Virginia Alternative State Aid Application

The Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) Application is an alternative option to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Who should file a VASA Application? Virginians who are nonimmigrants, undocumented, have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or are otherwise ineligible to file the FAFSA and want to be considered for state financial aid. Note: Students must meet domicile or Tuition Equity Provision requirements.

Students who complete the VASA will not be eligible for federal grants, loans, or work-study, they can be considered for state grants.


The VASA Application is provided by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to enable certain students to apply for state financial aid as authorized under § 23.1-505.1. of the Code of Virginia.