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Frequently Asked Questions About Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements for Academic Year 2020-2021

  • Students applying for need-based scholarships must file a 2020-2021 FAFSA prior to the on-line Scholarship Application deadline.
  • Update Hokie-Spa and major(s)/minor(s) information and expected graduation date!  Avoid becoming ineligible for scholarships by updating your record!  Check all contact information, anticipated graduation date, and major(s)/minor(s) etc.  Most scholarships have specific restrictions in the criteria that must be verified against the student record.
  • Review the ACIS Scholarship List to determine your eligibility for our current individual scholarships. Read the scholarship qualifications very carefully so that you do not apply for scholarships for which you are not eligible.
  • Update your resume.

Some scholarships mention specific GPA requirements.  For those that do not, recipients generally have an overall GPA of 3.4 or higher, but that can vary depending upon the applicant pool.

FAFSA Information

Yes, if you are applying for a need-based scholarship, because recipients will receive their scholarships in the 2020-2021 academic year.

No, you are not.

Go to the Financial Aid and Scholarships website for general information, helpful hints, FAFSA4caster, frequently asked questions, and a link to apply for the FAFSA on-line.  The FAFSA is available for completion, prior to the upcoming aid year, and must be submitted (with valid signatures) by Virginia Tech’s January 22nd priority deadline.

Yes and no. Yes, if you applied for scholarships that are not need-based. Unfortunately, no, if you applied for a need-based scholarship.  You MUST have a “complete” FAFSA by the deadline to be eligible for need-based scholarships.  If you submit your FAFSA and application by the deadline, but have outstanding paperwork or signatures to finalize your submission, your application cannot adequately be reviewed.  Therefore, your application will not be considered.  If you are aware of any problems that cannot be resolved by March 1, 2020, you must contact Fin Aid or Phyllis Neece prior to the deadline and an exception may be possible.

Log in to the VT Scholarship Central (AcademicWorks system) using your VT PID username and password at → Scholarship Central (

Applying for Scholarships

All applications must be complete and submitted online prior to the deadline of January 22, 2020.

Go to the Current Scholarship Listing on the ACIS website to view the ACIS Scholarship List.  These are updated yearly. Only ACIS scholarships are listed here, so if you are interested in applying for a university or college scholarship, you may contact Financial Aid or your individual college to inquire about their application procedures.

Compare your qualifications with the eligibility requirements listed for each scholarship.  If eligible, you may apply for one or more.  Please note that students may and should apply for multiple scholarships.

ALL need-based scholarships will be awarded ONLY to those students with financial-need, as determined by results from the 2020-2021 FAFSA.  You may use the FAFSA 4Caster to get a general estimate of your eligibility, but a 2020-2021 FAFSA must be completed by the deadline.

To properly award scholarships, class level is determined by credits.

Award Notification

All scholarship recipients will receive an e-mail notification by mid to late March.  It is noted that all recipients are required to attend the ACIS awards banquet to receive the scholarship.  Only scholarship recipients will be notified.

Yes.  The Annual ACIS Awards Banquet will be held in the spring of each year.  Your notification letter will include the banquet details.  Attendance is required to receive the scholarship.

Yes, recipients are required to attend.  Scholarship donors are invited, so you may have the opportunity to thank your donor in person! It is a very nice event that celebrates the achievements of ACIS students and the generosity of the donors.

Once you receive the scholarship, you will be required to write a “thank you” letter to the donor.  The scholarships are made possible through the generous support of our ACIS donors.  It is important for you to write a “thank you” letter to show appreciation to the donor.