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Each year Community College of Philadelphia awards more than $800,000 in scholarships to our students. With our general scholarship application, you can keep complete just one application and be considered for more than 100 scholarships—we'll find the scholarships that are right for you!

We have scholarships for students in every stage of their Community College of Philadelphia journey, whether you are a current Philadelphia high school student, first-time College student, are halfway through your CCP studies or nearing graduation. You can continue to apply for scholarships throughout your time at the College, so please keep your eye out for opportunities each year, and if you aren't matched with scholarhips the first year you apply, try again the next year!

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, field of study, academic excellence, volunteer service and more.

You can browse our full list of scholarships or read more about our unique opportunities for full and partial scholarships below.

You can also visit our How to Apply for Scholarships page to get help with completing your application. There, you will find resources to help you in your search for scholarships, as well advice on scholarship application best practices.

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Octavius Catto Scholarship

Our newest and most comprehensive scholarship yet. In 2020 the College teamed up with the City of Philadelphia to make college free and accessible in the city of Philadelphia. The Octavius Catto Scholarship not only eliminates the cost of tuition for full-time, first-time students, but it also provides additional funding for books, food and even transportation. Complete with a specialized team of coaches and advisors, students who experience poverty will receive extensive support and guidance to help eliminate whatever hurdles they encounter on their way to completing an associate degree.

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50th Anniversary PROMISE Scholarship

If you’re a Philadelphia high school student who does not qualify for the Catto Scholarship, you may be able to pursue an associate degree at Community College of Philadelphia with no cost for tuition and fees starting with the fall semester immediately following your graduation.

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Complete with 15

Current, full-time students looking to save money on tuition should look no further. Complete with 15 offers students taking four classes (minimum 12 credits) the opportunity to enroll in a fifth class free of charge. Now you can complete your degree earlier with no added cost. 

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Joseph and Marie Field Foundation Opportunity Scholarship

Finish what you started—debt free. As one of our largest demographics, adult students are a hugely important part of our college community. That’s why we partnered with the Joseph and Marie Field Foundation to encourage Philadelphia high school graduates to come back to school and complete an associate degree. For those who attended Community College of Philadelphia and left before completing an associate degree and those who have yet to take college courses, now is your chance to come back and finish your degree for free. 

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Workforce Development Program Scholarships

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and its donors are pleased to offer scholarships to students enrolling in select Workforce Development courses. To submit your scholarship application, follow the steps in this Workforce Development Program Scholarship Application Guide.

For more information, call the scholarship hotline at 215.496.6182 or scholarships [at] (email).

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“Without stressing about how I’m going to pay for school, I can focus on other important things like attending helpful workshops. The best part is, I’ve have been able to connect with other people, and I can concentrate on school and just life in general.”
Essence Gaines | Class of 2021