How much does each course cost?
You can get the latest information on the tuition (the cost of courses) and fees by visiting the Cost Calculator
How do I apply for financial aid?
To apply for all forms of financial aid (including the Federal Stafford Loan and Federal Work-Study), you must complete the FAFSA, which can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
. Check out the Financial Aid Information
page in the Wizard for complete instructions.
Can I lose my financial aid if I do not do well in my classes?
Yes, you can. You can also lose your financial aid if you withdraw from classes often. You must meet the college's standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to maintain your financial aid eligibility. Information regarding these standards is included with all initial financial aid award letters. These standards are also described on the college's website.
When you apply for financial aid and after each semester ends, you will be reviewed to determine if you have met SAP. If you do not meet the standards, you will be sent a notification letter. When financial aid eligibility is lost due to SAP, a student can pay for courses from out-of-pocket funds until the deficiency is corrected. Aid can be reinstated for the following semester, assuming all other criteria have been met.
How can I purchase my books and supplies with my financial aid?
At most Community Colleges you can charge your books and supplies at the College Bookstore if you have excess financial aid after tuition and fees are deducted. You will need a copy of your class schedule, your student ID number (i.e. EMPLID), and a valid form of identification.
How do I apply for financial aid for the summer semester?
The summer semester is handled very differently than the fall and spring semesters. Check with your College's Financial Aid office or website to apply for financial aid for the summer semester.
How do I apply for scholarships?
Most Virginia Community Colleges offer a Foundation Scholarship Program, which is administered by the college directly. More information regarding local scholarships, including a tool that will help you find scholarships that are just right for you, is available in the Scholarships section
of the Wizard. Once you've found the right scholarships for you, you can add it to your profile or apply for it.
If my or my family's current year income will be drastically lower than last year's income (i.e., the year I reported on the FAFSA), what do I do?
If your family experienced reduced income in the previous year, contact the College's financial aid office to request a form to explain your special circumstances. Complete and submit the form, along with appropriate documentation, to the Financial Aid Office for consideration. Often projected year income can be considered. These considerations are made at the student's request and on a case by case basis.
What if I am not eligible for any federal/state grants or work-study?
If the college you plan to attend participates in the Federal Stafford Loan Program, you will be awarded a Federal Stafford Loan or provided with the option to apply for one.