To maximize your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships, complete your application for admission by the deadline; the FAFSA by January 15; and the General Scholarship application by February 15.
When you “apply” to Virginia Tech, chances are that you will fill out more than just the application for admission. There are other applications processes you will need to complete such as financial aid and scholarship applications. In addition, many students choose to apply for other Virginia Tech opportunities such as Summer Academy, University Honors, and living-learning communities. The information below will help you learn more about each of these application processes.
Applying for admission to Virginia Tech is a multi-step process:
- Step 1. Decide which application process you will follow – Early Decision or Regular Decision.
- Early Decision is the binding application process for students who are 100% certain that Virginia Tech is the college for them. Learn more about Virginia Tech's Early Decision process. You can apply Early Decision by (1) submitting your application by November 1 and (2) signing the Early Decision statement on the application.
- Regular Decision is the non-binding application process for students who are still exploring their college options.
- Step 2. Complete the online application for admission.
- Step 3. Request your supporting documents (including transcript and SAT/ACT test scores) to be sent to Virginia Tech's Office of Admissions no later than 1-2 weeks after the application deadline (November 1 for Early Decision; January 15 for Regular Decision). View the complete application checklist.
- Step 4. Check your application status to ensure that we've received your transcript and SAT/ACT test scores. You must set up your Guest Account to check your application status and view your admission decision online.
- Step 5. View your admission decision on your Guest Account.
- Students who apply Early Decision can view their admission decision no later than December 15.
- Students who apply Regular Decision can view their admission decision no later than April 1.
- Step 6. If Virginia Tech is your college of choice, accept your offer of admission by submitting your $400 matriculation fee no later than May 1.
We know the financial aid process may seem overwhelming, but applying for financial aid and scholarships is an important step in the college enrollment process. A college education is a significant investment, and every financial aid award and scholarship you receive will decrease you and your family's out-of-pocket costs.
To be considered for federal financial aid and grants, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Virginia Tech's Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid offers resources for completing the financial aid process, including tips for completing the FAFSA.
In addition to the FAFSA, you should complete each college's unique financial aid processes and applications. Learn more about Virginia Tech's scholarship application process by reviewing the Prospective Freshman Scholarship Process Overview.
- General scholarships – To be considered for Virginia Tech's General Scholarships, you should complete the General Scholarship Application.
- Departmental (academic) scholarships – Some academic departments offer scholarship opportunities for new/incoming students. After you decide on your academic major, visit that academic department's website to find information about academic scholarships.
In addition to any federal financial aid you qualify for and scholarships you receive from colleges, you should research and apply for outside scholarships. Here are some sources you should explore:
- School Counseling Office – Your school counseling office is often the best source of information for local scholarships.
- Regional sources – Many colleges have alumni chapters in different geographic regions, and sometimes these alumni chapters offer scholarship opportunities for students in that particular area. For example, Virginia Tech has an active alumni chapter in Baltimore, and they give a $1000 scholarship to a future VT freshman from their local area.
- National scholarship websites – Websites such as www.fastweb.com and www.scholarship.com allow students to search for different types of scholarships offered through various companies and organizations.
Maybe the most important part of completing financial aid and scholarship applications is meeting deadlines:
You do not have to wait for an admissions decision before starting to apply for Financial Aid. To apply for financial aid at Virginia Tech follow the steps below:
- Obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) Complete the FAFSA online by the priority deadline – January 15
- Complete the General Scholarship Application by the priority deadline – February 15
- Research other Scholarship Opportunities If you miss the January 15 Priority Deadline, you may still complete the FAFSA, but you will only be eligible for Stafford Loans and Pell Grant.
Mark your calendars! The FAFSA application process for the 2016-2017 Academic Year begins January 1, 2016. The last day you may complete the 2015-16 FAFSA is June 30, 2016.
More steps in Applying for Financial Aid
Virginia Tech Summer Academy is a six-week summer program designed to ease students' academic and social transitions from high school to Virginia Tech.
- Students participating in Summer Academy enroll in two courses during Summer II session and become familiar with university expectations. Summer Academy combines popular courses with peer mentoring and academic networking to promote a strong foundational start at Virginia Tech.
- New student programs such as New Student Orientation and Hokie Camp are built right into Summer Academy and help new students transition to social life at Virginia Tech.
To learn more about Summer Academy, check out the program's “About” page (be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and watch the Q&A Session)! You can also view the 2015 Summer Academy Brochure.
Have you enjoyed taking challenging courses at your high school? Are you looking for that same academic challenge in college? If so, you may want to apply to Virginia Tech's Honors College. University Honors offers students lots of benefits including:
- Honors College Scholarships – The Honors College program offers prospective students an opportunity to apply for several Recruitment Scholarships.
- Honors College Living-Learning Communities – There are two Honors College living-learning communities: Hillcrest and Honors Residential Commons.
For more information on applying to the Honors College, visit http://www.honorscollege.vt.edu/admissions.html
Living-learning communities are groups of students who share a common interest and live together in the residence halls. Joining a living-learning community means that you will already have an established community on campus, even as a freshman student moving onto campus for the first time! Research shows that students who live in living-learning communities have higher cumulative grade point averages and increased interaction with faculty.
Virginia Tech offers four types of living-learning communities – academic major learning communities, enhanced-learning communities, residential colleges, and themed housing. Explore the 14 different living-learning communities at Virginia Tech and choose the best fit for you. Visit our Housing and Residence Life webpage to learn about the application process. Applications for living-learning communities typically become available in December. The priority deadline for applying is May 1, and some communities accept applications as late as July.