Virginia State University Scholarships & Financial Aid

Virginia State University is a comprehensive land grant institution that offers several scholarship opportunities to students to assist them in financing their education. We recommend you apply to Virginia State University as early as possible, and that you review the information about university funded scholarships and other types of aid provided by the institution at the VSU Office of Financial Aid Website.

External Scholarships

Virginia College Affordability Network (VCAN)
Students that live within 25-miles from campus and are FAFSA Pell-eligible can be awarded the free-tuition VCAN scholarship.

  • Complete the VSU online application and meet admission requirements;
  • Have a completed FAFSA on file with VSU (Virginia State University's school code is 003764) and be Pell-eligible
  •     Live 25 miles away from VSU's campus
  • Be a first-time freshman

Academic Scholarships

Students are evaluated for merit-based scholarships during the admission process with or without the submission of SAT or ACT test scores.Qualified students are notified of scholarship status 2-3 weeks after admission. Students seeking qualification from AP/IB/DE* courses in-progress must submit an updated transcript reflecting a grade of 'B' or better for consideration.

Scholarship qualifications are as follows:

PROVOST SCHOLARSHIP - $6,500.00(renewable)

  • 3.0 GPA and 1080 SAT or 21 ACT


  • 3.5 GPA and one (1) of the following:
  • Ranked in top 25% of class
  • Two (2) AP/IB/DE courses with grade 'B' or better
  • Valedictorian or Salutatorian

PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP - $10,000.00(renewable)

  • 3.2 GPA and 1170 SAT or 24 ACT


  • 3.75 GPA and one (1) of the following:
  • Ranked in top 15% of class
  • Three (3) AP/IB/DE classes with grade 'B' or better
  • Valedictorian or Salutatorian
  • *AP - Advanced Placement, IB - International Baccalaureate, DE - Dual Enrollment

Music Scholarships

The Department of Music at Virginia State University offers scholarships in varied amounts to a select number of highly talented and promising students. These scholarships are available through a competitive process that includes an interview and an audition with the Department of Music faculty. Students who accept these grants-in-aid must declare a major at the university during the period of the grant and maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average in all attempted academic courses. Students who fall below the aforementioned requirement, will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If this requirement is not met by the conclusion of the academic year, the student will see a termination of the music scholarship. All first-time students at the university are eligible to receive a scholarship for up to nine academic semesters. Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in at least two assigned ensembles each semester. In addition, applied keyboard students may be given accompaniment duties. Students seeking priority music scholarship consideration should audition prior to April 30th.