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Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for students and their families. For that reason, for the 2020-2021 academic year, undergraduate UVA Fall and Spring tuition will include an option for a domestic J-term course. So long as a student accumulates no more than 33 credits in Fall, J-term, and Spring (cumulative), the student may also take one course in Summer Session I without extra charge. The University received federal funds pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. That funding will enable us to continue providing our students with emergency hardship support expenses related to the disruption of on-Grounds operations due to COVID-19. More information is below. Finally, if your financial situation has changed as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to Student Financial Services at sfs@virginia.edu in order to learn about the appeals process for Fall 2020 need-based financial aid decisions have FAQs below that provide more information on Financial Aid, including the CARES act.

Tuition & Fees

The University is not planning to make any changes to its current tuition, which was approved by the Board of Visitors in December of 2019.

Will tuition and fees be the same whether my classes are online or in-person?

Tuition will not vary between online and in-person classes because both options offer the same academic content and ability for students to earn credit. Our faculty and staff are working very hard to ensure that instruction and student engagement in the Fall remain at our high standards of excellence, despite the unprecedented conditions. In order to provide students more flexibility, tuition for the Fall and Spring semesters will also cover one course during the J-Term and one course in the first Summer session, as described within this FAQ.

Students enrolled at the University of Virginia are assessed a mandatory fee which assists in paying for the facilities and services available to full-time regular session students. The mandatory fee supports (1) activities that are available to all students – regardless of whether classes are in-person or on-line – such as Student Health telemedicine, Newcomb Hall online programming, some virtual recreational offerings, technology support, software licensing, and academic credentialing; (2) long-term costs such as debt service, associated with maintaining essential infrastructure that must be sustained so that opportunities remain viable and available to all students over their academic career; and (3) activities that presume a physical presence on-Grounds, such as athletic events, University transit services, recreational facilities, and art performances. For Fall 2020, we recognize that certain services in the third category will not be fully available for students who are not living or learning on-Grounds or in the local community of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Accordingly, the University is reducing the Fall 2020 mandatory fee for those in-state and out-of-state students who will not be living or learning on Grounds or in the local community by $662.

When is my fall 2020 payment for tuition and fees due?
To allow time for students to determine whether they will study in Charlottesville or away at their permanent residence this fall, the deadline for making payments for tuition and fees has been changed for all undergraduate students and for graduate students in all schools except Darden, Medicine, and Law. Student Financial Services maintains a complete listing of billing and due dates for all schools and many special programs.

Financial Aid

The University recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed considerable financial strain on many students and their families. We are committed to finding ways to support students going forward through financial aid and additional opportunities that are currently being considered.

Do I need to take a certain number of credits each semester to remain eligible for financial aid?
Need-based aid from the University and federal loans require the student to attend at least half time (typically this means enrolling in a minimum of 6 credit hours per term) to remain eligible.
My family’s financial situation has been impacted substantially by the pandemic. How can I find out if I qualify for additional financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year?
If your financial situation has changed as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to Student Financial Services at sfs@virginia.edu in order to learn about the appeals process for Fall 2020 need-based financial aid decisions.
Is CARES Act funding still available?

The University has been distributing funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to eligible students who require emergency financial aid grants because of challenges due to COVID-19. If you have emergency need outside the scope of Delayed Opening Assistance, you may be eligible for fall CARES Act funding. The fall application will be available August 10th. Any student who does not qualify for the Delayed Opening Assistance can apply for CARES funding for technology needs or emergency food assistance for the fall semester.

My mother/father/guardian lost their job, and this has an impact on my ability to remain enrolled. What can UVA do to help?
If your financial situation has changed as a result of the pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to Student Financial Services at sfs@virginia.edu in order to learn about the appeals process for Fall 2020 need-based financial aid decisions.
Will work-study be available in the Fall?
Work-study funding from the federal government will be available in the Fall.

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