Paying for School- Financial Aid 101
Paying for School- Financial Aid 101
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Paying for School- Financial Aid 101

Paying for School- Financial Aid 101

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Paying for college may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be! Financial aid can come from a variety of resources like federal or state funds, or private sources (like a loan or a scholarship). Below you will find listings that will help you understand how financial aid works, how to pay for college, and loans. 

Types of Financial Aid

Loans           Grants              Scholarships              Work-study


An education loan is financial aid that must be repaid with interest. With loans, you are borrowing money to pay for school. 

  • FastForward FANTIC- provides funding for students demonstrating financial need who desire to enroll in an approved workforce training program leading to the attainment of an industry-recognized credential or licensure and are not eligible for other funding grants or financial assistance. This financial aid will pay 100% of the student’s portion for the program; however, per FastForward Guidelines, failure to complete the class will still require the applicant to repay one-third of the cost of the class.

  • VA Ready - VA Ready’s goal is to reward Virginians who seize the moment and commit themselves to training for in-demand jobs. We’ve partnered with businesses across Virginia and Virginia’s Community Colleges and the FastForward Workforce Credential Program

  • G3 (for specific programs) 


A grant is a form of financial aid, given to students with signifcant financial need, that doesn’t have to be repaid 


Some organizations may offer scholarships, or free money, to help students pay for college or career school. 


Work-study is a program that helps you earn money for school with flexible part-time jobs. 

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  • VA Domicile Info- An individual must demonstrate legal residence in Virginia with an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia. After meeting the requirements to establish domicile, a person must continue to be domiciled in Virginia for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes. 

Applicable School(s)
Virginia Community College System
Academic Planning
Enrollment Planning
Financial Planning
Adult/Non-Traditional Students
Military Students
Online Students