State and Federal Aid Programs Chart

The chart below is meant to be a brief overview of state and federal aid programs available to students. More information is also available about grants, loans, and work-study employment.

Program Aid Type & Disbursement Method Dollar Range Level of Study Eligibility Requirements in Addition to FAFSA
Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized & Unsubsidized) Loan disbursed as an electronic transfer or check to the student's college account to help pay the student bill Up to $3,500 for first-year dependent students
Up to $7,500 for first-year independent students
Up to $4,500 for second-year dependent students
Up to $8,500 for second-year independent students AND by permission of the Financial Aid Office
Any 2.0 Cumulative GPA  
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
(FPLUS)
Loan disbursed on behalf of the parent as an electronic transfer or check to the student’s college account to help pay the student bill Cost of
attendance,
less other financial aid
Undergraduate Parents of undergraduate dependent* students with remaining need
Federal Pell Grant
(PELL)
Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student's college account to help pay the student bill

 

$261 to $5,350 First degree,
undergraduate
Eligibility reported on Student Aid Report
Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant
(FSEOG)
Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student's
college account to help pay the student bill

 

$500 to $2,000 First degree,
undergraduate
Ranked and selected Pell eligible students with need-based eligibility
College Scholarship Assistance Program
(CSAP)
Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student's college account to help pay the student bill $400 to $1,000 to be used for tuition, fees, and books only First degree, Ranked and selected
Virginia residents
with need-based eligibility
Commonwealth Award (COMA) Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student's college account to help pay the student bill $100 to $1,000 to be used for tuition and fees only First degree,
undergraduate
Ranked and selected Virginia residents with need-based eligibility
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program
(VGAP)
Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student's college account to help pay the student bill $250 to $1,500 to be used for tuition, fees, and books only

 

First degree,
undergraduate
Full-time ranked and selected Virginia residents with
need-based eligibility and a graduating high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher.  VGAP also has renewal requirements*.
Federal Work-Study
(FWS)
Work* with money disbursed weekly by paycheck based on an hourly rate of pay and approved hours worked $500 to $3,500 Undergraduate Ranked and selected students with need-based eligibility.
Employment not guaranteed.
Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP) Grant disbursed as direct credit to the student’s college account to help pay the student bill

 

Tuition and fees only First degree, undergraduate Selected Virginia residents with need- based eligibility enrolled in 1-6 credits

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student’s college account to help pay the student bill

$750 - $1,300 First- or second-year undergraduate Eligibility reported on Student Aid Report
Higher Education Teacher Assistance Program (HETAP) Grant disbursed as a direct credit to the student’s college account to help pay the student bill

 

$500 - $1,000 First degree, undergraduate Full-time ranked and selected Virginia residents with need-based eligibility enrolled in an eligible K-12 teacher preparation program
VCCS Tuition Grant Program

Grant disbursed as direct credit to the student’s college account to help pay the student bill

Tuition and fees only First degree, undergraduate Selected Virginia residents with need- based eligibility enrolled in 1-6 credits

*Definitions of dependent and independent students are established by the federal government. Dependent students are generally: under 24 years of age, not married, not graduate students, not veterans or active duty military members, and not orphans or wards of the court.  Dependent students also typically do not have dependents themselves. 

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