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Grants are financial awards that are based on demonstration of financial need and do not have to be paid back.

Available Grants

  • Federal Pell Grant
    The largest federal grant program provides awards from $555 to $5,550.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
    This grant offers $200 to $4,000 to students pursuing a first baccalaureate degree.
  • Commonwealth Grant
    The Commonwealth provides grants to qualified students with financial need who are domiciled residents of Virginia.
  • College Scholarship Assistance Program
    This need-based state program makes grants ranging from $400 - $2,000 available to eligible students.
  • Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program
    This program provides awards up to the cost of tuition and fees to students who graduated from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, are enrolled in a certificate or degree program, and are residents of Virginia.
  • Part-Time Tuition Assistance Grant
    The Virginia Community College System provides tuition grants to qualified students enrolled for 1-6 semester credits.
  • Northern Virginia Community College Tuition Assistance Grant
    This program provides assistance to full- and part-time students enrolled in credit-based courses who meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
  • NOVA Book and Access Grant
    The Northern Virginia Community College Board provides a limited amount of financial support for students who are unable to purchase books during the first week of classes.
  • Virginia Community College System Tuition Grant
    This program covers tuition and fees at any Virginia community college for high school or GED graduates who were in foster care, in custody of a social services agency, or considered as a special-needs adoption at the time of graduation.
  • Virginia Foster Care Grant
     In 2000, legislation passed that created a new grant program. This program will provide tuition and fees at any Virginia community college specifically for high school graduates or general education development (GED) completers who were in foster care, in the custody of a social services agency, or considered a special needs adoption at the time of graduation or completion of the GED.

State Grants/D.C. Residents

  • District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant
    The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program provides awards for eligible students that equal the difference between in- and out-of-state tuition, not to exceed an annual maximum of $2,500 at a community college and a lifetime maximum of $50,000.