higher education planning resources

Opportunities: Preparing for College Guide and Workbook
A very useful guide for understanding college admissions and financial aid. Available in two versions, a National guide and a Virginia-specific guide:

State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Information on financial aid programs for residents of Virginia, including the Academic Common Market program, and information on Virginia colleges and universities.

Virginia Education Wizard 
Information on Virginia colleges and universities and state financial aid programs. Provides cost calculators and a search engine for scholarships at the state’s community colleges in addition to information about transferring from a community college to a four-year institution.

The College Board
Overview of financial aid, the scholarship search process, and college costs. 

I Am The One
Resources for planning for higher education and how to afford it.

community college, workforce training, and apprenticeship resources

Community college

The Virginia Community College System

Guaranteed Transfer Information
Learn how to be guaranteed admission at a four-year college of your choice by transferring from community college.

Two-Year Transfer Grant
Receive a grant of up to $6,000 by attending community college and then transferring to a four-year school.

Workforce training

Community College Workforce Alliance
A workforce training program serving the Greater Richmond Region.

Workforce Credential Grant Program
A state grant that can reduce the cost of obtaining certain workforce credentials through the Virginia Community College System by two thirds.


Apprenticeship Program
A video about the Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program.

Financial aid resources

Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You must file this form to receive financial aid!

What you'll need to complete the FAFSA

An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Required to complete the FAFSA.

2017-2018 Tuition and Fees at Virginia's State-Supported Colleges and Universities

Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education Information about the types of federal financial aid (including grants, loans, work-study and aid to military families) as well as eligibility criteria and how to apply. 

Information about financial aid programs available in Virginia

Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Tax-advantaged college savings programs.

FinAid Summary of financial aid information. Also provides calculations for costs, loans and savings and answers to frequently asked questions.

Disability Related Resources

A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities Youth Leadership Academy

College options for people with intellectual disabilities.

Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Info for students with disabilities preparing for post-secondary education, from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

DO-IT - College Funding for Students with Disabilities

LD Online
College and college prep info for students with learning disabilities

UMFS Courage to Succeed College Program

VCU's Center for Disability Leadership
Includes a list of self-advocacy organizations by region.

I'm Determined
A self-determination initiative of the Virginia Department of Education.