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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Securing financial support is a critical piece of your successful transition to Virginia Tech. Options to consider include:

  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grants
  • Students and Parent Loans
  • Scholarships
  • Student Employment

Federal Financial Aid

Virginia Tech awards financial aid to eligible students in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment (federal work-study). The majority of financial aid is intended for full-time students with financial need.

All offers of financial aid are contingent upon receipt of anticipated federal and state funds by the university. Awards may be reduced or canceled if anticipated funds are not received. Offers of financial aid are subject to full-time enrollment and the student meeting the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements. For detailed information, and for the application process, please visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.

It is recommended that all transfer applicants complete and file a FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Virginia Tech. Applications open October 1 and March 1 is the priority deadline. The institutional school code number 003754, must be listed on the FAFSA for the FAFSA report to be sent to Virginia Tech. 

Do not wait until you have received a decision on your admission’s application since FAFSA’s received after the priority deadline may not be eligible for Virginia state or institutional grants or federal work study

The priority deadline applies to all financial aid programs except the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Student, Federal Direct Grad PLUS and Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan Programs.

Students must complete and submit a new FAFSA each year.

Federal Work Study Program

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federal program which provides the main part of the salary for certain employment opportunities on or off-campus. These FWS positions may include positions with various departments and colleges or off-campus employment with approved employers and non-profit organizations. The FWS aid is awarded to students, based on their eligibility and financial need and will provide a salary to pay for tuition and other expenses through college. It is not a grant as you have to work for it, and it is not a loan as you do not have to pay it back.

Salary earned through FWS does not count towards your Earned Family Contributions when you do a FAFSA for the following year.

Eligible students must have submitted a FAFSA  with a “Yes” to the FAFSA question and  be enrolled in at least half-time per semester (6 credits undergraduate, 5 credits graduate) to work in an FWS position.

Students use the job search tool Handshake to search and apply for FWS positions. Log into Handshake.

For more information visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.


The Two-Year College Transfer Grant is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to provide financial assistance to students who receive an associate's degree at a Virginia 2-year public institution. For more information visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Grants are awarded exclusively on financial need. These are considered gift aid and unlike loans, grants do not have to be repaid. By filing your FAFSA within the priority deadline of March 1, your eligibility for any grants through Virginia Tech will be assessed. You will be notified with your Financial Aid Award package if you are eligible to receive any grants .Virginia Tech offers several types of grants through the Federal Government, the State Government, as well as other organizations. For more information visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Student and Parent Loans

Loans must be repaid. A college education is an important investment in your future and loans are available to help to pay for the cost, however be careful how much you borrow.

For more information visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.


Scholarships are another type of gift aid,  that will not have to be repaid. Through the FAFSA application you will automatically be considered for certain types of scholarships.

Virginia Tech offers various scholarships but please do not wait for an offer of admissions before applying for scholarships. In order to be considered for general institutional and departmental scholarships and grants Virginia Tech requires students to submit both the General Scholarship Application through Scholarship Central and the FAFSA.

For priority consideration of the 2022-2023 scholarships, both the FAFSA and General Scholarship Application need to be completed by January 22, 2022. For more information visit Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Undergraduate Scholar Program

The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) welcomes applicants from new transfers to join our Undergraduate Scholar Program (UGS). MAOP provides financial assistance to undergraduates from Virginia who demonstrate a commitment to academic and community stewardship. The UGS offers awards ranging from $750.00 to $1,500.00 depending on need determined by FAFSA. Students will have the opportunity to attend personal and academic growth seminars designed to help understand their role in the greater community, expand appreciation for multiculturalism and achieve academic goals.

Being a part of the MAOP family means getting connected and supported 1:1 by MAOP staff and being in community with other exemplary students. Applications for 2021-22 will open July 1st and close August 2nd. Please be prepared with your unofficial transcripts from a previous institution.

Student Employment

Virginia Tech offers general student wage employment opportunities that are not federal work study positions. For general student employment opportunities you can visit student employment.

Still have questions?

For additional questions regarding funding your Virginia Tech experience, please contact the:

Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid
Student Services Building Suite 200
800 Washington St SW, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 540-231-5179
Fax: 540-231-9139