This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2021-2022 VCU Bulletin. This edition includes all programs and courses approved by the publication deadline; however we may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Most students are eligible for some type of financial aid regardless of family financial circumstances. Basically, to receive aid from any of the federal or state student aid programs, students must:

  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or Renewal FAFSA designating VCU (school code 003735) to receive FAFSA results
  • Demonstrate financial need, except for some loan programs
  • Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development certificate
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment to an eligible degree or certificate program
  • Be enrolled at least half time (five or more graduate credit hours)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid Social Security number (unless from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau)
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as defined by the VCU Office of Financial Aid (The full VCU SAP policy is available online.)
  • Certify that federal and state financial aid will be used for educational purposes only
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan and not owe money on a federal student grant
  • Comply with Selective Service registration, if required
  • Not be convicted under federal or state law of sale or possession of illegal drugs

Students admitted as provisional graduate students are eligible for federal loans at the fifth-year undergraduate level.

Detailed information can be found on the Federal Student Aid website and is also available in print form from the VCU Office of Financial Aid website.