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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 40. State Council of Higher Education For Virginia
Chapter 132. Virginia Student Financial Assistance Program Regulations

8VAC40-132-110. VGAP eligibility criteria for an initial award.

In order to participate, an undergraduate student shall:

1. Be enrolled full-time into an eligible program on or after the term's census date;

2. Be a domiciliary resident of Virginia;

3. Demonstrate financial need;

4. Be a graduate from a Virginia high school.

a. Students obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) certificate are not eligible.

b. Exceptions to graduating from a Virginia high school are granted for students who:

(1) Are dependent children of active-duty military personnel residing outside the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to military orders and claiming Virginia on their State of Legal Residence Certificate and satisfying the domicile requirements for such active duty military personnel pursuant § 23.1-502 of the Code of Virginia;

(2) Have completed a program of home school instruction in accordance with § 22.1-254.1 of the Code of Virginia; or

(3) Have been excused from school attendance pursuant to subsection B of § 22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia;

5. For a high school graduate, have at least a cumulative 2.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, at the time of admission to the institution or according to the latest available high school transcript. In the absence of a high school transcript indicating the grade point average, the institution must have on file a letter from the student's high school certifying the student's high school GPA;

6. For a student meeting the high school graduate exception in subdivision 4 b (1) or 4 b (2) of this section, have earned a math and verbal combined scores of at least 900 for SATs taken prior to March 1, 2016, or at least 980 for SATs taken on or after March 1, 2016; or have earned ACT composite scores of 19 or above; and

7. Have complied with federal selective service registration requirements, unless the following apply:

a. The requirement to register has terminated or become inapplicable to the student; and

b. The student shows by preponderance of the evidence that failure to register was not a knowing and willful failure to register.

Statutory Authority

§ 23.1-636 of the Code of Virginia.Derived from Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 5, eff. November 1, 2017.

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