WCJC - Fund Your Future

The WCJC – Fund Your Future initiative was created to help students fund their education during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listed below you will find a range of scholarships, grants and other assistance aimed at helping students continue their education at WCJC.

WCJC's Fund Your Future resources are limited in availability for qualified students enrolling with WCJC for the Spring 2021 semester.

Fall 2021 First-Time in College Scholarship
WCJC is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for first time in college students enrolling for Fall 2021!  All incoming first-time in college students who complete admission requirements will receive a $1000 scholarship, which will be applied to their Fall 2021 tuition and fees balance.   Learn more about the Fall 2021 First-Time in College Scholarship.

M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation First-Time-At-WCJC Scholarships
First-Time-At-WCJC students enrolled in Allied Health majors, Pre-Allied Health majors or in Emergency Medical Services courses may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship for 2021-2022. Students must reside in one of 15 specific counties – Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, Colorado, Dewitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, Waller or Wharton – or within the Needville Independent School District and be enrolling for the first time at WCJC during Fall 2021.  Students who have only taken dual credit courses through WCJC are eligible for this award. The scholarship application will be open through June 25, 2021 and is available on the WCJC Scholarships webpage.

Tuition & Fee Installment Plan 
For early enrollees, WCJC’s Tuition & Fee Installment Plan enables students to pay 25 percent of their tuition and fees up front, plus a $35 non-refundable enrollment fee, and then spread out the remainder of their tuition in equal monthly installments. All registered WCJC students can apply for an installment plan. The Tuition & Fee Installment Plan link has additional information.

Discounted Tuition & Fees Program

Additional assistance is being provided for WCJC students who take more than 13 hours of academic transfer courses. Under this policy, tuition and fees will be waived for any courses above the 13 credit hours. For example, an in-district student taking 19 credit hours will pay roughly $1,214 – the same amount paid by a student taking only 13 hours. Visit the Discounted Tuition & Fees Program link for more information. 

Federal Direct Student Loans
Students who have a complete financial aid file at WCJC and are achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress may qualify for subsidized and/or unsubsidized student loans. See Federal Direct Student Loans for more information. 

Financial Aid Special Condition Request
This request enables qualified students to receive an increased Pell Grant award and possibly additional subsidized loan funds. It’s aimed at WCJC students who have faced a reduction in household income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  More information on the Financial Aid Special Condition Request can be found by visiting the WCJC website. 

Pell Grants
Students who display exceptional financial need may be awarded a Federal Pell Grant.  A Pell Grant is a form of “gift aid” that does not have to be paid back.  Students ​enrolling for Fall 2021 must complete a ​2021-2022 FAFSA  and submit supporting documentation to the WCJC Financial Aid Office for eligibility consideration. See the Pell Grants link for more information.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Technical Scholarship
Wharton County Junior College will again be partnering with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo to provide scholarships to students in approved technical programs. Students must meet certain criteria to be considered for a technical scholarship.  Applicants must be a new student to the technical program in Fall 2021.  The deadline to apply is June 11, 2021. Apply today! 

Chevron Phillips Process Technology Scholarship
WCJC invites students who are majoring in or who intend to major in Process Technology to apply for a scholarship funded by the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. The deadline to apply is June 14, 2021. Apply today!


WCJC CARES COVID-19 Emergency Relief Aid Grants
WCJC has distributed over $2 million in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Aid Grants directly to eligible part-time and full-time students.   COVID-19 Emergency Relief Aid Grants will be available to eligible students attending WCJC during the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 terms.  Students will be notified about future COVID-19 Emergency Relief Aid Grant opportunities through WCJC student email announcements.  Learn more about WCJC CARES COVID-19 Emergency Relief Aid.

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