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 Teaching Scholarship Loan Program: Award amount is up to $10,000 per academic year. The School of Education and Human Development nominates up to three teacher education students meeting state-specified criteria. The Virginia Department of Education selects finalists for the grant awards. Students are obligated to teach in one of the public schools designated in critical teacher shortage areas in Virginia. Repayment is required if the recipient fails to teach in Virginia. The School of Education and Human Development reaches out to eligible students each summer to solicit applications.

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 students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The goals of the program are to increase academic performance and college preparation; increase the number of students in rigorous courses; increase knowledge of college and financial aid among students and their families; improve college readiness rates; and increase college enrollment rates of program participants.

Gear Up Virginia participants may receive a scholarship of up to $5,000 ($2,500 per term) for the academic year. Funds may be used to help pay for educational-related expenses (e.g., tuition, fees, room, board, etc.) within the student's cost of attendance. Gear Up awards combined with other aid cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance (COA). Please visit the SCHEV Gear Up webpage for parents and students for more information.

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. Interested students should provide a copy of their final Official transcript, showing that the degree has been conferred, directly to Student Financial Services, not to UVA Admission. Applicants should know that review or eligibility does not begin until after the fall drop/add period, so transfer grant funds will not be applied to the account until after the semester has begun. More detailed information can be found by following this link to the Transfer Grant Program.