Grants are need based and do not require repayment.
The Pell Grant is a federal grant entitlement program, which means that the federal government will pay all applicants who meet all program eligibility criteria. In some cases, an eligible student may receive a Pell Grant if enrolled for less than 6 credits.
The SEOG is a federal grant program that is awarded to the "most needy" students. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients and students with a low family contribution. There are very limited SEOG funds, and students should have met the March 15 priority application filing date to ensure consideration. The maximum SEOG will generally be $400 per award year. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits hours a semester.
Commonwealth Award (COMA) Grant
The COMA is a state grant ranging from $200 to $2,400 a year and is dependent on the student's remaining need. Students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits hours a semester.
Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) Grant
The VGAP is state-funded. For consideration, students must be: first-time freshmen, enrolled full-time, dependent, high school graduates with high school GPA of at least a 2.5, Virginia residents with demonstrated financial need. The VGAP ranges from approximately $1,000 to $2,900 a year. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for their VGAP award each semester and must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours each academic year to remain eligible for consideration during the next academic year. Students must contact the financial aid office and provide an official high school transcript to apply.
Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP) Grant
The PTAP is a state grant based on need and awarded to eligible students who are enrolled for 1 to 8 credits a semester. Grant awards are for up to the tuition amount only.