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Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program


General Description and Purpose

Established in 1972, the Tuition Assistance Grant Program (VTAG) is designed to assist Virginia residents who attend accredited private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia for other than religious training or theological education. The VTAG is authorized in § 23.1-628 of the Code of Virginia as the Tuition Assistance Grant Act.

Application Process

Applications may be acquired from the financial aid office of the private institution the student plans to attend. Completed applications must be submitted to the financial aid office of the institution on, or before, July 31 prior to the fall semester of enrollment. Applications submitted after July 31, but no later than December 1, will be considered for an award only if funds are available.


While this page does not cover all of the eligibility requirements, the basic criteria are:

  • Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia as defined by the Code of Virginia § 23.1-502 and augmented by the Domicile Guidelines;
  • Be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student; and
  • Be enrolled at an eligible institution pursuing an eligible degree that is not in religious training or theological education.

Eligible Institutions


The award amount is based on the number of eligible students and the amount of funds appropriated by the General Assembly.

For residential students, the maximum 2021-22 Annual Awards are:
Undergraduate = $4,000   Graduate = $2,200

For online education or distance learning programs, the maximum 2021-22 Annual Awards are:
Undergraduate = $2,000   Graduate = $1,100

Beginning with the fall of 2021, students enrolled in an online education or distance learning program are eligible to receive awards from the Tuition Assistance Grant Program at a reduced rate. However, students enrolled in online education or distance learning programs as of the 2019-20 academic year shall remain eligible to receive awards of up to $3,400 ($1,700 for graduate students) for no more than four years as long as remaining continuously enrolled and meeting all other eligibility criteria


Awards are renewed provided that the student continues to meet eligibility requirements and has not exceeded the maximum number of years of eligibility.

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21-22 Application [pdf]

22-23 Application [pdf]

Digital Signature Instructions

VTAG Fact Sheet [pdf]

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