When you file a FAFSA, you are automatically applying for a Federal Pell Grant. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. They are awarded only to eligible undergraduate students who have not already earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Pell Grant award amounts depend on federal funding. How much you get will depend not only on your expected family contribution, but on your cost of attendance, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you attend school for a full academic year or less. If students are eligible for Pell Grant funding for summer school, we are obligated by federal regulations to automatically make those awards regardless of whether or not you follow our application process. The Federal Pell grant is limited to 12 full time semesters or its equivalent.
FSEOGs are grants for undergraduates with exceptional financial need as evidenced by the FAFSA results. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions will be the first students to receive FSEOGs, which do not have to be repaid. Annual award amounts will depend on our applicants' aggregate financial need and federal funding.
This is the Commonwealth's largest financial aid program and provides grants up to the cost of full tuition and mandatory fees (not room and board) for students attending public colleges and universities. The Commonwealth Award is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need as a result of filing a FAFSA. Longwood also has a small allocation of funds for graduate students. Awards may range from $200 to full tuition and fees.
This program was created from a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Education and the State Council of Higher Education to 1) decrease the dropout rate of students in grades six through twelve, 2) increase the graduation rates of financially needy students, 3) provide financial assistance to program participants for the cost of attending a public institution of higher education. This grant is awarded to first-time freshmen who demonstrated academic achievement in high school and meet our FAFSA priority filing date of March 1. Awards will range up to full tuition, mandatory fees, and books.
*Please contact our office if you are a transfer student to Longwood, received VGAP at your prior institution, and would like to be considered for VGAP at Longwood.
In order to receive the Virginia two-year college transfer grant the student must have received an Associate degree at a Virginia 2-year public institution of higher education, have enrolled in a Virginia 4-year public or private higher education institution by the fall following completion of Associate degree program, EFC not greater than $8,000, at least a 3.0 GPA in Associate degree program and maintain a 3.0 in 4-year school. Students may receive $1000.00-$2000.00, depending on their major. The grant is limited to three years or 70 credit hours.
Applications must go through the financial aid office of the four-year institution. To apply you will need to first submit your FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and then send to the financial aid office of your four-year institution, your community college transcript. Upon graduation, you will be required to submit a final academic transcript showing an Associate degree awarded. If you are graduating with your Associate degree this semester and want to ensure receipt of the CTG award, you will need to move quickly to submit the above as well as a FINAL academic transcript showing an associate degree awarded.
The Virginia four-year college or university to which you have applied will then notify the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of those students who meet the following additional CTG eligibility criteria:
- Virginia residency;
- compliant with federal Selective Service requirements;
- enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student at a participating Virginia four-year college or university by the fall following completion of the Associate's degree;
- not enrolled into a degree program for religious training or theological education;
- applied for financial aid using the FAFSA; and,
- demonstrated financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $8000
Once confirmed, CTG awards for eligible students will be processed by SCHEV and forwarded to the four-year institution's financial aid department. In most instances, final eligibility will not be established until 45-60 days into the semester. Note that state law requires that eligibility for state need-based grants may be adjusted due to the CTG award.