Financial Aid


Admissions Scholarship: Offered through School of Dentistry Admissions Office

Service Commitment Scholarships

Federal Student Loans 

You must meet certain requirements to qualify for Federal Student Aid, see requirements. If you are eligible for federal aid, you can apply for assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You must complete FAFSA yearly to be offered assistance.

Apply for Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2023-2024.

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Apply for Federal Student Loan Debt Relief 

*Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) If you are failing SAP then you are no longer eligible for Federal or Institutional Financial Aid at VCU, such as Federal Direct Loans and scholarships and grants. If a student is failing SAP, then they may look to a private loan as it is one the few options remaining. However if you are failing SAP, it is important to make your lender aware of this so that they may offer you a loan that does not require good SAP standing.

Financial Aid for D.5 Program

Alternative/Private Loans

Only private loans are available for the D.5 program. You must apply as an undergraduate student for aid while taking graduate courses, since this a preliminary year of study prior to being enrolled in the DDS program

VCU will not recommend nor endorse any private student loan lender to students. Students are encouraged to compare respective lender borrowing terms and conditions. VCU accepts all non-federal private student loan lenders who will offer you a loan. Most lenders will send the loan proceeds to VCU electronically to disburse to your account. 

Credit checks are required for a private student loan, and also for their co-signer. These credit checks are known as "hard inquiries." A hard inquiry could lower your scores by a few points, or it may have a negligible effect on your credit scores. In most cases, a single hard inquiry is unlikely to play a huge role in whether you're approved for a loan.

Not all private lenders offer loans for international/DACA/undocumented students. However, there are some lenders that do. Should you be concerned about this, you should check with your lender to see if they have an option that best meets the needs of you and your family. 

More information on private loans can be viewed here.