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Prospective Transfer Scholarship Process Overview

Students seeking Virginia Tech institutional scholarships should begin the search process long before the admissions decision is made.  The following steps are essential to maximizing scholarship opportunities:

  1. File the FAFSA by the Priority Deadline of March 1.
  2. Use estimated figures can be used if income taxes have not yet been filed.
  3. Do not wait for an admissions decision.  Seek out and apply for all scholarship opportunities.
  4. Monitor email address provided to VT Admissions offices, Flash.Mail and the USFA website frequently.
  5. Use the links below to see about academic or department merit based scholarship opportunities.
  6. Observe all deadlines.  Many application deadlines fall between December 15 and March 1.
  • General Scholarships:  These are scholarships that are awarded to students based on the  criteria provided by our donors.   Some General Scholarships only require the FAFSA and some require an application.
  • VT VCCS Lifeline Scholarship is awarded to select VCCS graduates continuing their education at Virginia Tech.   One full tuition and fee scholarship and five half tuition and fees will be awarded to each Fall terms’ entering cohort.  No application or recommendation letter is necessary.
  • Two-Year College Transfer Grant:  The Two-Year College Transfer Grants vary in amount up to $2,000 and are administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. These grants are for undergraduate state residents who transfer from a community college with a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) after completing an Associate’s Degree at a Virginia two-year public institution. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have an EFC of 12000 or below on the FAFSA.    All students admitted to Virginia Tech from a Virginia Community College will be reviewed for this award.  The review process will start in June.

Scholarships By College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

To be considered for scholarships in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, students must complete the online college scholarship application available mid-November at:
The application deadline is March 1, 2014. The majority of freshmen and transfer scholarships are awarded in late March. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a FAFSA. Applicants who are interested in scholarships should note that they should apply for all available aid as early as possible, and should NOT wait for an admission decision to do so, as many scholarship deadlines occur before admissions notifications are sent.
For more information about scholarships in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, please contact Cindy Beatty, 540-231-6503 or

College of Architecture and Urban Studies
  • Architecture + Design:   There is no application process for Architecture + Design scholarships. All enrolled students and all incoming freshmen are considered for scholarships, and recipients are selected by the faculty. Please visit the School of Architecture + Design website ( or contact the School office (201 Cowgill Hall, 540-231-5383) for more information.
  • Visual Art Scholarships:   For further information, all incoming students, including those planning to transfer to Virginia Tech from another institution, should contact the School of Visual Art (SOVA) at 540-231-5547, or email our primary academic advisor, Prof. Betsy Bannan, at   Please review our website at
    Prospective students wishing to major in the BFA Program in either Studio or Visual Communications Design, must apply via Portfolio Review at the end of their first semester of our Foundations program.  Freshman VTArts Awards are determined at the time of the Portfolio Review.  These are primarily awarded on merit, based on successful completion of required Foundations courses, on individual performance during the first semester, and on the outcome of Portfolio Review.  Financial need is a consideration.   Freshmen and transfer students desiring to major in Art History are exempted from the restricted Portfolio Review process.  However, they are also eligible for the Freshman VTArts Award, and are nominated by the Art History faculty within one semester of declaring the Art History major.
  • Building Construction:  Various scholarships are available to students pursuing the Building Construction degree at Virginia Tech. Students use the BC General Scholarship Application to apply for all BC departmental scholarships. The application and deadlines are available online at   Contact Renee’ Ryan at for additional information.
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

Department of English:  Information on scholarships for prospective students is available  at:

Department of Music:  Information on auditions and scholarships for prospective students is available at:    

Department of Theatre and Cinema:  information on auditions and scholarships for prospective students is available at:

College of Engineering

For information on transfer student scholarships, please visit

College of Natural Resources and Environment

Transfer students must complete the scholarship application on the Scholarship Gateway by February 15th.

College of Science

The College of Science academic scholarship application will be available in early December through February 15, 2014 via the Financial Aid Scholarship Gateway. Scholarships are awarded based on donor criteria such as financial need, major, academic achievement, leadership, and high school attended just to name a few.  To be considered for a College of Science Scholarship, please make sure you submit the following with your application:

  • Resume or Vita
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
Pamplin College of Business

The Pamplin College of Business awards a Pamplin Merit Scholarship to the entering student with the highest GPA from each Virginia Community College campus.  For transfer students entering 2013, the scholarships were a total of $3750 each, with $1875 credited to the student’s account for his/her first two semesters at Virginia Tech.