Types of Aid Available
- FEDERAL PELL:
The Pell Grant is a federal grant entitlement program, which means that the federal government will pay all applicants who meet all program eligibility criteria. In some cases, an eligible student may receive a Pell Grant if enrolled for less than 6 credits.
- FEDERAL SEOG:
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is a federal grant program that is awarded to the "most needy" students. Preference is given to Pell Grant recipients and students with a low family contribution. There are limited SEOG funds and students should have met the March 15 priority application deadline to ensure consideration. The maximum SEOG will be $400 per award year.
- FEDERAL CWSP:
The Federal Work-Study Program (FCWSP) is an award from federal and state funds that allows a student to earn money to meet educational expenses. A student must have a financial need to be awarded work-study. A work-study award does not guarantee a job, as the placement of a student into a job will be based upon the available jobs and the student's qualifications to meet the requirements for these available jobs. Work-study employees are usually assigned an average of 15 hours of work per week, and determine with their supervisors a mutually agreeable work schedule. The current wage rate is $7.50 an hour. New employees will have a work-study orientation session explaining the student's rights and responsibilities as well as payment procedures. All new work-study employees will need to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form and provide their driver's license and social security card or other acceptable identification before they may begin working.
The College Scholarship Assistance Program (CSAP) Grant is a state grant program. Preference is given to students with exceptional need. Recipients must be domiciled in Virginia. CSAP awards will range from $400 to $1,100 per award year.
- COMA GRANT:
The Commonwealth Award (COMA) Grant is a state grant. These grants range from $200 to $1,400 a year, and are dependent on the student�s remaining need.
- VGAP GRANT:
The VGAP Grant is state-funded program. In order to be considered, a student must be: a first-time freshman, a dependent, a high school graduate with a high school GPA of at least a 2.5, a Virginia resident, and demonstrate financial need. Recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student to qualify. The VGAP Grant will range between $1,000 to $1,900 for the 2005-2006 award year. Recipients must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for their VGAP award each semester and must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours each academic year to remain eligible for consideration during the next academic year.
- PTAP GRANT:
The Part-time Tuition Assistance Program Grant is a state program. These grants are based on need and are awarded to eligible students who are enrolled for 2 to 8 credits a semester. These grant awards are for the tuition amount only, and students are responsible for their own Activity Fee.