Fall 2019 Special Enrollment Options

As you read in the letter that you recently received from Virginia Tech Admissions, more first-year students than expected have accepted offers of admission to Virginia Tech for fall 2019. The special enrollment options presented below, which are designed for specific in-state students in programs with higher-than-anticipated fall enrollments, provide the university with opportunities to enhance student services across the campus and for incoming students to get an early start on college, take advantage of alternative co-curricular learning experiences, and make the cost of a Virginia Tech education even more affordable.

Your fall 2019 acceptance into one of these high enrollment academic programs makes you eligible to apply for any of the following three special enrollment options:

Option 1: Guaranteed Admissions Program GAP2020 - Take a gap year, with guaranteed admission to Virginia Tech in fall 2020.

This option allows you to take a gap year and receive an additional $1,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years. You’ll now have the opportunity to travel, work, engage in a service project, or any other endeavor that is important to you. We will honor your current Virginia Tech scholarships and give you priority for on-campus housing when you enroll at Virginia Tech next year.

Will I need to do any additional paperwork to receive the $1,000 tuition scholarship?

No, but you must confirm your re-enrollment in 2020 by June 1, 2020.

Will I be guaranteed housing for Fall 2020?
Yes, you will be guaranteed Virginia Tech campus housing.

Will I still be considered a first-year student?
Yes, you will begin Fall 2020 as a first-year student.

What are the financial aid implications of choosing this option? 
If you were awarded a Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program award this fall, you will not be eligible to receive it next fall, but you could be eligible for the Commonwealth grant in the fall of 2020. This difference in these awards could be up to $6,000 over four years. However, the $1,000 tuition scholarship for four years would defray most of this difference. Email finaid@vt.edu for more info.

Option 2: Guaranteed Admission Transfer Program GRANT2020 - Wait a year to enroll at Virginia Tech while taking classes at your community college.

Choose this option and save your first day on campus for fall 2020! You'll still be guaranteed admission and we will honor your current Virginia Tech scholarships and give you priority for on-campus housing when you enroll next year. This option also provides you with a grant equal to the costs you will pay for tuition and fees for attendance at a Virginia Community College System (VCCS) institution during the 2019-2020 academic year. Additionally, you are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to support an internship, cooperative learning experience (co-ops), study abroad or other experiential learning opportunities during your enrollment at Virginia Tech. We will provide academic advising support to ensure that your VCCS credits will transfer and count toward your Virginia Tech degree.

How do I know what classes I should take at the community college?
Based on your major, we can provide a set of courses that will transfer in without delaying your graduation date. Email advising@vt.edu for more info.

What community college do I have to attend?
Any Virginia Community College System institution is acceptable.

Will the community college receive money from Virginia Tech for me to attend?
No. Once you begin your Fall 2020 term, we will provide a tuition credit equal to the cost of the transferrable courses you take. Email finaid@vt.edu for more info.

Do I have to maintain a certain GPA at the community college to attend Fall 2020?
Yes, you will need to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA at the Virginia Community College System institution.

Is there a certain grade I will need to earn in each class I take?
Yes, for the credit to be transferred, you will need at least a “C” grade in the course.

Are all classes at a community college available for reimbursement?
No, only transferrable courses will be reimbursed and applied to your Fall 2020 term.

If I receive below a “C” grade in a community college course as part of this option, will it be reimbursed?
No, a grade of “C” or higher is required to receive a tuition credit for the Fall 2020 term.

What are the financial aid implications of choosing this option?
You would not see any difference in your aid eligibility as long as you remain continuously enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credits) at the community college for each semester (fall 2019 and spring 2020), advance to the next grade level at the end of spring 2020 (by accumulating a total of 30 transferrable credits), and get at least a 2.0 GPA. Your transcript will be required as evidence that you met these criteria. Email finaid@vt.edu for more info.

Option 3: Experience 2020 -  Summer start and summer finish tuition-free, with fall or spring enrollment on campus.

Start taking courses at Virginia Tech during our summer session (which begins July 9) with 6 credits (2 courses) tuition-free. Then enroll full-time (15 credits) beginning in either the fall or spring semester. During your term away from Blacksburg, you can choose to enroll at a community college or take a semester off to travel, work, engage in a service project, or any other endeavor that is important to you. Return to campus to finish the academic year in the summer of 2020 with up to 9 credits (3 courses) tuition-free. An additional grant of up to $2,000 will be available to you to support internships, co-ops or other approved experiential learning opportunities during your enrollment at Virginia Tech. Regular tuition and fees apply for fall or spring semesters.

How long is each class during the summer term?
A typical three-credit class takes place Monday through Friday for 75 minutes each day.

Do I still attend orientation?
Yes. Summer Academy students will participate in orientation Monday, July 8 with a special session held for Summer Academy family members on Sunday, July 7. The Office of New Student and Family Programs will send additional information.

When will I move into my fall residence hall?
If you are selected to be on-campus for the Fall term, you will have the opportunity to move your belongings to your fall residence hall at the end of Summer Session II.

Am I allowed to live off campus during Summer Academy?
Yes, with permission from Housing and Residence Life. Students seeking permission to live off campus should send a request to housing@vt.edu.

Will I need to file another FAFSA for the summer session?
Financial Aid for summer 2019 requires the 2018-19 FAFSA. Email finaid@vt.edu for more info.

What are the financial aid implications of choosing this option?
It depends on which semester is your time away.  If you do not attend in the fall 2019 semester and you were awarded a Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program award you will not be eligible to receive it, but you could be eligible for the Commonwealth grant in the spring of 2020 and in continuing semesters. This difference in aid could be up to $5,250 over four years. However, the $3,000 experiential learning scholarship would defray some of this difference. Additionally, the 15 credits of free tuition and fees in both summers would cover the remaining difference.

If you do not attend the spring 2020 semester and were awarded a Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program award you will receive it in the fall semester, but you will not get it in the spring or in subsequent years.  However, you could be eligible for the Commonwealth grant in subsequent years. This difference in aid could be up to $5,250 over four years. However, the $3,000 experiential learning scholarship would defray some of this difference.  Additionally, the 15 credits of free tuition and fees in both summers would cover the remaining difference. Email finaid@vt.edu for more info.

Will I have to complete loan exit counseling due to a break in my enrollment associated with Option 3? 
Yes.  Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify you of this requirement. You must complete it in order to be awarded aid when you return from your semester off.

If I take a semester off in the fall or spring, will I have to begin repaying any loans that I have taken out? 
It depends on which semester is your time away. Loans must be repaid if you have a break in enrollment of more than 6 months. If you are enrolled in the fall and take out loans to assist with your education it will affect you if you do not return to take classes and enroll in at least six credits in the summer semester. That is because the break between December and May would be greater than 6 months. You can expect to receive information about loan repayment from your lender. Do not ignore it. Contact the lender and make arrangements for payment or deferment. The good news is that as soon as you enroll in at least six credits your loan payments would be deferred while you attend at least half time.

Spaces in these programs are limited and approvals are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to apply is June 6 and we will notify the outcome of the applications to all students no later than June 14. If you decline all options, it will not affect your current status as an accepted student to Virginia Tech and we’ll look forward to welcoming you this fall.

If you have questions regarding these special enrollment options or need clarification on eligibility, terms or conditions of offer, please email enrolloptions@vt.edu or call the Virginia Tech Admissions office at 540-231-9797.

What happens to the $400 matriculation fee I paid when I accepted the offer of admission?
We will roll over your matriculation fee for the start of your new term.

I am an accepted student, but did not receive an invitation letter to apply for this special enrollment option. Am I eligible to participate?
This offer was made within specific majors that have higher-than-expected enrollments. If you did not receive the offer, your major is not considered in this group and therefore you are not eligible. Email enrolloptions@vt.edu for more info.


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