Enroll in a G3 Program in Three Simple Steps

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Virginia’s Community Colleges offers G3 tuition assistance at all 23 of its community colleges. So, while it’s easier than ever to find a G3 program close to you (you’re never more than 30 minutes from a community college in Virginia), we’re breaking down the steps to apply and enroll in a G3-approved program.

Remember, before you get started, there are some basic eligibility rules in place. You must:

  • Qualify for in-state financial aid
  • Have a total household income roughly less than $100,000 for a family of four
  • Be enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours at a local community college
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have applied for federal and/or state financial aid

Step One: Apply to Virginia’s Community Colleges

Using the application found at apply.vccs.edu, apply to your local community college.

Step Two: Fill out the FAFSA

Head over to the FAFSA website and complete the form for the time you wish to attend school. Prepare yourself, this is a long process that requires lots of documentation. If you’re under 25, you may also need a parent and their documentation, too.

Step Three: Work with your college’s admissions and financial aid support team

From here, you’ll work through how much financial aid you’ve been awarded – and it’s at this time you find out if you’re eligible to receive G3 funding.

Step Four: Enroll in classes

This step may happen close to the same time as Step Three, because in order to receive G3 funding, you must be in a “G3 program.” These vary by college, but will generally fall into one of five career buckets: Early Childhood Education, Healthcare, Information Technology, Public Safety and Skilled Trades.

To learn more about G3-approved programs at your local community college, use our College Locator tool and be sent directly to your local community college’s G3 page.