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Virginia State Grant Programs

Virginia Commonwealth Awards: Award amount is up to $9,000 per academic year. Preference is given to the neediest applicants who do not qualify for VGAP.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP): Award amount is up to the amount of in-state tuition plus an allowance for books per academic year. Students must have graduated from a Virginia high school, have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and be classified as a dependent student for federal financial aid purposes. Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years provided that students meet all of the following requirements:
- Maintain continuous full-time enrollment
- Maintain Virginia resident status
- Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

Virginia Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program: Basic award amount is $2,000 per academic year. The recipient must enroll or intend to enroll in an eligible K-12 teacher preparation program; have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.5; and be nominated by faculty members in the Curry School of Education.

Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program: Award amount is up to $3,000 per academic year. The Curry School of Education nominates third- and fourth-year students enrolled in a state-approved teacher preparation program who have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA. The Virginia Department of Education selects finalists for the grant awards for up to 100 eligible students. Students are obligated to teach in one of the public schools designated in critical teacher shortage areas in Virginia. For each year of teaching, $2,000 is forgiven of the total award. Repayment is required if the recipient fails to teach in Virginia.

Virginia War Orphans Education Benefits Program: Under this program, a child of either a deceased veteran or a veteran who is totally disabled from wartime service may receive free tuition to attend a Virginia state-supported institution of higher education. Students who believe they qualify for this program should contact the Division of War Veterans Claims at (540) 857-7104.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium: The VSGC awards scholarships to students pursuing higher education at Virginia Space Grant universities (including U.Va.). There are four award programs and interested students should contact VSGC at (757) 766-5210.

Gear Up Virginia Scholarship Program: The GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Virginia Scholarship is a financial aid program available to selected students. The program is designed to work with an entire cohort of students beginning no later than seventh grade to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, students must have applied and met several requirements, including Pell Grant eligibility. Priority is given to students who demonstrated the greatest financial need. Scholarships are renewable depending on available funding, but are not guaranteed. Interested students should contact GEAR UP Virginia at (804) 225-2600.

Tobacco Region Scholarship Program: The Tobacco Region Scholarship Program provides assistance with tuition and academic fees for eligible students who live in one of the Southwest (SW) Virginia localities or Southside (SS) Virginia localities and who are enrolled in a Bachelor's Degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university, whether public or private, in-state or out-of-state.  Interested students should contact the Tobacco Region Scholarship program by email at

Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program: Qualifying students completing their Associate’s Degree at a Virginia two-year public college and then transferring to a participating Virginia four-year college or university may receive a $1,000 College Transfer Grant award. An additional $1000 per year may be awarded to students enrolled in certain engineering, mathematics, nursing, teaching, or science programs. Students are responsible for notifying the University that they may be eligible for the award.  More detailed information can be found by following this link to the Transfer Grant Program .