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Financial Aid Grant types include federal, state, and institutional programs. - Learn more about grants

Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA)

Beginning in January 2022, a new financial aid application is available for Virginia students who are ineligible to complete the federal FAFSA form, including undocumented students and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.


The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) Application will enhance college affordability for even more undergraduate students who are Virginia residents.

The VASA application is designed to calculate students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is then used to determine eligibility for state need-based financial assistance. This new state financial aid application is a free and safe way for students to pursue financial assistance for postsecondary education.

The official priority filing deadline for the VASA application is February 1 each year, but because VASA became available late this year, NSU has extended the filing deadline to August 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 academic year.

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Please note: The VASA application determines eligibility for Virginia need-based financial assistance and does not quality students for federal aid. Students who are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are strongly urged to complete it to qualify for federal and state need-based aid.  The VASA application should only be completed by Virginia residents who are ineligible for FAFSA funding.


If scholarships and grants are not sufficient to cover educational expenses, a loan may fill a student's remaining financial need. Student loans, unlike grants and scholarships, must be repaid, with interest in most cases. Students should be prudent in deciding the amount of money to borrow and carefully consider the amount they will have to repay over the years. There are various types of loans that students may consider. - Learn more about loans


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