Financial Aid

State Grants

A grant is financial aid for which neither work nor repayment is required. Virginia Western Community College participates in several need-based federal- and state- funded grant programs.

In addition to financial need, a student must also satisfy numerous other eligibility criteria. The type(s) and amount(s) of financial aid are also influenced by the student's enrollment status. The following is a list of state-funded grant programs available at VWCC.

Virginia Commonwealth Grant (COMA)

COMA is a state-funded program under which domiciliary recipients of Virginia can receive support up to the full amount of their tuition expense. This grant covers tuition and fees only. You must be registered for six or more credits to be eligible for COMA. If you are less than six credit hours, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 857-7331 to replace the grant with another grant called PTAP (see below), if funds are available.

Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP)

PTAP is a state-funded program under which domiciliary residents of Virginia can receive tuition support from 1- 8 credits hours. The full amount covers tuition and fees only. If your total tuition and fees are LESS than the award shown, your actual award will be adjusted after the drop/add period of classes. If you are more than 8 credit hours, please contact the Financial Aid personnel at 857-7331 and they will award you the COMA grant (see above), if funds are available.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

VGAP is for first time freshmen.  Money may cover tuition and some book allowance.  To qualify, a student must be a dependent applicant, must be enrolled on a full-time basis, and must demonstrate a high school grade point average of at least 2.50. A recipient who maintains full-time status throughout the year and attains a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 GPA can receive a renewal award for the second year of study.   

Renewal requirements are:

  • Completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and demonstration of financial need
  • Continued enrollment in an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Continued domiciliary residency in Virginia
  • Academic achievement of at least 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Full-time status (at least 12 hours) throughout each semester of the academic year
  • Continuous enrollment (not counting summer sessions)
  • Remain a dependent student according to current federal regulations

Virginia Community College Scholarship (VCCS)

VCCS is a state-funded program under which domiciliary residents of Virginia may receive tuition support and book allowance if funds are available.

Foster Care Tuition Grant Program

The Foster Grant provides tuition and fee support to students who were in foster care, in the custody of the Department of Social Services, or considered a special needs adoption at the time of high school graduation or completion of a GED.  To qualify a student must:

  • be a domiciliary resident of Virginia
  • be enrolled at least half time (6-8 credits)
  • be in an academic program of at least one academic year in length
  • complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • have not been previously enrolled full time in a postsecondary institution for more than five years
  • demonstrate financial need
  • not have a prior Bachelor's degree. 

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