Del Mar College Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Advantage Scholarship, or TAG, helps students focus on their studies, not student loans.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Paying for college may seem like a bigger challenge than actual tuition these days. Del Mar College wants to relieve some of that stress from eligible students by helping them with tuition and fees through a new program.

The Tuition Advantage Scholarship, or TAG, is designed to cover tuition and compulsory fees for four consecutive long semesters (fall and spring) and is available beginning in the fall 2022 semester.

And recipients don’t have to repay the funds.

“The Del Mar College Tuition Advantage Scholarship is an opportunity for eligible students to focus on their course of study, avoid student loans, and not worry about the cost of their tuition,” says Joseph Ruiz, Director of DMC Financial Aid Services. “With this new program, the College is leveraging all federal, state, and institutional funds and investing in our greatest asset…our students.”

Funds for the TAG program come from federal and state aid, such as Pell Grants and Texas Educational Opportunity Grants, scholarships, and other gift-based aid. Once federal and state financial aid has been applied, students’ remaining balances will be covered by the TAG program.

The program was officially launched on Monday morning May 23. Those who meet the eligibility criteria can now apply. To be eligible, applicants:

  • must be a resident of Texas.
  • their adjusted gross family income is $125,000 or less.
  • must be enrolled in or admitted to a degree program for the upcoming fall or spring semesters for a minimum of 9 credit hours and a maximum of 12 credit hours OR in a selected Continuing education program.
  • must have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Texas State Financial Aid Application (TASFA if not eligible to complete a FASFA) on file and a Pell/state grant eligible. Continuing education students must complete the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) Application and a DMC Continuing Education Enrollment Package.
  • maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  • are not in default on a student loan.
  • do not currently hold a bachelor’s degree.

The program is open to new and current students.

New students for credit must submit their Apply Texas ( admission application, along with the FAFSA. The TAG program does not cover dual credit high school students or dual enrollment high school continuing education students.

Additional information is available online at the College’s TAG Program Questions and Answers page at

You can also contact the DMC Financial Aid Services office at 361-698-1293 or [email protected] or visit their webpage at index.html. Fall 2022 credit courses begin August 29 and registration is ongoing. For details, visit

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