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Virginia’s Community Colleges hold down tuition costs to make college affordable for every student. But many students still need help to cover a variety of costs such as room and board, books and transportation. The financial aid officers at each of our 23 colleges can provide information on eligibility and application processes for federal, state, and local financial aid programs.

Financial aid generally takes three forms:

Grants and Scholarships – financial support that requires no work or repayment

Work-Study – paid employment for a non-profit organization on or off-campus

Loans – financial support that must be repaid, normally commencing six months after graduation

*For information about the forms of financial aid offered by Virginia’s Community Colleges, see this document. 

Federal Information

The U.S. Department of Education offers a wide array of online services for those interested in going to college. View the latest information about financial aid at the federal level.

The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds to more than 15 million students every year.  Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you’re saving for or paying education costs for yourself or another student who’s a member of your immediate family, you may be entitled to tax benefits

Interested in getting an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid? This tool can help.

Virginia Information

There are a variety of financial resources available through state programs for those interested in furthering their education.

Since its inception, Virginia529 has proven to be a very popular program because of its tax advantages.

Virginia’s community colleges offer a tuition grant program specifically designed for foster youth and financial awards are made available through a competitive scholarship program that’s funded by both NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia called the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) offers several scholarships specifically targeted to community college students. 

Additional information on financial aid can be found on the websites listed below: