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VCAN Scholarship

Virginia College Affordability Network (VCAN)  Scholarship

Norfolk State University is proud to present the Virginia College Affordability Network (VCAN) Scholarship. The NSU VCAN scholarship initiative will provide free tuition funding to Pell-eligible first-year students. Eligible students must live within 25 miles proximity of NSU’s campus.  Priority is placed on students from Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth. The program was specifically designed to provide college access to local students with limited financial resources and ensure the student’s completion at our university. The NSU VCAN scholarship initiative builds upon the mission of the National College Access Network; which is to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success, especially for those who are underrepresented in postsecondary education. NSU is proud to be able to provide college access to students within our community!  

To qualify students must:

  • Meet admissions requirements and be admitted as a first-year student
  • Have a FAFSA (FAFSA Code: 003765) on file with NSU
  • Be Pell Grant eligible based on FAFSA information. 
  • Complete VCAN Application (application opens 10|1)


Norfolk State University is committed to transforming students’ lives through exemplary teaching, research and service.  Both NSU and VCAN are committed to support post-high school education access to local Virginia residents.

For additional questions email us at  nsuvcan@nsu.edu