To be eligible for awards from many of the programs, students must have a demonstrated financial need. Scholastic qualifications are important, however, and consideration is given to those who have demonstrated academic talent and potential.

The Financial Aid staff determines who will receive aid and the amount of that aid. In arriving at such decisions, the cost of education and the total resources available to the student are considered.

As part of the application process, students are asked to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Virginia students who do not receive the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) in the prior Spring term must file a TAG application by July 31.These forms are available from the College Financial Aid Office. To be considered for financial aid, the student must have been admitted to the College and plan to enroll as a degree-seeking student.