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Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) Application

The VASA Application - or Virginia Alternative State Aid Application - is an alternative option available to certain students that are ineligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students that are eligible to receive Federal Title IV funds, should always complete the FAFSA application. In order to be eligible to file the FAFSA, you need to be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

Who should complete the VASA Application?

The VASA Application is available to Virginian students who are nonimmigrants, undocumented, have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, or are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA and want to be considered for state financial aid.  

Note: Students must meet domicile or Tuition Equity Provision requirements as set forth by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 

Where do I access the VASA Application?

The VASA Application can be completed at

What type of financial Aid might I be eligible for by completing the VASA Application?

A student that completes the VASA will be considered for and may be awarded the following:

  • You will be considered for state need-based financial aid, including the Commonwealth Award and Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Programs (VGAP).
  • You will be considered for some public institution awards reserved for Virginia residents.
  • You will be considered for W&M need-based financial aid grants.
Do I need to provide any other documents to W&M if I am completing the VASA form?
  • First-time applicants will need to complete the CSS Profile through The College Board (William & Mary's school code is 5115).
  • Continuing W&M students will only need to complete the VASA Application. 
I have more questions about the VASA Application.

SCHEV has created a VASA Questions and Answers document that you might find helpful.