Frequently Asked Questions – Master’s Degrees

What is the deadline date for submitting an application? 
REPEAT APPLICANTS: The Deadline date for submitting an application for the Master’s Degree grant for REPEAT APPLICANTS is MARCH 1 for fall and spring semesters and OCTOBER 1 for the spring semester only.   The site is open for applications to be submitted between January 1 and March 1 in the spring, and between August 1 and October 1 in the fall.  

NEW APPLICANTS:The  Deadline date for submitting an application for the Master’s Degree grant for NEW APPLICANTS is APRIL 1 for fall and spring semesters and OCTOBER 1 for the spring semester only. The site is open for applications to be submitted between January 1 and April 1 in the spring, and between August 1 and October 1 in the fall. 

Eligible schools are? 
Please see list of eligible schools listed under the degree you are seeking.

Must I be a U. S. Citizen?
Yes, Grants are available only to U. S. citizens. 

Must I be a resident of certain states?
You must be a resident of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee or West Virginia. 
Students must have lived in one of these states for a minimum of twelve months immediately prior to entering any educational institution.  You cannot establish residency while you are a student.  The Trustees reserve the right to determine residency. 

Are references required?
Yes.  Three references are required.  When you complete the on-line application form, you will be asked to send a request to your references by e-mail providing a link to the reference form for them to complete.

Can I receive aid if I attend classes at an extension campus?
No. You must attend classes on the main campus.

Must I submit an application on-line?
Yes, only applications submitted on-line are accepted.  Follow the link to the application you need to submit.  

Is a transcript of grades required?
Yes, you must submit your most recent transcript. 

Must I submit a new application for the grant each year?
Yes.  Grants are available for a maximum of 8 semesters for Master’s students.               
Submitting an application does not guarantee approval. 

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