Grants

Virginia Commonwealth University participates in several state and federal grant programs. These awards are need-based and do not require repayment.

To be considered for any grant at VCU, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have the results sent to the VCU Office of Financial Aid. Information provided on the FAFSA should be complete and accurate. Failure to resolve any application-processing problems, or delays in resolving the problems, may prevent students from being considered for a grant.

Grants are not automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet eligibility requirements and satisfactory academic progress standards.

Pell is a need-based, undergraduate grant program funded by the federal government. Award amounts vary by expected family contribution (EFC) and enrollment status. Awards are initially offered based on full-year, full-time enrollment and are prorated for students who enroll less than full time.

To be considered for an award, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA (no additional application is required)
  • Have a qualifying EFC
  • Be admitted to VCU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Be enrolled in at least six credit hours each semester
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Meet all requirements for federal Title IV financial aid programs
  • Not be enrolled in a program leading to a second baccalaureate degree

SEOG is a need-based, undergraduate grant program funded by the federal government. The award amount is $2,000 per academic year.

To be considered, students must meet all the requirements for a Pell Grant and demonstrate exceptional financial need.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant program provides annual awards up to $4,000 to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who agree to teach full time in high-need subject areas in low-income areas for a minimum of four years, within eight years of graduation.

High-need fields include:

Schools serving low-income students include any private or public elementary or secondary school listed in the Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

To receive a TEACH Grant, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA, although demonstrated financial need is not required
  • Complete the TEACH Grant Application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be admitted to VCU as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate student
  • Enroll in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching
  • Meet certain academic requirements such as scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admission test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year of the grant

For students who fail to fulfill service requirements, grants are converted to direct unsubsidized Stafford loans with interest accrued from the award date.

The Virginia Commonwealth Award is a need-based undergraduate grant program for Virginia residents, funded by the state government. Award amounts are $3,900 per academic year.

To be automatically considered for an award, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA (no additional application is required)
  • Be admitted to VCU as a degree-seeking undergraduate
  • Be enrolled in six or more credit hours each semester
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program, or VGAP, is a need- and merit-based undergraduate grant program for Virginia residents funded by the state government. Award amounts are based on full-year, full-time enrollment and range from $4,100 to $13,130.

To be automatically considered for an award, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA (no additional application is required)
  • Be admitted to VCU as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours each semester
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia
  • Graduate from a Virginia high school
  • Have at least a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at VCU
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Be classified as a dependent student for federal financial aid purposes
  • Demonstrate financial need

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years by completing the FAFSA.

Students who complete their associate degree at a Virginia two-year public college and transfer to VCU may receive the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.

The grant provides $1,000 for all eligible students, with an extra $1,000 for students who pursue undergraduate work in engineering, mathematics, technology, nursing, teaching or science. An additional $1,000 is available to VCU students who advance to the next class level, limited to one award at junior level and one at senior level.

To be eligible for the award, students must:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the Transfer Grant Application
  • Be an in-state student
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Graduate from a Virginia public two-year college with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • Transfer to VCU by the fall semester following completion of the associate degree
  • Submit a final academic transcript to VCU as soon as the associate degree is posted
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA at VCU

Students who attended college prior to fall 2007 are not eligible for the transfer grant.

VCU reviews final academic transcripts to determine eligibility. In some instances, eligibility will not be established until after the semester is in session.

The grant is limited to a maximum of three years.

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