Archive for August, 2015

The annual news headline right after the universities announce tuition increases at the beginning of each summer is that college is getting more costly.  With financial aid struggling to keep up with rising tuition costs, some may feel that a four-year degree is getting out of reach.

Many of Virginia’s four-year institutions have made affordability a priority for lower income students and so we encourage all students to apply at their preferred college.  However, many students are opting to complete their Associate degree at a Virginia public two-year college and then transferring to a participating Virginia public or private four-year institution.  In addition to paying lower tuition charges for their freshman and sophomore years, students who qualify can double down on the savings by also receiving an award from the Two Year College Transfer Grant program once they transfer.  This program offers a $1,000 grant to qualifying students and an additional $1,000 grant if that student is enrolled into a science, teaching, engineering, math, or nursing program.  For eligibility criteria and other information go to: www.schev.edu/forms/2YRCollegeTransferGrantApp201516%20.pdf

For information about other state financial aid programs, visit: www.schev.edu/students/undergradFinancialaidPrograms.asp.


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