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Virginia’s Community Colleges aim to keep tuition costs low 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 Aid:

The U.S. Department of Education provides information for those interested in going to college. You can find information about preparing for college, federal aid types, qualifications, applying, and loans on their website

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.  The first step to accessing these funds is to 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 federal tax benefits

Interested in getting an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid? Visit this webpage and click on the Thinking About College section.

Virginia Aid:

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.

Institutional Aid:

Virginia’s community colleges offer a tuition grant program specifically designed for foster youth.  Also, 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.