Money opportunities

Scholarships are a gift and do not need to be repaid. In other words, they are free money for college. Eligibility criteria varies based on donor specifications. Awards might cover all of your tuition, or they may be a one-time gift that helps reduce the cost of your education. You do not have to pay to find scholarships or other financial aid.

JCC scholarships

Prospective and current students

We’re proud to offer over $500,000 in annual scholarship support. Many of our scholarships require no application. Fill out our single application to apply for the rest!

Transferring from JCC

We’re ready to support you as you transfer from JCC to pursue higher degrees. Apply by March 2.

Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship is available to eligible students living in New York state and enrolled in New York public colleges and universities. The scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship and will cover the cost of tuition not met by the student’s other federal, state, institutional, and private sources of grant assistance.

Find out more about eligibility requirements and how you can apply »

New York State Part-Time Scholarship

The NYS Part-time Scholarship (PTS) Award Program provides up to $1,500 per semester for four semesters, in addition to other federal and state grants, to eligible students enrolled at a New York state community college. Sign up to receive more information at

Eligibility requirements:

  • Attend a SUNY or CUNY community college
  • Take between 6 and 12 credits a semester
  • Maintain a 2.0 or above grade point average (GPA)
  • Currently enrolled students are eligible
  • May receive a PTS Award in addition to other federal and state grants for part-time students. File the FAFSA at and Aid for Part-time Study application.
  • Submit a PTS Award Program application at (sign up to receive notifications).

Scholarship spotlight

USA Scholarship

The Unified Student Assistance Scholarship, known as USA, is a unique award provided by the Jamestown Community College Foundation to top area high school graduates who enroll at JCC. The USA Scholarship pays the New York resident tuition at JCC (not met by federal PELL and state TAP or PHEAA grants). The USA Scholarship is provided for two years of study (four consecutive fall and spring semesters).

To receive the USA Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a first-time, full-time college student taking 12 or more credit hours. Transfer students are not eligible.
  • Submit the JCC application for admission and the FAFSA by January 1 of the year you plan to start attending JCC.
  • Rank in the top 20% of your graduating class at the time of application.
  • Earn a NYS Regents diploma or a PA diploma in an academic curriculum from an eligible high school.

JCC will begin awarding scholarships for the fall semester on January 1. Applications received after that date will be considered as funds are available. Applicants for spring semester admissions should complete their applications by November 1.

Maintaining eligibility for the USA Scholarship requires:

  • Earning at least 12 credit hours at JCC each fall and spring semester with a minimum 3.00 GPA each semester.
  • Filing a FAFSA and state grant application for the second year of study.
  • Find out more about the USA Scholarship
PA Top Scholars Award

The Pennsylvania Top Scholars Award is offered for up to two semesters of study to students with a PA high school diploma who ranked in the top 20.00% of their graduating class. You must enroll in at least 12 credit hours and be a first-time college student. Ten awards are made to eligible students who enroll for classes at any JCC location or online.

PEP Grant

The Pre-College Enrollment Program (PEP) at JCC lets you enroll part-time (up to 11 credit hours) to earn college credit prior to high school graduation. You can enroll for classes at either the Jamestown or Cattaraugus County Campus locations or at the North County Center.

Contact Financial Aid

Jamestown Campus
(Hamilton Collegiate Center)

800.388.8557 x1009 or 716.338.1009

Cattaraugus County Campus
(College Center)