Grants for Online Students
Federal Grant Programs
Federal Pell Grant: The Federal Pell Grant is available to low income students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree. Your eligibility is based on the outcome of your FAFSA and is FREE money granted to you by the Federal Government based on your need. This award ranges from $587-$5,730.
Some students may be affected by the Lifetime Eligibility Used requirements for the Federal Pell Grant. Click here for more information.
Virginia State Grant Programs
Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG): This is an estimated $3,100 state grant for residents of Virginia. To be eligible, students must be a domiciled Virginia resident, complete the 2014-15 VTAG application by the July 31 deadline, must not have moved to Virginia for the purpose of attending a post-secondary school, and pursuing undergraduate studies only. Students who have previously received VTAG in a prior award year do not need to complete the application.
Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant
Virginia Two Year College Transfer Grant (CTG): The standard award is $1,000 and up to an additional $1,000 for certain majors (science, teaching, mathematics, and nursing). To be eligible, students must complete a FAFSA, be an undergraduate in-state student (first time entering freshman no earlier than Fall 2007), be a Virginia domiciled resident, must not have moved to Virginia for the purposes of attending a post-secondary school, must meet the selective service requirements, have an EFC of $12,000 (or less depending on the year it was first awarded), must have earned an Associate's degree at a Virginia two-year public institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 for the Associate’s degree, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Bluefield College, and be enrolled full-time by fall semester following completion of the Associate's degree (limited to 3 years).
Gare LeCompte Adult Student Scholarship: Recipients of this scholarship must (1) be returning students who are participating in any of the online degree programs; (2) plan to be enrolled full-time and have a minimum GPA of 2.0; and (3) meet the July 31 application deadline.
Catherine Corte Payne Scholarship for Adult Learning: Recipients of this scholarship must (1) be currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in the online program; (2) be full-time and at least 25 years of age; (3) have and maintain a 2.0 GPA; and (4) meet the July 31 application deadline.
Viola Pauley Spangler Memorial Scholarship: Recipients of this scholarship must (1) be currently enrolled or plan on enrolling in the online program; (2) be full-time and at least 25 years of age; (3) have and maintain a 2.0 GPA; and (4) meet the July 31 application deadline.
To apply for these scholarships, please download their respective applications from our 2014-15 Forms & Resources.
We encourage students to seek aid from every possible source, such as Veteran's Affairs, Rehabilitative Services, employer reimbursement, employer pay, community and civic organizations, churches, and local scholarship programs. Students should also check out www.fastweb.com and www.finaid.org. Students should notify us if they are receiving an outside award, so that the expected award may be included in the award package. This will help determine your balance due at the start of the school year in advance of receiving these funds. It is also important that we include these awards in your financial aid package to avoid any federal overpayment conditions, which could affect your future eligibility for aid.
The Financial Aid Office maintains an outside scholarship listing with some known local, regional, and national scholarship resources. View the latest scholarships and grants.