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How to Apply for Financial Aid

Virginia Highlands Community College encourages all students to apply for financial aid at This is the first step and the basis for all financial aid, grants and scholarships. The process is required to be completed each year the student plans to attend. The current financial aid year begins with the 2016 Summer semester ending with the following 2017 Spring semester and is based upon 2015 tax information. To be assured of notification of financial aid eligibility before the beginning of the semester classes, the college recommends the following priority application dates: 

  • Summer 2016 - May 1
  • Fall 2016 - May 1
  • Spring 2017- October 1

Completing the FAFSA by these dates ensures the student will be fully considered for all federal, state and institutional financial aid. Late applications are accepted after the priority dates but funding may not be guaranteed. Institutional assistance will be awarded based on availability of funds. In the event that the Office of Financial Aid requests documentation after the FAFSA process has been completed, this should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure timely notification of the student’s eligibility for financial aid.

School Code

  • To complete the FAFSA application and have your information sent to VHCC, you must include our School Code: 007099 on your application.

Top Tips for Creating an FSA ID

Federal Student Aid (FSA) now requires each student and one parent (if student is dependent) to create a FSA ID and password to log in to the FAFSA. The FSA ID also acts as the student and parents electronic signature for the FAFSA.

  • Access the FSA ID creation page at
  • The following tips apply to both the student and parent, as you both must create separate ID’s.
  • Use an email address that you can access at any given time.
  • Verify that your Social Security Number and DOB are correct.
    • If your name, SSN and/or DOB doesn’t not match up with the Social Security Administration this could cause significant delays, as they verify your identity.
  • You will be asked to verify your FSA pin number, which was used to sign the FAFSA in the past. 
    •  Students - If you have never completed a FAFSA, you will not have a pin number.
    • Parent - If you have completed a FAFSA for yourself or an older child, you will have a pin number.
  • You will be required to pick two challenge questions that FSA provides and two that you must create. Be sure to pick and create challenge questions that require facts for answers.
    • Example: What is my mothers/fathers first name?
  • You will then be required to enter a significant date in your life. You cannot use your DOB. The date should be enter with slashes like so : 11/11/2015
  • Once you have entered all of the required fields, FSA will immediately send a secure code to the email address you provided at the beginning. Enter the code and you should receive confirmation that your FSA ID has been created. You will then be ready to log in and begin completing the FAFSA.

For additional information click on Helpful Web Sites or contact our Financial Aid Office at  276-739-2555 .

Last updated: 2/28/2017 12:35:48 PM