The University of Virginia believes that educational equality is not only about equal access to higher education but access to the best education in all its forms. We believe that students should be able to take advantage of superior academic programs as well as co-curricular opportunities, study abroad programs, leadership roles, and service learning to enrich themselves and the community. Additionally, attending college isn’t just about the classroom and activities. It is about finding a place where you can grow, express your individuality, and be a part of a tradition of success. The University wants each admitted student to be a part of the U.Va. experience, regardless of economic circumstance.
What is AccessUVa?
AccessUVa is the financial aid program for the University of Virginia. It guarantees 100 percent of the demonstrated need of students admitted to the University. This important program allows U.Va. to operate with a “need-blind” admission policy that bolsters efforts to attract the best students here and achieve socioeconomic diversity in the student population.
How Do I Apply?
By March 1st each year, our office must have received two application documents:
- FAFSA (for all students)
- CSS/PROFILE (for entering and transfer students ONLY)
- University Financial Aid Application (for returning students ONLY) which is found in the Finances section of your SIS Student Center. Look for the link that begins "Apply for financial aid . . ."
Entering students should watch for communications from the Office of Undergraduate Admission regarding the March 1st due date. DO NOT wait until after you receive your admission offer before applying for aid if you wish to be considered for state and University funds.
Returning students will have To Do List reminders placed on their student account in early January for the FAFSA and the UFAA. Our offices also take several steps to remind students and their parents of the March 1st due date. Failure to complete the required documents and to have them submitted to our office will result in the student receiving NO state or University funds for that academic year.
Transfer students have different deadlines based upon the semester in which they come to U.Va. You should always check published deadlines for your cohort to ensure you remain eligible for all forms of financial aid.