Virginia Alternative State Aid

Beginning in January 2022, a new financial aid application is available for Virginia students who are ineligible to complete the federal FAFSA form, including undocumented students and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) Application will enhance college affordability for even more undergraduate students who call Virginia home.

The VASA application is designed to calculate students’ Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is then used to determine eligibility for state need-based financial assistance. This new state financial aid application is a free and safe way for students to pursue financial assistance for postsecondary education.

The official priority filing deadline for the VASA application is February 1 each year, but because VASA became available late this year, Mason has extended the filing deadline to May 1, 2022 for the 2022-23.

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Please note: The VASA application determines eligibility for Virginia need-based financial assistance and does not quality students for federal aid. Students who are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are strongly urged to complete it to qualify for federal and state need-based aid.  The VASA application should only be completed by Virginia residents who are ineligible for FAFSA funding.


For questions about eligibility or completing the application, please contact our Office of Student Financial Aid at (703) 993-2000 or through our webform.