Governor Northam Announces Increase in Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)

December 09, 2021


Contact: Erika Roache 

Director of Public Relations 


Governor Northam Announces Increase  

in Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) 

[RICHMOND, VA – December 9, 2021] -- Today, Governor Ralph Northam announced an increase in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG). The announcement was made at Virginia Union University.  

“There is power in every student,” said Governor Northam. “We want to be sure they all have access to higher education and complete their degree with as little debt as possible.” 

In Virginia, roughly 23,000 students receive VTAG. The increase will provide an additional $1,000 per year for students. Currently, 18% of VUU’s total student population receive $16,000 over a four-year degree term, which covers 16% of their tuition. With the increase in tuition assistance, students will now receive $20,000 over four years, covering 20% of tuition costs. The increase would bring an additional $316,000 to VUU and a total of $6,320,000 over the course of four years. 

“We are excited about Governor Northam’s decision to make higher education more affordable to students and families and the impact that it has on our community,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of VUU. “His decision allows us to stand strong in our commitment of finding ways to reduce debt for our students.”  

About Virginia Union University 

Virginia Union University is a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. Virginia Union University offers a broad range of educational opportunities that advance liberal arts education, teaching, research, science, technology, continuing education, civic engagement, and international experiences. Visit www.vuu.edu for more information.