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Financial Aid Award

How Much Financial Aid Will You Receive?

Financial need is determined by the Cost of Attendance (COA) minus the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To determine the amount of financial aid you will receive as a full-time student to help with your educational costs at Virginia Highlands Community College, look up your EFC number on the chart link below. Your EFC is located in the upper right corner of the Student Aid Report (SAR) you received from the Federal Processing Center after you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Awards will be adjusted based on your actual enrollment level and subject to adjustment and possible repayment due to changes in enrollment status or financial need. Students must complete the FAFSA application process by May 1 to receive full consideration for financial aid at Virginia Highlands Community College. This chart is only an estimate and all awards are contingent upon annual federal, state, and local appropriations and availability. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Estimated Award Schedule

Pell Disbursement Chart 

To calculate your financial aid award(s):

If you are not enrolled in at least 12 credits, to view your pending award amount based on your actual enrollment, view the Pell Disbursement Chart or:

  1. Click on VCCS SIS: Student Information System
  2. Click on Student Center
  3. Click on Account Inquiry
  4. Click the box that says ‘CLICK HERE to see Pending Financial Aid Based on Actual Enrollment’
    • Full-time enrollment = 12 or more credits
    • Three-quarter time enrollment = 9-11 credits
    • Half-time enrollment = 6-8 credits
    • Less than half-time enrollment = 1-5 credits

Most financial aid programs require students to be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits. You may want to review your Financial Aid Award Notification for more information or review the requirements for your awards on the Types of Financial Aid.

Any enrollment change (drop, withdraw, never attend, or stop attending) may result in a debt to financial aid (aid eligibility may decrease) and/or VHCC. See the Financial Aid Office for assistance on the impact of your award(s) before making any enrollment decrease or before you stop attending. If you begin attendance in a class(es) and do not finish, you may owe a portion of your award(s) back to VHCC and/or the Department of Education.

To assist you in estimating your family’s contribution (cost), the VCCS has developed a Net Price Calculator The calculator will estimate your Parent Contribution and Student Contribution. This calculator is meant to be used as a tool for prospective students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents living in the United States. If you have questions about the Net Price Calculator please contact the Financial Aid Office.


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