How to apply for aid

2024-2025 FAFSA Release Date

The 2024-2025 FAFSA will be available by December 31. You must file a FAFSA every year to be considered for financial aid. We will continue to update you via website, social media and email.

The FAFSA priority deadline is March 1.

Most students are eligible for financial aid at Virginia Commonwealth University, regardless of financial circumstances.

Since financial aid is a limited resource and distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, we encourage students to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible.

Understanding and Completing 2024-2025 FAFSA

Financial aid checklist

Below are detailed instructions you can refer to as you complete the financial aid process. If you are new to VCU, apply for financial aid after submitting your application for a degree or certificate program. An admission decision is not needed before applying for financial aid.

Need help?

Get in touch with a financial counselor:

The Virtual Student Services Center also can help you find answers to a number of 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.

Visit the Virtual Student Services Center

Need to apply for summer aid?

Students who receive financial aid during the regular school year and anticipate enrolling for a summer session should plan their budget ahead of time. To be considered for summer aid, students must have completed the FAFSA for the prior academic year.

Learn more about summer aid