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Welcome to Virginia Union Universty's Office of Financial Aid!

The Office of Financial Aid assists students in the application process for financial aid. The office processes Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs), awards financial aid to students, provides financial aid loan counseling and prepares and submits financial aid reports and information to the state and federal government.

Our website is full of important information regarding financial aid. Please take some time to visit the important links.  All degree candidates at Virginia Union University are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Your eligibility for need-based aid is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial assistance is awarded on a first come, first-served basis so complete your FAFSA as soon as possible. You do not have to wait for a response from the Office of Admissions to apply for Financial Aid.

For Graduate Financial Aid, please click the following link

Contact the Financial Aid Office at:

Office: (804) 257-5882

Email: finaid@vuu.edu

Fax: (804) 257-5797

Steps to Applying for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid application process is a lengthy, and at times, complicated procedure. However, if your follow the five-step process below you will be successful.

Step 1 – Create your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) 
You can create your FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov. You will need your FSA ID to electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are a dependent student for FAFSA purposes, one of your parents will also need to create a FSA ID at www.fsaid.ed.gov to electronically sign the FAFSA. This will ensure the quickest, most accurate filing process. In addition, your FSA ID will allow you to:

  • View the status and results of a processed FAFSA application on the FAFSA website.
  • Make corrections to your FAFSA online.
  • Access your Federal Student Financial Assistance information on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) website.
  • Request a duplicate copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Write your FSA ID down in a safe place as you will need this information in order to access any Federal Student Aid information. 

Step 2 – File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To be considered for any type of financial aid (grants or loans), all students must file the FAFSA. Remember to include Virginia Union University’s school code on the FAFSA; if you do not include our school code, we will not receive your application. Virginia Union University’s school code is 003766.

There are two ways to complete the application:

  • Online Application: The online FAFSA can be completed on the Department of Education website at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There is no fee to apply online.
  • Paper Application: The FAFSA is available at your local high school, community college or local university. There is no fee to apply for financial aid using the FAFSA.

The Virginia Union University Office of Financial Aid recommends that applicants file the FAFSA online as it is the fastest, most efficient, and most accurate application method. Your results will be sent to you and the university about a week after completing your application if it is electronically signed with your FSA ID.

Please note that you must apply once every school year. You must also be accepted into a degree program by Admissions and be in good academic standing to receive financial aid.

Step 3 – The Student Aid Report (SAR) 
After your FAFSA is processed, you will be sent a Student Aid Report (SAR). Electronic filers who provide an email address will be sent an email providing an electronic link to their SAR. Electronic filers who do not provide an e-mail address and those who complete a paper FAFSA will be sent a paper SAR in the mail.

Once you receive your SAR, you should review it for accuracy. Students who receive their SAR electronically can make any necessary corrections online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Processing of your award may take three to four weeks after we have received your accurate application record and all other documentation. Please check your Virginia Union University email or MyVUU account regularly to see if we are requesting any additional information.

To get an early start on the financial aid process, visit FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov .The FAFSA4caster website provides information about the financial aid process and can help you become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available.

Step 4 – Additional Information 
After your FAFSA is processed, Virginia Union will be sent the information electronically. For electronic filers, the data is usually received in 3-5 business days. For those who completed a paper FAFSA, the data is usually received in about 4-6 weeks.

Once your FAFSA data is received, you may be required to submit additional information to the Virginia Union University Office of Financial Aid. One third of all federal aid applicants are randomly selected for a process called "verification." Please check your Virginia Union University email or MyVUU account to see if any additional documentation is needed to complete the processing of your financial aid application.


Step 5 – Award Notification
After your FAFSA is processed and all required information has been reviewed, you will receive your financial aid award package in the mail. Please review all information in your award package and follow the instructions in your award package to complete the financial aid process. You can also view your awards on myVUU. Logon to you MyVUU and click “My Financial Aid” under “Student Finances.”

Types of Financial Aid

Grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships are all considered financial aid. Learn more about what is included in your award package here:

Grants

A grant is a type of financial aid that does not require repayment. Virginia Union University participates in several need-based federal- and state-funded grant programs. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive any of the types of aid below.

The following need-based grant programs are available at Virginia Union University:

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is an award for undergraduates only with no prior bachelor’s or professional degree. Eligibility is primarily based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) but is also affected by enrollment status. A minimum of 12 credit hours each semester is required to receive full eligibility, with pro-rated awards going to students with less than 12 credits.

FSEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

FSEOG is for undergraduate Federal Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need (i.e., students with the lowest EFCs). Students may receive up to $1,000 a year depending on eligibility and funding level. Preference is given to student with a 0 EFC.

Loans

Virginia Union University participates exclusively in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program which includes Subsidized Student Loans, Unsubsidized Student Loans and Parent Loans. The Federal Government is the lender in the Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Students and parents interested in federal student and parent loans will be required to apply through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program and complete master promissory notes. If you decide to borrow a loan, your loan information will be submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system. Loans are currently disbursed in two installments in a given semester.

For additional information on the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, please click on the following links:

Eligibility for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan

To be eligible for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, a students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits and complete the following steps:

  1. First-time applicants complete Federal Direct Student Loan Entrance Counseling.
  2. First-time applicants complete a Federal Direct Student Loan Master Promissory Note.

Right to Refuse a Loan

You have the right to refuse Federal Stafford Loans offered to you even after you have signed the promissory note. You must submit your refusal in writing to the Financial Aid Office. If you have outstanding charges at the time of refusal, you must pay them in full at that time.

Federal Stafford Loan Exit Counseling

Exit counseling is required for students who are graduating, are not enrolled in the current semester or who drop below six credits. Exit counseling can be completed at www.StudentLoans.gov.

Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students in order to help them afford college. Eligible students are awarded an allotment of funds which may be earned through part-time employment in FWS-approved position. FWS jobs are designed to be flexible around students’ class schedules.

Scholarships

Many organizations, including Virginia Union University, offer scholarships each year to students who deserve recognition for their academic achievement, service, and talent. Virginia Union University offers a number of scholarships created exclusively for Virginia Union students through donors’ generous support of the University.

Important Financial Aid Dates

Students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. Applications received before the priority date shown in the table below will be considered for the maximum amount of grant aid.  Applications received before the guarantee date will be processed prior to the start of classes.

Semester Attending Virginia Union University

Priority Date

Guarantee Date

Summer 2019

April 15, 2019

May 1, 2019

Fall 2019

May 15, 2019

July 15, 2019

Spring 2020

October 15, 2019  

November 15, 2019

Summer 2020

April 15, 2020

May 1, 2020

Please note: Financial aid, including loans, will continue to be offered after these dates.  However, aid will only be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you apply for aid after the guarantee date, your aid may not be in place prior to the start of classes.

Forms and Information Sheets

Verification Forms:

Verification Procedures

Dependent Verification Worksheet (2019-20)

Independent Verification Worksheet (2019-20)

Dependent Monthly Expense Form (2019-20)

Independent Monthly Expense Form (2019-20)

Miscellaneous Financial Aid Forms: 

Virgina Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) Form (2019-20)

Dependent Override Form

Financial Aid Special Consideration Form

Financial Aid Decline/Adjustment Form

Financial Aid Release Form

Financial Aid Sample Letter

Outside Aid Notification Form 

Police Tuition Remission Form

Summer 2019 Financial Aid Request Form 

Financial Aid Important Information

Loan Information Sheets: 

Completing your Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling Instructions

Applying for the Parent Plus Loan Instructions

Alternative Private Loans

Additional Resources: 

Tuition and Fees Guide

Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals

UNCF Information 

Undergraduate Satisfactory Academic Progress

Scholarship Opportunities

Virginia Union University (VUU) offers a myriad of scholarship opportunities for all students who attend. VUU are dedicated to helping students find ways to fund their education and below are a few ways to start. Click a link below and read about all VUU offer and more. 

Other Scholarships 

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the first step in applying for financial assistance?
Start by completing and filing the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). On the FAFSA, be sure to list all colleges and universities you're considering attending and double check to make sure your social security number is listed correctly on the application. It's best to have already-filed federal tax information available to complete the FAFSA. Four to six weeks after you submit your completed FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR), which will also be sent to all colleges and universities listed on your FAFSA.

How do I know whether I'll qualify for aid?
Once Virginia Union University has received your admissions application and SAR, we can determine whether you'll qualify for any college-sponsored funding, such as merit scholarships, in addition to federal funding. Your financial aid "package" may include the following funding: Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan (subsidized/unsubsidized), Federal Work Study, Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant, CSPA, Parent PLUS Loan, VUU Grant, and Merit Scholarship. Virginia residents also may be awarded Virginia TAG and Virginia College Scholarship Assistance Program.

Do I need to apply separately for state funding programs?
Yes. Virginia residents must complete and file the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) application, which is available from the VUU Office of Admissions (800-368-3227).

Can I apply for financial aid on-line?
Yes! The first step in the financial aid process is to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your filing options are a Paper FAFSA (7-10 processing days), or Electronic (3-5 days) to process.   Electronic filing eliminates delays that can occur by mailing the application. Also, FAFSA on the Web edits the application prior to submitting it to Federal Student Aid, which significantly reduces the number of errors on the application. FAFSA on the Web now even lets applicants from the previous award year pre-fill the application with much of their preexisting data. 

Remember to include VUU's Title IV code (003766) so your SAR will be sent automatically to Virginia Union University.

For help with filling out the FAFSA, you can go to www.studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/completing_fafsa/index.html


When should I apply?
It's important to apply as early as possible--that is, January 1 (for the Fall semester) or as soon as your Federal taxes for the previous tax year have been filed. You cannot apply earlier than January 1. And remember, don't wait for a response to your admissions application before you apply for financial aid; file the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible--especially if financial aid will determine your college choice.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Virginia Union University
Attn: Office of Financial Aid
1500 North Lombardy Street
Richmond, VA 23220

  

Financial Aid Office Hours:

Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Feel free to give us a call at 804-257-5882 or email us at finaid@vuu.edu.
Toll free number: 1-800-368-3227 extension 5882

Fax: (804) 257-5797

Virginia Union University's School Code is 003766