Carl D. Perkins Grant

For students in the School of Professional and Technical Programs or the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, financial support may be available for child care assistance, books, and/or transportation reimbursement. Awards are dependent upon the amount of Carl D. Perkins funding available each semester. 

Funds are awarded according to highest need to eligible students who apply by the priority deadline. After the priority deadline funds are awarded to eligible applicants first come/first serve, according to need. 

Child Care

Dependent Care is limited to three dependents per family. It is paid directly to the designated licensed daycare facility or registered family home at a weekly rate based on the age of the child(ren). Children 12 and up are not eligible.  Childcare funding from others sources such as CCS must be reported. Childcare funding cannot be awarded from another source and Perkins at the same time. Excessive absences of the child from daycare will result in cancellation of funds. Payment is made at the beginning of each month. Registration or supply fees are not included. The rates are as follows and are subject to change.

  • Infants to age 1                          $65.00
  • Ages 1 to 2                                  $60.00
  • Ages 2 and up to Kindergarten    $50.00
  • After school care                          $40.00

Book Loans

Book loans are available to Perkins participants who qualify. Books must be returned to the Perkins/Adult Student Services office by the due date at the end of each semester. Failure to do so will result in a "hold" being placed on records. This will prevent future enrollment, transfer, and/or release of transcripts. Students who are currently enrolled in a Health Science Program have the option of keeping their books at the end of the semester.   Also, books can only be vouchered from the on-campus bookstore.  Perkins students may write/highlight in the books.  If the books are lost or destroyed, the student will be responsible for the replacement cost of the items.  All previously used textbooks that are replaced with updated versions will be available to CTE students for free in our office.  

Transportation Reimbursement

Transportation reimbursement is available to those Perkins participants who live 20 or more miles from campus. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.10 per mile.  Mileage log sheets must be picked up at the beginning of the month, filled in, and returned to Perkins/Adult Student Services by the last business day of the month. Failure to turn in log sheet by the last business day of the month will forfeit payment of for that month. Checks will be mailed by the 15th of each month for the previous month from Business Services. Please record exact trip mileage.  Rate is subject to change.

How to Apply

Download the application

Applications can also be picked up in the Perkins/Adult Student Services offices, Pirtle 128. To be considered for funding, students must meet all guidelines below and submit all necessary documentation, including filing a FASFA application on-line or through the TJC Financial Aid office. Financial assistance eligibility is based upon major, need, full-time status, GPA, progress toward major and availability of Carl D. Perkins Grant funds.

Grant funds are limited, so eligible students will be placed on a waiting list and awarded funds according to highest economic need as funds become available. All students must reapply prior to the fall semester of each academic year and fill out a continuation form each spring. 

All Perkins participants must be full-time students majoring in a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, as listed in the Tyler Junior College course catalog. Your current major must be listed correctly in the TJC Registrar's office. If it is not, you must change it immediately in order to be eligible for consideration. (ex: If your major is nursing, but you have not yet been accepted into the program, your major should state Pre-nursing). Associate of Arts (transfer degree for Bachelors) majors, such as General Studies, Teaching, Pre-Law, etc. are not eligible for the Perkins Grant.

  • Apply for the Federal Pell Grant online or in the financial aid office.
  • Be eligible for and receiving Pell Grant funding.
  • Turn in a notarized Perkins Grant application, with all required documentation, by the deadline.
  • Sign contracts each semester prior to funds being spent.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA and maintain full-time (12 hour) status without excessive absences. Progress should be evident toward a major to qualify for future funding.

If you are awarded the Perkins Grant, you must maintain your eligibility throughout the semester.  If at any time you drop below full-time status (12 hours) or your GPA drops below a 2.0 then your Perkins funding will cease immediately and you will be required to return any items that were purchased for you using Perkins funds.