Before you apply: Before you apply for financial aid, you should apply for admission to VWCC as a degree/certificate student.

1. Complete the FAFSA

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as you can. To make sure your financial aid award is posted before the first tuition payment due date you should submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the priority deadline (see below). This application needs to be completed each year. There are 3 ways to apply:

FAFSA Video Tutorials

Priority Deadlines

If you are going to apply for financial aid, the priority deadline for application materials is based on your start term:

Semester Attending VWCCPriority Date
Summer 2021April 1, 2021
Fall 2021July 1, 2021
Spring 2022October 31, 2021

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) can be submitted as early as October 1 of the year prior to the year you wish to begin college. Please submit your FAFSA as early as possible and begin checking your Virginia Western email on a regular basis for communication from the Financial Aid Office.  The Financial Aid Office will begin sending emails to financial aid applicants in December.  Please be sure to select the correct aid year for the FAFSA you are submitting.  The aid year is the same as the academic year during which you will be attending Virginia Western and runs fall semester to summer semester.

Students who have submitted all material required by the Financial Aid Office by the priority date will have their financial aid package by the tuition deadline.  Students may apply for financial aid after the priority deadline for an upcoming semester. Material received after the deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. Check Your VWCC Email Often

Important information and instructions will be delivered to you via your VWCC email account.

3. Respond to Financial Aid Requests for Additional Information

Respond to any financial aid requests you receive from VWCC. Be sure to complete and submit any additional requested materials as soon as you can. Click here for instructions for how to check your Financial Aid To-Do List in SIS.

4. Report Scholarships

Notify the Financial Aid Office of all scholarships received by submitting the Scholarship Information Form (PDF). Additional scholarships and awards require recalculation of your financial aid eligibility, which may result in a reduction of previously-awarded financial aid.

5. Register for Classes

Register for your classes. Click here for the class schedule.

6. Pay for Classes

Log into MyVWCC and check your account balance and your pending financial aid award. If your financial aid award is less than your total account balance, pay your balance by the due date. Check here for payment due dates.