“By asking more of our children, from preschool through their senior year, we will better prepare them for success and productive citizenship in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”
— Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. Former Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia offers a variety of financial aid programs such as grants, scholarships, and other awards for students who want to further their education beyond high school.
To qualify for federal and other sources of financial aid, you must file the FAFSA. Check with your financial aid administrator for school deadlines.
- Early College Scholars Program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferrable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies.
- GEAR UP Virginia! provides resources for students from low-income families to prepare for college.
- Virtual Virginia (VVa), a program of the Virginia Department of Education, provides long-distance learning for middle and high school students.
- Path to Industry Certification Program encourages students to earn an industry certification while still in high school. Often, this technical preparation will continue after graduation from high school.
- Virginia's Automated Labor Exchange (ALEX) offers job seekers several options for a self-directed job search in specific Virginia cities and counties, a national job search by state, military specialty, government jobs, and other national sites for jobs and employment information.