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To receive financial aid through Virginia Tech, each student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Virginia Tech uses the FAFSA to determine eligibility for many scholarships (including general scholarships from our office), grants, work study, and federal student and parent loans. The 2024-25 FAFSA will become available in December 2023 (the Office of Federal Student Aid has not set a date, yet) and must be submitted (with valid signatures) by Virginia Tech's priority deadline of March 1, 2024 for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. Remember that for maximum scholarship and financial aid consideration, you must complete the FAFSA and the General Scholarship application by January 22, 2024

To file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

  • Login to apply online (Recommended) or
  • Request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or319-337-5665. If you are hearing impaired, contact the TTY line at 1-800-730-8913.

Please Note: If you indicate on your FAFSA that you will sign a paper signature sheet and send it in, then the federal processor holds your FAFSA application for 10 days.

If the FAFSA is not processed with valid signatures by the priority deadline:

  • The award package could be delayed
  • The student may not be considered for some scholarships and grants such as the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP), Virginia Tech Grants, and the General Scholarship Program.
  • The student would still be considered for Federal aid, including the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Loans.

Where to Start

Documents Needed for the FAFSA

It is helpful to assemble the documents needed to complete the FAFSA ahead of time. Students and parents will need;

  • a Social Security Number
  • a driver's license
  • income tax return (or estimated income amounts)
  • bank statements
  • investment records
  • W-2 forms (for student and spouse or parent, depending on dependency status)
  • Schedule C (for individuals who own their own businesses)