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    Financial Assistance Programs

    Certain programs have limited funding so there are more students eligible than there are funds available. As a result, these funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Students should file their FAFSA as early as possible and reply to requests for information promptly to ensure consideration for this type of funding.

    Students should apply for aid even if they missed the priority filing date because they may still qualify for the Federal Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loans. If students have not applied in a timely manner, they may want to participate in the Installment Payment Plan.

    • Grants - Need-based awards that are not repaid.
    • Scholarships - Awards, usually merit-based, that don't need to be repaid.
    • Federal Work-Study - Opportunities to earn money through work.
    • Loans - Money borrowed that must be repaid.
    • Veteran's Benefits - Benefits for those who've served in the military, reserves or National Guard (spouses & dependents may be eligible).
    • Other Veteran's Aid - For treatment of Veterans and Americorps benefits in determining other financial aid.
    • Installment Payment Plan - 4 month payment plan for the fall and spring semesters.
    Title IV Refund

    Students who receive a Federal Title IV Grant or loan assistance and withdraw from VCU before completing 60% of the semester must have their eligibility recalculated based on the Federal Return of Title IV Funds formula.

    This formula recalculates a student's eligibility based on the aid the student has "earned" (number of days enrolled/attended prior to withdrawal). Any unearned aid must be returned to the appropriate Title IV program(s) and the students must pay all or a portion of the funds that were disbursed to their accounts. They also may be responsible for all or a portion of the charges that were previously paid by financial aid.

    If a student does not officially withdraw from all classes but fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course, federal aid regulations require that we assume the student has “unofficially withdrawn,” unless it can be documented that the student completed the enrollment period. Unofficial withdrawals require a Title IV refund calculation at the midpoint of the enrollment period.

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    Financial Aid TV

    Not sure where to begin your Financial Aid journey? Click here to visit the VCU Financial Aid TV site where short video clips provide general information to help you navigate the financial aid process.

    New FSA ID to replace Federal Student Aid PIN effective April 26, 2015

    New PLUS Loan Entrance Counseling Requirement effective March 29, 2015

    March 1, 2015 is the FAFSA Priority Filing Date for the 2015-2016 academic year. Filing the FAFSA on the web at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ is faster and more accurate than filing a paper application. You and your parent(s) must obtain a federal pin number at http://www.pin.ed.gov/ prior to completing the FAFSA.

    Financial Aid Mission Statement

    The Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to assist students and their families, so that any qualified student who desires to pursue an education at VCU may do so without the hindrance of financial barriers. We support enrollment and retention by identifying resources and educating parents and students so that they may make sound financial decisions. 
    In responding to the diverse and changing needs of the university community, a spirit of cooperation, innovation and fairness will be maintained. The Office of Financial Aid at VCU is committed to:

    • Providing exemplary service in the most effective and efficient way possible to support the needs of our students and university community;
    • Delivering funds in a timely and equitable manner; and
    • Acting with fiscal responsibility and following federal, state and institutional policies and regulations in the administration of student financial aid.

    All staff of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University adhere to the Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct‌ of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 

    The Office of Financial Aid is a service organization supporting Virginia Commonwealth University's enrollment and retention goals by identifying and obtaining resources for students to pursue their educational goals; delivering funds in a timely and equitable manner; and educating students, their families and the VCU community to make informed financial decisions. Each year, more than $270 million in student aid is disbursed to more than 18,000 students.

    Financial Aid

    Harris Hall
    1015 Floyd Ave., 1st Floor
    P.O. Box 843026
    Richmond, VA 23284

    Phone: (804) 828-6669
    Email: Follow this link for email contacts

    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.