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.
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. Awards will be adjusted based on your credit hours after the drop/add date. 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.
CSAP is a state funded grant which is designed to assist students with exceptional financial need. The recipient’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) cannot exceed half of his or her cost of education. Awards will be adjusted based on your credit hours after the drop/add date. To qualify for an award, a student must be a domiciliary resident of Virginia and must be enrolled in at least 6 credits. The recipient cannot previously have received a baccalaureate degree. This grant covers tuition, fees, and books.
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.
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.
VCCS is a state-funded program under which domiciliary residents of Virginia may receive tuition support and book allowance if funds are available.
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:
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