This guide should answer some of your questions related to the financial aid process at Virginia Commonwealth University. More detailed information on applying for financial aid, and financial aid programs, policies, and procedures are available on the VCU website at www.vcu.edu/enroll/finaid.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the only application required by VCU and must be filed annually, designating VCU (school code 003735) to receive the results. The VCU Office of Financial Aid recommends electronically filing the FAFSA by March 1.
Complete the FAFSA using data from completed tax returns. If necessary, use estimated tax return data in order to meet the VCU priority filing date, but be prepared to submit a copy of your completed tax returns and W2 forms to VCU as soon as possible.
You will be required to provide both student and parental information. Although parental information is not required for consideration of Department of Education Title IV loan funds, students who submit parental data will be considered for additional financial aid sources, including Title VII Department of Health and Human Services aid programs. Including parental information will not adversely impact your eligibility for other financial aid programs.
As a prospective pharmacy student, enter “graduate or professional degree” in response to the grade level question, even if you do not hold a baccalaureate degree. Additional hints for completing the FAFSA online, as well as the overall application process, are available on the VCU Office of Financial Aid website (click on “How to Apply”).
Make sure to apply for financial aid in a timely manner or you can expect delays in financial aid funding. You may want to participate in the VCU Installment Payment Plan, which budgets each semester’s bill over four payments.
To check the status of your financial aid application and award package, you are encouraged to use eServices, a password-protected service for viewing VCU student records online. You may also use the site to register for classes, print out bills and more.
You are required to obtain an official VCU student email account within one week of the beginning of your first semester of enrollment. You are responsible for reading, in a timely fashion, university-related communications sent to your official VCU student email account. The VCU Office of Financial Aid uses email to provide financial aid information, to request documentation to support financial aid application data, and to provide financial aid application status and award information. You can find your eID online.
Scholarships based on financial need and academic merit are available through the VCU School of Pharmacy. Announcements of scholarship availability are made annually to all students. During 2015-16, nearly $625,000 in scholarships were awarded to more than 180 students.
For questions relating to financial aid, records and registration and student accounting, contact:
Financial Aid Office, MCV Campus
1000 E. Marshall St., VMI Building, Room 334
P.O. Box 980244
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: (804) 828-2702
Fax: (804) 828-0060
The office is located on the third floor of the VMI Building two blocks southwest of the School of Pharmacy. It is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.