Affording UVA
Exceptional Education, Affordable to All

When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819, he envisioned an institution where value was ascribed not on the basis of wealth or status, but on the power of virtue and talent. Inspired by Jefferson’s ideals of an inclusive community of citizen scholars, today we strive to make higher education affordable with robust financial aid.

UVA is committed to educating the nation’s best and brightest students—regardless of their ability to pay and is one of only two public universities meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all students. Our mission is to make a UVA education more accessible to all.

Our Commitment
  • If a student has the grades, we can help them pursue their dreams at UVA. Students are offered admission based on intellectual ability, academic achievement and personal qualities, regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay
  • We meet 100% of financial need. UVA will meet the demonstrated financial need for all students, both in- and out-of-state, through a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and low-interest loans
  • Manageable loans. UVA is committed to limiting need-based loans for students with financial need, which means students graduate with less debt. For more information, visit Student Financial Services at UVA 
“At first I didn't think that UVA was within reach, but there were a lot of different resources and people that helped me.”
–Casey Balamut, Undergraduate Student
Qualifying for Financial Aid
Every application for Financial Aid begins with completing the CSS/PROFILE and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To be considered for aid, students must: 
  1. Submit an admission application to UVA by January 1 (remember, applications are evaluated without any connection to the applicant's ability to pay)
  2. File the CSS/PROFILE and FAFSA NO LATER than March 1
  3. Applications are reviewed based upon the date the application is considered complete. For more information, visit Student Financial Aid