On June 11, Governor Northam issued reopening guidance for institutions of higher education. Read the Governor’s press release.
Virginia Graduates Together!
Virginians across the Commonwealth joined Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam to honor the remarkable achievements of the class of 2020 during a statewide virtual celebration on May 29. The broadcast and streaming event, “Virginia Graduates Together,” was produced by Virginia Public Media (VPM) in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Department of Education.
CARES Act: HEERF Emergency Financial Aid for Students
On April 30th, the U.S. Department of Education issued the final allocation under the Higher Education Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Department of Education COVID-19 HEERF page contains a summary and contact information for students.
Please note that the disbursement of aid is at the discretion of the individual institution as noted in the CARES Act Certification and Agreement: "3. Recipient retains discretion to determine the amount of each individual emergency financial aid grant consistent with all applicable laws including non-discrimination laws." and "4.(c) Recipient shall ...(i) report to the Secretary ... how grants were distributed to students, the amount of each grant awarded to each student, how the amount of each grant was calculated, and any instructions or directions given to students about the grants;"
Accordingly, students should contact their institution's financial aid office directly if they have questions about emergency aid.
Emergency Financial Aid Grants FAQs
General HEERF FAQs
College Admissions Information
For the latest information on college access and admissions at Virginia’s colleges and universities, check out this resource, including information on decisions deadlines, tips for students and virtual tours. Please see your college's website for the most up-to-date info.
Student Loan Borrowers
SCHEV’s Student Loan Advocate offers guidance for student loan borrowers weighing their options for repayment in light of an uncertain financial future. In addition, see the latest borrower focused guidance from the federal government.
SAT and ACT Updates
These links provide updated information related to taking the SATs and ACTs.
SAT Plans for 2020
ACT to offer students additional summer test date options and ACT test online at home
Tool for Writing Financial Aid Appeal Letters
A financial aid appeal process is available, if your financial situation has changed substantially and you want your financial aid package to be reconsidered. This free resource helps students streamline the appeal process and provides assistance to families who need guidance and support to write financial aid appeal letters.
Basic College Student Needs
College students, while you may feel that you are the only one trying to figure out how to pay bills, how to relocate and store your things, how to take care of your health, and how to manage emotionally... you are not alone. Others are experiencing the same challenges. The following guides provide resources that show that the community cares about you and your needs:
Student Guide to Surviving COVID-19 [pdf]
Beyond the Food Pantry [pdf]
GEAR UP Virginia COVID-19 Update
The COVID outbreak poses difficulties in serving the GEAR UP cohort of 2020 students as they graduate from high school and transition to postsecondary. Read more in this newsletter from Gear Up Virginia.
Nursing Education Program Waivers
The Virginia Department of Health Professions issued temporary waivers related to clinical hours for those in nursing education programs.