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Commencement Requirements

Approved List of Students for Commencement

In order for your name to appear on the approved list, you must be academically cleared by the Registrar and the Department Chairperson. Senior grades are due in the system by 5:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2019.

Commencement Financial Requirements

The $60.00 Graduation Fee is due by May 1, 2019.The deadline to clear all account balances and student fees (telephone balances, parking fines, university loans and unpaid tuition and fee balances) is May 1, 2019.  If you have not cleared your account balance, you will not receive your diploma or official transcripts until your balance has been paid.  All payments can be made online via the web at www.vsu.edu, click on Trojan Link, and select Banner.  Payments can also be made at the Cashiers Office in person, by mail (Cashiers Office, VSU, and PO Box 9125, Petersburg, VA 23806) or via telephone (804-524-5150).  Payments must include the student’s name and V-number.

Exit Interviews – Stafford Loans

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all recipients of a Federal Stafford Loan must complete mandatory exit interviews with the Office of Financial Aid.  Failure to complete the mandatory exit interviews will result in you not receiving your diploma. To complete the exit interview students must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the on-line Exit Counseling at www.studentloans.gov 
 exit flyer

Sessions begin EVERY HOUR (Ex. 9am, 10am, etc.)

It is important that you are aware and understand the various repayment options available to you in managing your student loan debt.  Specifically, the Exit Interview will cover the following:

  • A repayment plan that will fit your circumstances;
  • Make repaying your loans as simple as possible
  • Develop a workable budget for your new life out of school
  • Review your rights and responsibilities as a Federal Direct Loan Borrower.

For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (800) 823-7214 or (804) 524-5990..

Exit Interviews – Perkin Loans

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all recipients of a Federal Perkins Loan must complete mandatory exit interviews with the Office of Student Accounts. Failure to complete the mandatory exit interviews will result in you not receiving your diploma.

Federal Perkins Loan Exit Interviews will be done through Heartland (ECSI), our loan ser-vicer. If an exit interview is needed for a Federal Perkins Loan, you will receive notification from Heartland (ECSI), and the VSU Collections Office, along with instructions on how to complete the exit.

If you were awarded a Federal Perkins Loan and you do not receive notification or if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Accounts at (804) 524-5339.

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