PVCC Extends Free Tuition and Fees Opportunity to All for Spring Semester
Charlottesville, Va. – October 26, 2021 – Piedmont Virginia Community College is excited to announce the extension of the PVCC4U. 100%! tuition assistance program to all eligible, new and returning students who enroll in the spring 2022 semester. Originally launched in May 2021, the innovative program covers one hundred percent of tuition and fees for those who qualify. The program helps ensure that many of those in the region who wish to go to college are not hindered by the costs. The program was explicitly designed to make critical impact and help the community rebound from the pandemic.
During the current fall semester, the PVCC4U. 100%! program has made it possible for 431 students to receive $508,842 in additional funding to cover the full cost of their tuition and fees. For the full academic year, PVCC estimates $1.4 million in funding for over 700 students.
“PVCC is one hundred percent committed to helping ensure access to quality education. We are thrilled to be able to extend our commitment to fully cover tuition and fees for as many students as possible for the upcoming spring semester. PVCC4U. 100%! has been a remarkable success,” shared PVCC President Frank Friedman. “We know that over 430 students have benefitted from the program, many of whom would be unable to attend our college without this assistance.”
To be eligible for free tuition and fees through PVCC4U. 100%! in the spring, students must:
- Be a Virginia resident
- Complete the financial aid application process
- Have a family income of $100,000 or less or have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19
- Enroll in 6 credit hours or more in the upcoming spring semester
To get started and confirm eligibility, visit www.pvcc.edu/pvcc4u100. Additional sources of financial assistance are available for those who do not qualify for PVCC4U. 100%!
“Across Virginia, we are seeing far too many students miss out on the benefits of financial aid. The PVCC4U. 100% program has allowed us to break from this trend by encouraging more students to complete the financial aid process,” said Friedman. “We are proud to provide this important resource to help students start, continue or complete their college education in order to prepare for a good job and a career in the post-pandemic world.”
Virginia is currently ranked twenty-sixth nationally for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, with a 52.7 percent completion rate. Approximately 15,000 Virginia high school seniors who would have been eligible for Pell grants did not complete the FAFSA, amounting to more than $58 million in federal aid left on the table.
PVCC accepts FAFSAs on a continuous basis. The number of current and prospective students completing FAFSAs for the current academic year has already exceeded the total received for all of the previous academic year. From October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 there were 4,064 submitted applications; 4,200 FAFSAs have been submitted thus far in the current academic year.
About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.
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