Frequently Asked Questions - Financial Aid - Truckee Meadows Community College

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Financial Aid's most commonly asked questions.

FAQ Questions


  • Loans always need to be paid back.
  • Pell Grant monies need to be paid back if they are awarded and the student does not attend classes.
  • Grants do not need to be paid back.
  • Log into MyTMCC.
  • Click on "Student Center".
  • Under the "Personal Information" area, click on the dropdown menu.
  • Select "Privacy Settings".
  • Click on the double arrow.
  • Click on the green "Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions" button (bottom of the screen).
  • Select the option you would like to change to (we recommend the second option: no release for commercial purposes)
  • Click "Save".

Log in to MyTMCC. Click on "Student Center". You can find your financial aid award by reviewing your award letter in the communication center. You can also find what financial aid documents you are missing by reviewing your MyTMCC "To Do List".

Contact the Financial Aid, Scholarships and Employment Office or view the online student job board for current postings.

Set up your Direct Deposit online:

  1. Log in to your Student Center in MyTMCC.
  2. Scroll down to the "Finances" section.
  3. Click on "Enroll in Direct Deposit" (link is on the left side).
  4. Click on "Add Account".
  5. Enter your bank account information (including routing number).
  6. Once all information is entered and correct, click "Save".

The Department of Education and the federal government require that each student who receives financial aid have a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Contact us to let us know about your enrollment change.

A Pell Grant is a federal grant for education that does not need to be paid back. You must qualify for a Pell Grant, which is based upon your income.

TMCC's school code is 010363.

Log in to MyTMCC. Click on "Student Center". Under the Finances section, click "View Financial Aid" and then select the year to view estimated disbursement dates.

You should apply as soon as possible after October 1 each year. Complete and current deadline information is available on our website.

Dropping a class or classes may impact your eligibility if you drop below the minimum number of credits required for TMCC students. With the various types of available financial aid to students, different aid types have different eligibility requirements. Please be sure to review your financial aid award letter to learn the specific eligibility requirements of your aid. For additional information, contact us.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), section 18004(c) of the CARES Act, also known as the Higher Education Emergency Fund (HEERF), requires each institution receiving Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds to use at least 50 percent of the funds received to award emergency financial aid grants. Grants awarded are for students who have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including: food, housing, course materials, technology, and child care.

For more information, visit Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Reporting.

Unfortunately, the HEERF Grant was a temporary resource, and is no longer available to students.

Federal Regulations

For the best results, please meet with an academic advisor to assist with your student account/courses that will allow you to receive financial aid for both degrees and/or certificates.

It depends. State and institutional financial aid have the same requirements as the federal financial aid regulation.

In this scenario, you cannot use your state scholarship (such as the Millennium Scholarship), state grant (such as the Silver State Opportunity Grant), or institutional grant (such as the Freshmen Incentive Grant) towards your credits, because they are not required for your degree program.

If you are receiving an external scholarship (such as the Nevada Women’s Fund), check the requirements for the specific scholarship.

If you are receiving the TMCC General Foundation Scholarship, the requirements are to have a 2.0 GPA and a minimum of 6 credits that may or may not need to be part of your degree program.

Millennium Scholarship

This is a slightly complicated question. The Millennium Scholarship has a limitation of being able to fund only 15 credits per semester, as well as a minimum number of credits to be eligible at each individual institution.

For example, if you were enrolled in 9 credits at a community college and 6 credits at a university, you would only be funded at the community college because the minimum requirements for a university are that you be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits. In this scenario, it may be appropriate to complete a co-enrollment form to receive funding from a community college and a university simultaneously in one semester.

For details, visit the Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program.

Visit the Financial Aid Office in Red Mountain 315C on the Dandini Campus. We ask that you provide a signed statement for our records saying that you would like us to withhold your funding.

At TMCC you need to complete at least 9 credits, that are required for your declared degree, and maintain a semester GPA of 2.75.


That depends. TMCC institutional scholarships and/or grants do not transfer to other schools. External scholarships may transfer, students should review requirements with the organization providing the scholarships or grants.

Financial Aid funds are disbursed 10 days prior to the beginning of a semester. Students enrolled in direct deposit will receive their funds sooner than students who receive paper checks.

For more information, please see our website for TMCC's Nevada Promise Scholarship.