Apply for Financial Aid

VMI admits applicants regardless of financial circumstances or aid eligibility. When creating a financial aid award including loans for students, the Office of Financial Aid works to provide the best package possible based on the information provided.

2024-25 FAFSA Updates

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will see the implementation of some of the biggest changes in recent times to this important aid application. Due to the significant changes to both the application itself and the processing system updates and upgrades, the 2024-23 FAFSA will NOT be available October 1, 2023 (as it normally would be). Federal Student Aid has indicated the application will be available "sometime in December 2023". Visit VMI's FAFSA Updates page for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Prospective Students

Please note, an individual must be appointed to the Institute before a final financial aid offer is made. Award estimates will be available when financial aid requirements are complete, and sent to applicants. These estimates are not guaranteed and subject to changeApply to join the Corps of Cadets today and contact the admissions team with any questions.

The Financial Aid Process at VMI:

  1. Create an FSA ID and password on the Federal Student Aid website to serve as your electronic signature.  
    The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) will be available sometime in December for free to complete on the Federal Student Aid website using prior-year taxes. We encourage families to file regardless of income and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  2. Financial aid estimates will be provided on all documents are received.
  3. If appointed, you will be notified of your final award amounts.

Current Cadets

The process for applying for financial aid is the same for current cadets except for having to apply for admission to the Institute.

Upload Documents Securely to Financial Aid


  FAFSA Priority Deadline – March 1 -  If you miss the Priority Deadline, you should still complete the FAFSA and Statement of Educational Purpose. However, the availability of funds will be limited.  Tips for completing or correcting the FAFSA


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