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General Information

Winter Session is a shortened academic session which allows students to earn a minimum of 3 additional credits during the academic year. For financial aid purposes, the Winter Session is considered to be a part of the fall semester. Winter Session financial aid is available only to students seeking a degree from Virginia Tech. Due to the limited availability of financial aid, funding is not guaranteed. 

Need financial aid for Winter classes?  There’s no special financial aid application for Winter session if you’ve already completed the most recent FAFSA!

Just register for your classes and the Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid will notify you by email after November 1 with your financial aid options.  Most students take advantage of Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS or Private Loans to fund winter classes.  


Financial aid available for students (enrolled in 3 or more credits):

Winter Session Grant: This grant is funded by Virginia Tech. Unmet need, as determined by the FAFSA, is required.

Federal Pell Grant: Eligible students enrolled less than full-time for the fall semester will automatically be evaluated for potential Pell Grant eligibility.

Brookings Loan: This institutional loan is funded by Virginia Tech. Unmet need, as determined by the FAFSA, is required. Note: Brookings Loan may not be consolidated with other federal loans upon graduation.

Private/Alternative Loans: Please see Private and Alternative Loans, for additional information including application process (November 1 deadline).

Additional financial aid options (enrolled at least half time during fall semester):

 Federal Parent PLUS Loan (dependent students only): Requires a minimum enrollment of six credits. Additional information

Graduate PLUS Loans (graduate students only): Requires a minimum of five credits. Additional information. Deadline is November 1 for both these options.

Winter Travel/Education Abroad

Students attending a Winter Travel/Education Abroad program must complete the 2019-2020 Global Education Program Documentation Form.


The earliest date that refunds are available for students who attend Virginia Tech during the fall semester is December 23. If Winter Session is the first time you are attending Virginia Tech, the earliest date your refund is available is January 9.