Apply! Apply!

The more you apply the better your chances. Carve out time in your schedule to search and apply for scholarships weekly. Don’t disregard a scholarship because you may not meet all the qualifications. Don’t dismiss a scholarship just because it’s for a small amount. You won’t get every scholarship, but the more you apply the more you increase your chances.

Write an Essay in Advance

Many scholarship applications require a personal essay. Write (and save) one in advance. Best strategy: Draft 3-5 sentences on each of the following topics: your personal history; your academic and career goals; your financial need. You can expand or edit your saved essay to fit a specific application. Be sure to have a friend, parent, or teacher proofread your essay.

Look for Opportunities Everywhere

Don’t just rely on TCC’s institutional scholarships. Look for scholarships through search engines such as Petersons.com or Fastweb.com. You can search by major, your future career, and your talents and hobbies. Many local organizations and churches sponsor scholarships. Many private businesses offer scholarships to employees or spouses and dependents of employees.

Protect Your Data

Practice good security habits when sharing your personal data. Is the application method secure? Who will view your data? Are they asking for a lot of sensitive data like your social security number or your cell phone number? What will they do with your data? Know before you submit.

Never Pay to Apply for Scholarships or the FAFSA

Unfortunately, there are dishonest people who want to take advantage of students and their families by pretending to offer legitimate aid opportunities. Always educate yourself on what kind of organization is offering the scholarship. And never, ever pay someone to apply for a scholarship or complete your FAFSA. The FAFSA is free, and reputable scholarships will never ask for your money.

Find More Scholarships

The following are reputable search engines to help you find more scholarship opportunities. These sites are not affiliated with TCC.