Alternative Academic Terms/Sessions

Summer Session

At Virginia Tech you have the opportunity to take some extra classes over summer. We have two summer sessions, which are attched to the previous spring semester, for financial aid purposes.

  • Summer I - May to June
  • Summer II - July to August
  • Summer I & II - May to August

Winter Session

Winter Session is a shortened academic session which allows students to earn a minimum of 3 additional credits during the academic year.

Study Abroad

When planning your study abroad trip it is important to know how you will finance it. In most cases, the student should have already received a financial aid award package based on Blacksburg campus attendance, which may be enough to cover study abroad expenses. The award package is unlikely to increase once we adjust for the study abroad cost. Additional aid resources for most Education Abroad students consist of the Parent PLUS and Private/Alternative Loan.


A Co-op or internship is a wonderful way to get a taste of the 'real world'. As you are considered in work at this time, you will not be enrolled at Virginia Tech. Therefore you are not eligible for any financial aid. However, your loans will not go into repayment during this time, as you are still in the process of completing your education.