All outstanding freshman applicants are automatically considered for university-level scholarships if they apply for the fall semester by Nov. 15 — no separate application needed.
What’s our criteria?
Recipients are selected based on academic merit; leadership, community service and artistic talent (when applicable) also may be considered.
A limited number of scholarships are also awarded to transfer applicants from the Virginia Community College System who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.
When will you find out?
Students who apply by Nov. 15 will be notified by the beginning of April of any scholarship offers. All applicants seeking scholarship consideration are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
For scholarship consideration, applicants must submit the Common Application to Virginia Commonwealth University by Nov. 15 and must also submit their test scores. Essay topics are provided in the application.
Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who apply to VCU by Nov. 15 and notify the National Merit Scholarship Corp. by May 31 that VCU is their first choice are eligible for a VCU Presidential Scholarship. Finalists with questions can contact Patrick Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 827-0420.
Transfer applicants must submit VCU’s online electronic application by March 15. An optional two-page essay may be submitted on one of these topics:
- Compose Page 87 of your autobiography. In this essay, you should be creative, considering where your life story would be at this point.
- Describe the most-challenging obstacle you’ve faced and what you did to overcome it. What did you learn from the experience?
Types of scholarships
Merit-based scholarships are only awarded during the fall semester and cover in-state costs only.
Four-year scholarships are renewable for up to three consecutive years if recipients complete at least 28 credit hours on a full-time basis over the fall and spring semesters and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better.
Additional scholarship awards may be offered by the Office of Admissions to students in recognition of academic achievements, leadership or other personal attributes.
University undergraduate scholarships
This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year (maximum amount of $8,000 per semester), as well as room and board*. The estimated total value of this four-year award is approximately $114,356.
*Room allowance is equal to the cost of a room in the Honors College residence hall; board is equivalent to the 250 Block plus $175 Dining Dollars meal plan.
This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $16,000 per year (maximum amount of $8,000 per semester) for an estimated total value of $64,000.
This four-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition and fees up to $8,000 per year (maximum amount of $4,000 per semester). The estimated total value of this four-year award is approximately $32,000.
Alcoa Foundation Community Scholarship
This scholarship is equal to the cost of in-state tuition and fees. Freshmen from Richmond and the surrounding counties majoring in business, engineering and technology areas of study are eligible to be considered for this scholarship.
VCCS Transfer Scholarship
This scholarship is equal to the cost of one-half of in-state tuition and fees. Applicants with a minimum of 45 credit hours at a Virginia community college who transfer to VCU are eligible to be considered for this scholarship. A limited number of these scholarships are available. Students who have attended institutions other than Virginia community colleges are not eligible.
School and department scholarships
Individual schools and departments at VCU manage and offer their own scholarships to incoming freshmen. Visit VCU Financial Aid to learn more.