Steps Specific for Virginia Community College Transfer Grants
  • Be a first-time entering freshman no earlier than fall 2007
  • Be an undergraduate in-state student
  • Meet selective service requirements
  • Have received an Associate’s degree at a Virginia two-year public institution
  • Have cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the Associate’s degree
  • Enroll full-time into a Virginia four-year public or Virginia four-year private nonprofit college or university by the fall or spring following completion of Associate’s degree
  • Enroll into a degree program not for religious training or theological education
  • Have applied for financial aid by completing the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the four-year institution’s deadline
  • Have financial need: defined as a federally calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 8,000, or less. For students first gaining eligibility as of fall 2012, the maximum EFC is 12,000. For students first gaining eligibility as of fall 2013, the maximum EFC is 12,000
  • Mail or fax completed application to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships:
  • Obtain the final, official community college transcript -  showing Associate’s Degree conferred –  and send it directly to the Office of Admissions.  Students are not eligible for this award until the final transcript is reviewed.  


Two Year College Transfer Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to submit an application?

You are not required to submit an application to be considered for the Two Year College Transfer Grant. However, submitting an application will make it easier for us to notify you if we require additional documentation.

Where do I send my transcript?

Please send any and all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Once they have uploaded the transcript into our virtual system, we can see and review it. Please make sure that you submit a final copy of your official transcript that shows your Associate’s Degree conferred.

Can JMU use the transcript I sent in with my application for Admission, or will I need to send a new transcript?

If the transcript sent with the application for Admission is your final transcript and shows that your Associate’s Degree has been conferred, then you will not need to send a new transcript.

How will I know if anything further is needed?

An item will appear on your To Do List in the Student Center of your MyMadison account. Clicking on the item will give a brief description of what is needed. This will also be updated once the required documents have been received.

When will my application be processed?

Preliminary review of submitted applications happens shortly before the beginning of the semester. However, full review of submitted applications happens a short time after the Add/Drop period has ended and the Enrollment Audit has been completed.

When will the offer show in MyMadison?

Once the review of students has been completed, the roster is sent to the state office (SCHEV) for approval. We are notified when the roster is approved, and at that point we begin adding the grant to eligible students’ Financial Aid Offer packages. This generally occurs near the middle of the semester.

When will the funds be disbursed?

Once the roster is approved by the state office (SCHEV) it can take approximately two to three weeks for funds to be received at JMU.

Why was my Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) / Commonwealth Award / JMU Grant reduced?

Per state regulations, if a student is receiving the VGAP or Commonwealth Award, or an equivalent grant, and is awarded the Two Year College Transfer Grant, the original grant amount must be recalculated to take into account the Transfer Grant. This results in a slight reduction of the original grant amount.

I am enrolled for fewer that 12 FA Hours this semester. If I am enrolled for 12 or more FA Hours next semester, can I still be considered for the grant?

Yes. If a student is only ineligible for the Transfer Grant due to less-than-full-time enrollment, then they can be reviewed the following term, under the Renewal criteria.

My GPA dropped below the required 3.0. If I raise it back up to meet the requirement, can I still be considered for the grant?

Unfortunately, once a student is deemed ineligible due to GPA, there is no way to regain eligibility.

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