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Overcoming Unique Challenges

"VCU has thoughtfully designed resources to assist students in overcoming the unique challenges. The VCU Childcare Development Center provided invaluable support, allowing me to attend classes during the day with confidence, knowing that my son was in a safe and nurturing environment. VCU is truly a special place to learn and grow."

Tyler Edge, Class of 2024


From understanding and applying for financial aid, to planning a budget while you're in school and beyond, VCU staff and financial counselors are here to help. You will be empowered to become financially literate and fiscally responsible through personalized service, outreach, education and programming.

Financial aid explained 

First, prior to each year of college, fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to apply for federal grants, work-study and loans. The information you provide on the FAFSA will help colleges determine your federal aid eligibility. After the colleges you select have reviewed your submission, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report and your award offer from each one if eligibility is determined.

Your aid offer explains the types and amounts of aid the colleges can offer you, as well as your expected costs for the year. If you decide to accept the aid offer from a college, you must inform the school of other sources of aid (such as scholarships) you expect to receive.

The college's financial aid office will then apply your aid to the amount you owe and send you the remaining balance to spend on other college costs. One of the requirements to maintain financial aid eligibility is that you must make satisfactory academic progress.

Cost of attendance

Whether you're planning to attend as an undergraduate or post-undergraduate, part-time or full-time, or in-state or out-of-state student, you can use our calculator to determine the per-semester cost of attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Please note the calculator provides an estimate of expenses and may not reflect the complete cost of tuition, fees and other charges. Visit the Student Financial Services website for the tuition and fees calculator.


To learn more about how financial aid works, visit Student Financial Services. To get in touch with a financial counselor, current students can log in to Navigate to schedule an appointment or call Student Services at (804) 828-1550. If you're an admitted or prospective student, email sfmc@vcu.edu for assistance. The Virtual Student Services Center also can help you find answers to questions about tuition and fees, bills and payments, financial aid and more. It features a live chat option and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.