Grants & Scholarships

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

A student's eligiblity for grant funds is most frequently based on need based on your EFC which is calculated when you complete the FAFSA.  In order to be considered for all grant programs you must complete your FAFSA and all application review by the priority deadline, which for Radford University is Dec 1.

Scholarships are most commonly merit based awards that do not require repayment.  The admissions office invites outstanding applicants to apply for merit based scholarships each year.  To be considered for these scholarships you will need to have your Admissions application in before Early Admission Date of Dec 1.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant
Entitlement grant provided by the federal government.  The Pell Grants is need based and is 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 and will vary based on the student's EFC and the number of credit hours a student is enrolled each semester.

Due to changes in the Department of Education, the Federal Pell Grant program, has now been changed to Year Round Pell Grant.  Starting with the 1718 Academic year, eligible students can now use Federal Pell Grant to help pay towards Summer cost!! 

What does this mean for you?  This means as long as you meet the 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, we will determine your eligibility.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal grant program awarded to students with exceptional need.  Students must be Pell eligible to be considered for SEOG and must meet the application priority deadline date.

Federal TEACH Grant
A federal grant program for student's who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income families in a high need teach field.  The grant is awarded to students who apply and meet the defined program requirements.  If you are awarded a TEACH Grant and switch 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

Commonwealth Award
A state funded grant program that is awarded to undergraduate Virginia residents who have financial need.  Students must meet the application priority deadline date (Dec 1) to be considered for the award.  Students must be working on their first bachelor's degree and maintain satisfactory academic progress standards.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
A state funded grant program that is awarded to dependent Virginia residents who graduate from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 GPA, have financial need, and enroll full time.  Students must meet the application priority deadline date (Dec 1) to be considered for the award.

VGAP may be renewed for up three years if the student meets the renewal criteria.

  • In State Residency
  • Dependent Student
  • Exceptional Financial Need
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Full time enrollment
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Meet priority deadline each year
  • Increase to the next grade level upon completion of each full year

Virginia Transfer Grant (VTG)
A state funded grant program that is awarded to Virginia residents who have financial need, earned an Associates degree with a gpa of 3.0 or higher and have transferred to a four-year nonprofit college or university.  Students must have been enrolled as a first-time freshman in the two-year program, completed the associate degree program and enroll full time in a Virginia four-year non profit college or university by the fall or spring semester immediately following the completion of their associate degree program.  Students must complete the Virginia Transfer Grant application and submit their final transcripts with the application in order to be reviewed for this grant.  This grant review will not take place until after Radford University's census date each semester.

Institutional Grants

Highlander Grant
An institution funded grant program that began in Fall 2004 is awarded to students who have an exceptional financial need and meet the application priority deadline date (Dec 1).

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

Red and White and Academic Excellence Scholarships
The office of admissions will review all new freshman applications to determine if the student is eligible for an academic merit award -- Red and White (VA residents) or Academic Excellence (out-of-state) Scholarships.  To be considered, the application for admission must be received by the early admission date of Dec. 1.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Excellence Scholarship
Transfer students that have 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 admissions office by March 1.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
Transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa and have 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 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 have be admitted and paid their deposit.  A complete listing of scholarship opportunities can be found online at  

Any questions or concerns may be directed to Cherie Durbin in the Financial Aid Office at 540-831-5408 or by email at 

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