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Financial Aid Programs for Graduate Students

(For factsheets or program descriptions click on the program of interest below.)

Non-Need/Non-Merit Based Graduate Financial Aid

ProgramParticipating CollegesResidency RequirementEligibilityAward AmountApplication Contact
Academic Common Market - Attending Non-Virginia InstitutionParticipating SREB Member Public InstitutionsVirginia Residents OnlyEligible Degree Programs OnlyIn-State Tuition Rate of Host State is ChargedState Council of Higher Education
Academic Common Market - Attending Virginia InstitutionParticipating Virginia Public InstitutionsNon Virginia Residents OnlyResidency in SREB State, Eligible Degree Programs OnlyIn-State Tuition Rate is ChargedHome State ACM Coordinator or visit
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship ProgramEligible Virginia InstitutionsVirginia Residents OnlyPersons directly affected by Virginia public school closings of 1954 - 1964 (see application for details)Scholarship amount is based on tuition and fees and an allowance for books/suppliesThe application deadline for 2015-16 is March 1, 2015.
Optometry Grant Loan ProgramU.S. colleges and universities fully accredited by the American Optometric Association, Accreditation Council on Optometric Education Virginia Residents Only Virginia domicile, enroll full-time in an approved Optometry program at a qualified institution, post graduate work agreement (2 yrs of service in Virginia for each 1 yr of grant) $5,000 per year Optometry Grant Loan Program Application and Promissory Note Applications are considered in the order received with final awards made annually in June.
Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education ProgramVirginia Public InstitutionsVirginia Residency for Veteran Dependent or Spouse of Veteran MIA, POW, killed, or 90% Disabled in War-Time ServiceWaiver of Tuition and Required Fees; annual stipend based on available funds - $1,800 maximumDept. of Veterans Services (804) 225-2083
Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAG)Participating Virginia Private InstitutionsVirginia Residents OnlyFull-Time Enrollment in a health related professional program (51 series CIP code)Maximum 2014-15 Annual Award Graduate= approx. $1,550Institution Financial Aid Office or fill out form

Need Based Graduate Financial Aid

ProgramParticipating CollegesResidency RequirementEligibilityAward AmountApplication Contact
Senior Citizens Tuition WaiverVirginia Public InstitutionsVirginia Residents OnlyAge 60+ & Income LimitationsWaiver of Tuition and Required FeesInstitution Admissions Office

Need and Merit Based Graduate Financial Aid

ProgramParticipating CollegesResidency RequirementEligibilityAward AmountApplication Contact
Virginia Graduate Commonwealth AwardVirginia Public 4-Year InstitutionsVariesFull-time enrollment and otherVariesInstitution Financial Aid Office

Merit Based Graduate Financial Aid

ProgramParticipating CollegesResidency RequirementEligibilityAward AmountApplication Contact
Stephen J. Wright Scholars Program - SREB Doctoral Scholars Virginia Institutions Virginia Residents Application and selection process Varies by year, includes tuition and a stipend SREB
Virginia Army National Guard Tuition Assistance ProgramParticipating Virginia InstitutionsNot RestrictedContact the Va. National GuardVaries, up to full tuitionDept. of Military Affairs (434) 298-6220
Virginia Space Grant ConsortiumParticipating VSGC Institutions OnlyNot RestrictedEnroll into a STEM degree program: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and show interest in aerospace related careerUndergraduate varies: $1,000 to $8,500 Graduate: $5,000 FellowshipVirginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Teacher Scholarship/Loan ProgramParticipating Virginia InstitutionsNot RestrictedMin. 2.7 GPA, Teacher Shortage Area, Merit, & Post Grad Work AgreementUp to $10,000Director of Education Program at Institution

  • Application deadlines for the Graduate programs listed above will vary and the eligibility requirements listed are not all inclusive. Please see the program Factsheets or contact your institution's financial aid office or the agency listed under "Application Contact" for additional information.
  • All need-based financial aid programs listed above require, at a minimum, the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Individual colleges and universities may require the completion of an additional institutional form.