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Federal Student Grant Programs

Federal Pell Grant

The Pell Grant is a need-based grant that is administered by the Department of Education. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with the highest level of financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor’s degree.

The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula to evaluate financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for determining the student’s expected family contribution (EFC).

Award amounts typically change each award year. For the 2017-18 award year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018), the maximum award is $5,920. The amount awarded will depend on the following:

  • Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) must range from $0 to $5,328 to qualify
  • Your status as a full-time or part-time student
  • Your plans to attend a full academic year or less

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Grant is a need-based grant that provides supplemental funding for Pell Grant recipients who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Funding is limited and is reserved at Christopher Newport for out-of-state students who do not qualify for Virginia state grants. The maximum annual award amount is $4,000.

State Grant Programs

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

VGAP is a state-funded award in which funding is restricted toward paying tuition, fees and books. In order to be eligible for a VGAP award, a student must:

  • Be admitted to a Virginia public two- or four-year college or university
  • A domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia 23–7.4
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution (FAFSA required)
  • Be enrolled full-time in an eligible baccalaureate program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and otherwise eligible for federal financial aid

This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. The actual awards vary by institution and are based on funds available.

A student must be a graduate of a Virginia high school, with a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and must be classified as a dependent student for federal financial aid purposes. A student generally enters the VGAP program as a freshman. Renewal of the VGAP grant is dependent upon several factors, including:

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA each semester
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 hours each semester (full-time completion)
  • Early FAFSA filing
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Continuous full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) from year to year (summer excluded)
  • Advancement to the next grade level each year

As with all other aid programs, audited courses do not count toward full-time enrollment. Participation in the VGAP program is limited to the first four years of attendance (fall/spring enrollment for four consecutive academic years).

If you receive additional tuition based financial assistance, your VGAP award may be reduced or canceled as your award can not exceed your total net cost of tuition, fees and books.

Virginia Commonwealth Award

The Commonwealth Award is a state-funded award in which funding is restricted to paying tuition and fees. In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth Award, a student must

  • Be admitted into a Virginia public two- or four-year college or university
  • A domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia 23–7.4
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the institution (FAFSA required)
  • Be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible baccalaureate program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, and otherwise eligible for federal financial aid.

This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. The actual awards vary by institution and are based on funds available. The awards may not exceed tuition and required fees.

If you receive any additional tuition based assistance, your Commonwealth Award may be reduced or canceled.

Students who do not qualify for the VGAP award may qualify for the Commonwealth Award. Students may only qualify for one or the other – not both.

Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant

The Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program is a need-based grant program for transfer students who have earned an associate degree at a Virginia two-year public institution and graduated with a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher. Students must not exceed a maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000. Continuing students must maintain full-time enrollment, minimum EFC requirements and a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher to renew the grant.

State Waiver Programs

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program

This program provides eligible students, as confirmed by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, with waiver of all tuition and mandatory fees at a Virginia public college or university. In addition, as funds are available, eligible students may receive a stipend to offset other educational expenses, such as room and board.

To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements:

  • The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses
  • The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission, or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia
  • In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements by:
  • Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or
  • Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission

Virginia Line of Duty Survivor Educational Benefits

Students whose parent or spouse was disabled or killed in the line of duty while employed or serving as a public safety officer with the Commonwealth of Virginia or one of its political subdivisions are entitled to waiver of undergraduate tuition and required fees at a Virginia public college or university under certain conditions.

Above referenced public safety occupations include law-enforcement officers, public university campus police officers, sworn law-enforcement officers, firefighters, forest wardens, rescue squad members, special agents of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, state correctional, regional or local jail officers, regional jail or jail farm superintendents, sheriffs, or deputy sheriffs, members of the Virginia National Guard, or members of the Virginia Defense Force.

For more information, contact the Virginia Department of Accounts at (804) 225-3038 or visit the Virginia Department of Accounts website.

Institutional Grant Programs

CNU Grant

The CNU Grant is a non-renewable, need-based institutional grant. These funds are limited and are typically awarded to students on the basis of financial hardship.

To qualify, students must be enrolled full-time in an approved undergraduate program and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.


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