Grants & Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships are "free money" or awards that do not have to be repaid. 

A student's eligibility for grant funds is often determined by demonstrated need.  Which is based on their EFC which is calculated when a FAFSA is completed.  In order to be considered for all grant programs a student must complete their FAFSA and all application review by the priority deadline, which for Radford University is January 15th.

Scholarships are most commonly merit based awards that do not require repayment.  New freshman and transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.  No additional application is required to be considered.

Federal Grants

Federal Grant List

Federal Pell Grant
The Pell Grant is a subsidy grant provided by the federal government.  It is need based and awarded based on the family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA.  Pell grants are awarded to undergraduate students who do not have a bachelor's degree.  Pell Grant aid will vary based on a student's EFC and enrollment status (derived from number of credit hours a student is enrolled in each semester).

Due to changes by the Department of Education, to the Federal Pell Grant, students are able to use Federal Pell Grant funds to help cover the cost of Summer courses. 

What does this mean for you?  As long as you meet the eligibility requirements for Federal Pell grant and are enrolled at least half time for the summer sessions, then you may be eligible to receive up to an additional 50% in Federal Pell grant (depending upon your enrollment status for summer).  At the time your summer application is reviewed, summer Pell Grant eligibility will be determined.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a Federal grant program for students with exceptional demonstrated need.  Students must be Pell Grant eligible and seeking their first Bachelor's degree to be considered for SEOG.

Students seeking consideration for this grant must submit their FAFSA application and any requested financial aid documents, before the priority deadline date (Jan 15).  This must be completed each aid award year.

Federal TEACH Grant
The federal grant program for students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school, that serves students from low-income families in a high need field.  The grant is awarded to students who apply and meet the defined program requirements.  If you are awarded a TEACH Grant and change majors or do not complete the service requirements, the grant will become a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and subject to all standard repayment obligations.

State Grants

State Grant List

Virginia Commonwealth Award
The Virginia Commonwealth Award is a state funded grant program for undergraduate (at state supported Virginia institutions) Virginia residents who demonstrate financial need. 

  • Student must be a Virginia resident, admitted into a Virginia public two- or four- year college or university.
  • Student must be enrolled at least half-time in an approved degree program, while seeking their first Bachelor's degree.
  • Student must meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements.
  • Student must meet and maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards.

Students seeking consideration for this grant must submit their FAFSA application and any requested financial aid documents, before the priority deadline date (Jan 15).  This must be completed each aid award year.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)

The Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program is a state funded need based grant program, for dependent students who are Virginia residents and meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a dependent student & Virginia resident.
  • Student must graduate from a Virginia high school, with a 2.5 GPA.
  • Student's FAFSA must demonstrate exceptional financial need.
  • Student must be enrolled full time

VGAP may be renewed for up three years if the student continues to meet the following renewal criteria:

  • Maintains in-state residency
  • Is a dependent Student
  • FAFSA demonstrate exceptional financial need
  • Maintains a 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Maintains Full time enrollment
  • Maintains satisfactory academic progress
  • Meets FAFSA and FAFSA document priority submission deadline each year
  • Increases to the next grade level upon completion of each full year

Students seeking consideration for this grant must submit their FAFSA application and any requested financial aid documents, before the priority deadline date (Jan 15).  This must be completed each aid award year.

Virginia Transfer Grant (VTG)

The Virginia Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program is a need-based grant program for transfer students who have earned an Associate degree at a Virginia community college and graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Students that are returning for the Spring 2021 term will see the Virginia Transfer Grant as a memo toward account charges. New students who are eligible to receive the award, will see it post after SCHEV certification. This occurs after Radford University’s census date. 
  • Students cannot exceed a maximum Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $12,000.
  • Students must have enrolled as a first-time freshman in the two-year program, completed the associate degree program, and enrolled full-time in a Virginia four-year college or university the following Fall or Spring semester. 
  • Students must complete the Virginia Transfer Grant application and submit their final official transcripts with degree conferral date for consideration.
  • Continuing students must maintain full-time enrollment, minimum EFC requirements, and a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher to renew the grant.

VA Transfer Grant applicant review cannot take place until after Radford University's census date each semester.

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Institutional Grants

Highlander Grant
An institution funded grant program that began in Fall 2004 is awarded to students who have exceptional financial need and meet the application priority deadline date (Jan 15).

Outside Grants

Whitehead Grants
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation has sponsorship of this grant program for females who have a financial need, are residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia; and is admitted to the nursing program.

Institutional Scholarships
  
New Freshman Scholarships

The Highlander Distinction Program
The Highlander Distinction Program is a four-year renewable scholarship program designed to make your Radford University education more affordable.  The program launched in the 2020-2021 award year and awarded $2.8 million dollars to new freshmen at Radford University.  These scholarships can be renewed for up to eight consecutive semesters if the student continues to meet the renewal criteria.

Red & White Scholarship
Is a four-year renewable scholarship program that was awarded to students who started in the Fall of 2017 – Fall 2019.  This scholarship program is now only available to be renewed to students who were awarded the scholarship at the time they applied to attend Radford University.

Academic Excellence Scholarship
Is a four-year renewable scholarship program that was awarded to students who started in the Fall of 2017 – Fall 2019.  This scholarship program is now only available to be renewed to students who were awarded the scholarship at the time they applied to attend Radford University. 
 

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Excellence Scholarship
Transfer students that maintained excellent academic standards on all attempted college courses will be considered for the Transfer Excellence Scholarship.  Applicants must have completed at least 30 hours of college level work.  To be considered for the Transfer Excellence Scholarship, all completed application materials must be received by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and maintained high academic success during their college work will be considered for this scholarship.  Applicants must have completed at least 30 hours of college level work.  To be considered for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, all completed application materials must be received by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Foundation Scholarships

The Radford University Foundation has numerous partial scholarships that are awarded each academic year.  These scholarships are based on factors such as hometown location, major, and merit.  Upper class students are invited to apply for these scholarships after December 1 (during the Spring semester) and will be notified of awards in April for the upcoming academic year.  There are several scholarships available to new students, who are admitted.  A complete listing of scholarship opportunities can be found online at https://radford.academicworks.com.  

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Cherie Durbin in the Advancement Office at 540-831-7171 or by email at foundscholar@radford.edu.

Outside/Private Scholarships

Many organizations provide scholarships for students such as The Lion's Club, Kiwana's Club, Rotary Clubs, Fraternal Organizations, etc. Students should inquire directly with those individual places for scholarship information.

In addition, below we have a link to some scholarship information that Radford University students have been notified of or have recieved outside of the University.

Scholarship Resources