Apply for Financial Aid

VMI admits applicants regardless of financial circumstances or aid eligibility. When creating a financial aid award including loans for students, the Office of Financial Aid works to provide the best package possible based on the information provided.

Prospective Students

Please note, an individual must be appointed to the Institute before a final financial aid offer is made. Award estimates will be available when financial aid requirements are complete, and sent to applicants. These estimates are not guaranteed and subject to changeApply to join the Corps of Cadets today and contact the admissions team with any questions.

The Financial Aid Process at VMI:

  1. Create an FSA ID and password on the Federal Student Aid website to serve as your electronic signature.  
    Beginning October 1, the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) is available for free to complete on the Federal Student Aid website using prior-prior year taxes. We encourage families to file regardless of income and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
    • Students should specify 003753 as the code number for Virginia Military Institute. 
    • Apply now: Federal Student Aid website. Deadline March 1.
      • Should you believe you are not eligible to complete the FAFSA and are a Virginia Resident, see Virginia Alternative State Aid for possible alternatives that might allow you to receive state aid.  If you have questions, please contact our office at 540-464-7217.
  2. Submit the VMI Statement of Educational Purpose along with your admission application. Deadline March 1.
  3. Financial aid estimates will be provided on all documents are received.
  4. If appointed, you will be notified of your final award amounts.

Current Cadets

The process for applying for financial aid is the same for current cadets except for having to apply for admission to the Institute.

Upload Documents Securely to Financial Aid


  FAFSA Priority Deadline – March 1 -  If you miss the Priority Deadline, you should still complete the FAFSA and Statement of Educational Purpose. However, the availability of funds will be limited.  Tips for completing or correcting the FAFSA