Nov 2, 2009

Free Tuition Money for Virginia Residents

Despite a ton of brochures dropped off every fall at virtually every high school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program is probably one of the least recognized “free money” grants around. Neither merit- nor need-based, VA TAG is a little gift from state legislature designed to bring down tuition rates for Virginia residents attending private, nonprofit colleges and universities located within the Commonwealth. Under the terms of the program, students do NOT have to

  • Pay the money back
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • File any kind of financial statement

The exact amount of each academic year’s award is determined by both the amount appropriated by the Virginia General Assembly and the total number of eligible applicants. Until all the numbers are added up, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) generally only provides an estimated amount for applicant planning purposes. This year’s undergraduate grant, however, totaled $3000 for the academic year. Over four years, this translates to about $12,000---free money, no strings attached! Note that graduate students in health professions programs also qualify for tuition assistance grants, which for the 2009-10 academic year amounted to $1300.

Application forms are available from the admissions or financial aid offices of eligible colleges and universities. In order to receive the maximum award, a student must submit a completed application by July 31st of the award year.

Participating Institutions

Appalachian School of Law

GW University (VA campus only)

Marymount University

Averett University

Hampden-Sydney College

Randolph College

Bluefield College

Hampton University

Randolph Macon College

Bridgewater College

Hollins College

Regent University

Christendom College

Institute for Psychological Sciences

Roanoke College

Eastern Mennonite College

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Saint Paul’s College

Eastern VA Medical School

Liberty University

Shenandoah University

VA College of Osteopathic Med

Lynchburg College

Southern VA University

Emory & Henry College

Mary Baldwin College

Sweet Briar College

Ferrum College

University of Richmond

For more information, contact the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at 804.225.2600.

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