Types of aid

Each year, more than $270 million in financial aid is disbursed to approximately 18,000 students at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Aid is available through federal, state, university and private resources, and includes:


Grants are need-based federal and state awards that do not require repayment.


Scholarships are awarded based on factors such as need, academic achievement, service and talent.

Federal Work-Study Program

Federal Work-Study is a need-based program that allows students to earn money for school through part-time employment.


Loans are borrowed to supplement personal and family resources and other forms of financial aid. They accrue interest and must be repaid.

Veterans benefits

Veterans and their qualified dependents may be eligible for education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

AmeriCorps benefits

AmeriCorps helps students earn money for education through volunteer service with nonprofit groups.

Aid for education abroad

Federal financial aid, scholarships and more can be used to pay for study abroad programs.

Budgeting for college

Understand the cost of attending VCU and establish a budget for a sound financial future.


Financial aid glossary

Financial aid terms, from A to Z.