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VSU Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2020 

Freshman

What if I did not take the SAT or ACT exam prior to the COVID 19 Pandemic?

In light of the global crisis and cancellation of the SAT and ACT exams, the Office of Admission has expanded its test optional review. Students with a GPA of 2.2 or higher, who have completed an application, and have submitted official high school transcripts will be considered for admission based upon their display of strong academic achievement in their core coursework.

Am I still eligible for a scholarship that was based on test scores?

At this time, VSU will not award scholarships to students who have not met the requirements for the Provost Scholarship (SAT 1080/ ACT 21) or the requirements for the Presidential Scholarship (SAT 1170/ACT 24.) This includes Provost Scholars who are retaking the SAT or ACT to achieve a higher score.

If I am able to take tests prior to enrollment, will I still be considered for a scholarship?

If students are given an opportunity to complete the SAT or ACT on scheduled dates in July and August, Virginia State University will accept SAT or ACT scores if they are received prior to the start of fall 2020 classes for purposes of awarding Presidential and Provost awards.

When is the deadline to pay my enrollment deposit?

VSU has extended the deposit deadline to June 1st for students who need additional time. Please be aware that all first time students will be assigned housing according to the date their application and payment is received Assignments will begin after June 1st and continue as payments and applications are received

When will I receive my Financial Aid Offer/Award letter?

Letters are scheduled to be delivered between April 6st and April 24th for new students who listed Virginia State University on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our code is 003764.

What could cause a delay in receiving my Financial Aid Offer/Award letter?

  • A student recently submitted their FAFSA. It typically takes 3-5 business days for the Department of Education to process your FAFSA. Once VSU receives your FAFSA, it could take 1-2 weeks to receive an offer/award letter if no other information is required to process your application.
  • A student failed to include VSU's school code (003764) on the FAFSA.
  • A student failed to provide a social security number (SSN) on their VSU admission application. Students will need to contact the Admissions Office at (804) 524-5901 to provide this information
  • A student's FAFSA is selected for verification. This is a federal process equivalent to an IRS audit in which about one third of applicants are selected to provide additional documentation to prove the validity of the information on their FAFSA. VSU will send student a letter requesting the required documents.

Will there still be an Orientation for new students?

We have postponed registration until further notice. We are considering many options for Orientation at this time. Details will be provided as they become available.

How can I stay informed of any new information?

Please continue to check the VSU website and follow VSU on social media. You may also contact the Admissions Office at (804) 524-5901 for specific information.

Transfer Students

Related to grade policies:

Will the class transfer and apply to general education and appropriate degree requirements if grade of *P+ is awarded in spring 2020? (indicates student earned a C or better in course.)

Yes, equivalent courses will transfer.

How will a grade of P+ on a spring course impact the student entering a competitive major?

The grade of P+ will not impact admission to any program at the University.

How will a grade of P+ on a spring course impact the student meeting a major requirement of a grade of B or higher?

The grade of P+ will not impact a student meeting a major requirement.

How will a grade of P+ on a spring course impact the GAA if it requires a letter grade higher than a  C on any courses?

The grade of P+ will not impact the GAA.

How will a grade of P+ on a spring course be treated if the course is a pre-req for a major-specific course that normally requires a minimum grade to enroll in the major course?

The grade of P+ will not impact a student meeting a prerequisite.

How will a grade of P+ (grade of C or better) or P- (grade of D) impact eligibility for the Transfer Grant?

We do not plan to change our requirements.  The current criteria requires an associate degree at a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the associate degree.  The grants are ultimately approved by SCHEV.

Related to transfer practices:

When should I request my transcript?

Students should request their transcripts at the end of the spring 2020 term to ensure we receive the most accurate and up-to-date academic history.

How will I register for my fall classes at the 4-year?

Registration for classes will be held during New Student Orientation. 

What if my 4-year orientation is cancelled?

The university will hold an orientation for all new students.  If required, academic departments will work with students throughout the summer for course scheduling.

When will I know if I am accepted at the 4-year?

We are on rolling admission and will provide a decision as soon as we receive a completed online application, a student’s transcript(s), and confidential report.

When will I know if I get housing at the 4-year?

We guarantee housing for all freshmen and sophomore students.  The Office of Residence Life and Housing will work closely with all new students to determine their housing needs.

Is it too late to apply for financial aid?

No.  Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible.  Our school code is 003764

What if my financial status has changed significantly, can I apply for more aid?  How?

Yes, the student/parent would need to submit a professional judgement request form, available on the Financial Aid webpage http://www.vsu.edu/financial-aid/documents-forms.php

What if I cannot pay my admissions deposit when it is due?

The Office of Enrollment Management has an enrollment fee deferral process for students facing financial difficulty.  The student must have a FAFSA on file with the university to be eligible.  Interested students should contact Admissions at 804-524-5902.

Can I still submit an application to the 4-year?

Yes, we are still accepting applications through August.

Can I request an unofficial evaluation of my transcript to see how credits will apply to my prospective major?  How?

 Yes.  Students should complete their free online application and submit their unofficial transcript.  The Office of Admission will evaluate the documentation and provide feedback on how many credits will be accepted. 

 Any additional transfer information you wish to include for your transfer students?

Virginia State University welcomes new transfer students year round. We make every effort to ensure that transfer students receive full credit for all course work successfully completed at other institutions.  We offer a $6,500 scholarship for students with an associate degree and a 3.0 GPA, which can be combined with the Two-Year College Transfer Grant (CTG).

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