Student Financial Services Financial Aid
Information For: Prospective Students Current Undergraduates Graduate Students Parents
The University of Virginia expects all eligible students to apply for state financial aid programs in Virginia and, for out-of-state residents, in their home states. Information about various state programs, eligibility, and application requirements is available from individual states. A listing of all state agencies can be found on the FAFSA form. Sources for free scholarship searches and additional scholarship information can be found below.

Scholarship Searches

Need-based Scholarships & Grants

State Grants and Scholarships

UVA ROTC Programs

Need-Based Scholarships & Grants

Federal grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. The University also offers a number of privately endowed need-based scholarships and grant funds.

Federal Grant Programs for Undergraduate Students

The Federal Pell Grant is financial aid based on financial need. It does not have to be repaid. It is federally funded and is considered the foundation of financial aid packages. Pell Grant awards are based on the EFC (expected family contribution), as calculated by the FAFSA formula and after the verification process is completed.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is financial aid based on financial need. It does not have to be repaid. It is federally funded and administered by Student Financial Services. SEOGs are awarded to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need, and preference is given to students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Annual SEOG awards range from $200 to $4,000 a year.

University Grants & Scholarships
The University offers a number of privately endowed need-based scholarship and grant funds administered by Student Financial Services. Most of these awards were established by individuals or foundations and are intended for students who meet specific criteria.

To qualify for any University endowed or restricted scholarships, students must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, have financial need, and meet all federal and University eligibility requirements. In most instances, students do not need to complete a separate application form but are considered automatically.

Many scholarship awards offered to students are funded by the generous gifts of University benefactors. In addition to financial need and/or academic achievement, a number of scholarships have specific donor requirements that are not easily identifiable. Students awarded a named scholarship will receive written notification of their selection.

V. Thomas Forehand, Jr. Scholarship: For an undergraduate student from the city of Chesapeake, who attended Oscar F. Smith High School, Norfolk Academy, or Nansemond-Suffolk Academy.

Kaprielian Memorial Scholarship: For students who are U.S. citizens or registered permanent residents of Armenian descent and who demonstrate financial need.

Non Need-Based Scholarships & Grants

Bayly-Tiffany Scholarship: For students who are residents of Accomack or Northampton counties in Virginia.

John Allen Love Scholarship: For a deserving undergraduate or graduate student whose home is Missouri. Preference shall be given to applicants who reside in St. Louis or St. Louis County, with first preference to those residing in St. Louis County, and also to those who are enrolled in courses in the Department of Government and Foreign Affairs.

Margaret E. Phillips Scholarship: For deserving students who shall be preparing for and who propose to become ministers of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America.

Skinner Scholarship: In his will of 1877, James H. Skinner created a fund to provide scholarships for University of Virginia students who intend "to become Ministers of the Protestant Episcopal Church." The Rector of St. Paul's Memorial Church, who nominates the recipients to the University Committee on Scholarships, understands "Ministers" to include not just those in the ordained ministry but also those who, through teaching or other forms of service, support the work of the Church. Students may apply on-line. Applicants should demonstrate their commitment to The Episcopal Church and make clear how their vocational plans will serve as part of its ministry. For more information contact the Rev. Jim Richardson at or call 434-295-2156.

Stephanie Jean-Charles Global Community Service Scholarship

Charles Fred Wonson Scholarship: For students who are graduates of Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia.

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available from various offices and departments throughout the University. Students should contact individual schools, departments, and offices for more information.

State Grants & Scholarships

In-State Virginia
State financial aid grants and scholarships are funded by the Virginia General Assembly and are administered by Student Financial Services at the University. To be considered for the following state programs, students must meet all State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) requirements.

College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP): Awards range from $400 to $2,000 per academic year. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients. Also, the EFC cannot exceed one-half the cost of attendance for the current academic year.

Virginia Commonwealth Awards: Award amount is up to $3,000 per academic year. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients.

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.

Outside Virginia

DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program: The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DC TAG) is available to students who are residents of Washington, DC, enrolled in participating colleges throughout the United States. The program pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition up to $10,000 per academic year, with an aggregate total of $50,000 per student. Eligible DC students who attend the University of Virginia may receive up to $10,000 per academic year. The amount of the DC TAG is not based on financial need. However, in some cases, other assistance students receive may be considered in determining the actual amount of the DC TAG award. Additional information about the application process and eligibility requirements is available on the DC TAG web site.

UVA ROTC Programs

Please use the links below to learn more about the ROTC programs available at the University of Virginia.

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Students should not overlook scholarships offered by non-institutional sources. Be sure to search scholarship opportunities offered by corporations, labor unions, and organizations affiliated with certain career fields. There are also foundations, fraternities and sororities, and town and city clubs, as well as community and civic groups such as Elks, Kiwanis, Jaycees, and Boy or Girl Scouts.

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