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Welcome to the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (USFA) web site! Our web site is a good source of information that will guide you through the financial aid process.

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

We will not release your financial aid or billing information to anyone, including your parents, without a FERPA pass code.  After you have accepted the admissions offer, you may set up this code by logging into Hokie Spa and selecting "FERPA."

  • USFA Office will close for Thanksgiving holiday at noon on Wednesday, November 25 and reopen on Monday, November 30.  Happy Thanksgiving Hokies!
  • FAFSA for 2016-2017 will be available January 1, 2016.  Applications received after the March 1st deadline WILL NOT be guaranteed grant consideration. Funds are LIMITED, so apply on time!
  • FAFSA Changes for 2017-2018
  • The 2016-2017 Scholarship Gateway is now OPEN for continuing students and freshman applicants entering fall 2016.  The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016. Click here to apply.
  • Need to change your financial aid?  Email our office at
  • Student Check List
  • Guide to Loan Requirements
  • The 2015-2016 Graduate PLUS and Parent PLUS loan applications are still available online at
  • If You Missed the Priority Deadline…You may still file the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans.
  • Looking for a Federal Work Study Job? New students can contact our office for an application and continuing students can apply on Hokies4Hire (job number 61999.)

Use our Financial Aid Estimator to help you estimate your eligibility.

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Federal Work Study (FWS) is a program that provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help meet the cost of education.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships are managed by the Graduate School and can be in support of general administrative duties, teaching assignments, or research projects

Grants are awarded based on the student's financial need. Like scholarships, grants do not have to be repaid.

Virginia Tech offers several types of loans from the federal government based on the financial need of the student.

Scholarships are similar to grants but they are awarded based on student qualifications and usually include an application process. Scholarships do not have to be repaid. 


Waivers are similar to grants in that they do not have to be repaid, however, they can only be applied to Virginia Tech tuition and fees charges

More Types of Aid

You do not have to wait for an admissions decision before starting to apply for Financial Aid.

To apply for financial aid at Virginia Tech follow the steps below:

If you miss the March 1 Priority Deadline, you may still complete the FAFSA, but you will only be eligible for Stafford Loans and Pell Grant.

Mark your calendars!

  • The FAFSA application process for the 2016-2017 Academic Year begins January 1, 2016.
  • The last day you may complete the 2015-16 FAFSA is June 30, 2016.

More steps in Applying for Financial Aid

Links to the Hokie SPA or Hokie SPA Guest Access

Make sure your financial aid is received without delay by following the steps below.

More steps in Receiving Financial Aid

The 2016-2017 Scholarship Gateway is now OPEN for continuing students and freshman applicants entering fall 2016.  The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016.  Click here to apply.

Please do not wait for an offer of admissions before applying for scholarships. Apply Now! The application process and deadline will vary depending on who is awarding the scholarship. Please be sure to review the information provided carefully. 

See the Scholarship Handout for scholarship tips and deadlines:

Scholarship Handout (PDF | 260KB)

More Scholarship Information

YouTube video showing how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives you access to grants, loans and work-study jobs that can help fund your education. (You can also visit to learn more.)

 Learn about the steps, the deadlines, the forms, and a lot of the details students and families need to know.

Hokie SPA (Student Personal Access) is a tool for students, faculty, and staff that allows you to view academic, financial, and other pertinent information about your relationship with Virginia Tech. The tutorials in this guide were created to help you understand the resources and functionality available to you in Hokie Spa.

Once you get the bill, what do you do next? Listen to hear your options laid out in detail.

More Videos and Tutorials 

    NP Calculator


    HokieSPA Tutorial

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7 Common FAFSA Mistakes

Click here to learn more.

Data Retrieval Tool Instructions

Click here for simple steps to transfer tax information into your FAFSA.

Requesting a Tax Return Transcript

You can get a tax return transcript online or by mail.  Click here for more information.

Contact Information

Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (MC0222)
Student Services Building Suite 200, 800 Washington St SW, Blacksburg, VA 24061


School Code: 003754


Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm


Phone:     (540) 231-5179
Fax:         (540) 231-9139


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University Account Billing and Payments

Want to budget your bill payment over several months?  Read more about the Bursar’s Budget Tuition Plan. 

Would you like direct deposit for your student living expense refund? Click here for more information.