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Check out Virginia financial aid programs to help fund your college tuition.


Virginia Financial Aid

With many renowned colleges and universities in Virginia, it comes to no surprise that financial assistance for college is abundant in the state. Private, state and federal scholarships, grants and student loans all provide funding for students pursuing a postsecondary degree.

Virginia Scholarships and Grants

Virginia scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for Virginia students. Use the Campus Explorer Scholarship Search to find scholarships in Virginia that will help you get the education you need.

Residents of Virginia have numerous scholarship opportunities available to them that are administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Some scholarships offered by the council are intended for use at out-of-state colleges, but most must only be used toward tuition at in-state colleges. Here is a complete list of scholarships offered by the SCHEV:

  1. Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs: Allows students to attend certain out of state undergraduate programs and graduate programs for the in-state cost of tuition.
  2. Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students pursuing a masters degree, doctoral degree or professional degree.
  3. Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program (VMSDEP): Spouses and dependents of members of the US military service who were killed, declared missing in action, prisoner of war or a veteran.
  4. Virginia Child Care Provider Scholarship Program: Students must be enrolled in a community college or 4-year college or university in pursuit of child care certification or a degree.
  5. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (VTAG): Any student enrolled in a health related program are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The maximum award amount for undergraduate students is $2,600, while the maximum award amount for graduate students is $1,130.
  6. College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP): Students must be residents of Virginia and be enrolled in a college or university in the state. This award is based on financial need; students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is less than half of the total cost of tuition.
  7. Tuition Grant Program: Students who are currently or who used to be in foster are and received a high school diploma or GED are eligible to apply for this scholarship to be used toward tuition and fees at a Virginia community college.
  8. Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver: Any student who qualifies as a senior citizen is eligible to attend a Virginia college for free.
  9. Virginia Commonwealth Award Program: Undergraduate students in Virginia who demonstrate financial need are eligible for this award..
  10. Virginia Community College System ( VCCS) Grant: Students must be enrolled in a certificate or degree program at a Virginia community college as well as demonstrate financial need in order to receive this grant.
  11. Virginia Part-Time Assistance Program: Virginia residents who are attending a community college in Virginia are eligible to apply for this award.
  12. Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program (HETAP): This program was designed to address the teacher shortage in Virginia by providing financial assistance to students enrolled in a K-12 preparation program.
  13. Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program: First time freshmen who graduated with an associates degree at a Virginia 2-year public college or university may apply. This is an award based on financial need and academic merit. The maximum award is $1,000 however, students enrolled in a science, teaching, engineering, mathematics or nursing program are giving an additional $1,000.
  14. Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP): The neediest students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship that was established to make college more attainable for every child, regardless of financial status.
  15. Lee-Jackson Foundation of Charlottesville Scholarship: Students must write an essay on historical figures General Robert E. Lee or General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Over 20 scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded to the students with the most well thought out essays.
  16. Nursing Scholarships: Scholarships are provided to nursing students based on financial need. There is a scholarship for nurse educators, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and nurse practitioner or nurse midwives.
  17. Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Committee Scholarship: Scholarships are provided to students who are workers or family members to Burley tobacco growers.
  18. Engineer Scholarship Program (VDOT): Civil engineering college students who are in their junior or senior year are eligible to receive $3,500 per semester. In addition to the scholarship, recipients also obtain on-the-job experience at a summer internship program.
  19. Virginia National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program: Members of the Virginia National Guard are eligible to receive tuition assistance through this program if they are attending a Virginia college or university.
  20. Virginia Space Grant Consortium Scholarships:

Scholarships from Virginia Colleges and Universities

Many scholarships are offered at Virginia colleges to enrolled students. There is especially a great amount of aid for Virginia residents. The following colleges and universities offer unique scholarship opportunities to new and returning students:

Additionally, the University of Virginia offers need-based university grants and scholarships to a variety of students.

Students planning on attending a college or university in Virginia should consider the city where their prospective college is located. This is a good idea because there may be more scholarship, grant and other financial aid opportunities in cities that have a larger number of colleges and universities. The top five cities in Virginia with the most colleges include Richmond, Arlington, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Lynchburg.

Other Scholarships in Virginia

After searching for scholarships offered by the state government and the Virginia colleges you are attending, the next place to look for free student financial aid is from foundations, businesses, associations and organizations in the community. Often these organizations will establish scholarship funds for students who share similar goals or interests. If you or your parents are a frequent patron, or member of a community association try asking if they have a scholarship fund in place. Or complete an Internet search for community scholarships in your area. To get you started on your search, here is a list of private, community scholarships:

  1. Virginia Health Information Management Association: Students enrolled in a bachelor degree program in health or technology.
  2. Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships: Three scholarship programs are provided by this association to students attending a Virginia college or university.
  3. Community Foundation of Northern Virginia: A database of scholarships offered to students who are residents of Northern Virginia; some scholarships are restricted to students of particular counties or schools.
  4. Virginia Credit Union’s (VACU) Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship Program: Members of VACU who are enrolled in a Virginia college or university and pursuing their first degree are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Virginia Student Loans

Student loans are the final option for finding assistance to pay for your college education. The Student Loan Network has a database of all Virginia colleges and universities with a list of student loans available at each school.

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