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.

2024-25 FAFSA Updates as of Mar. 13:

The Department of Education has notified schools that they have begun processing FAFSA applications. Over the next few weeks, applicants (prospective students) and current students (cadets) should have access to the 'FAFSA Submission Summary'. This will be available to view at and an email will also be sent directly to each user regarding its availability.

Visit VMI's FAFSA Updates page for additional information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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.  
    The “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA) is open and free to complete on the Federal Student Aid website using prior-year taxes. We encourage families to file the FAFSA to be considered for other institutional, need-based scholarships. The FAFSA will require all contributors to provide consent on the FAFSA to automatically link information from the IRS. Failure for any contributor to provide consent will mean the student is ineligible for any aid from the FAFSA and need-based institutional aid.
  2. Financial aid estimates will be provided on all documents are received.
  3. If appointed, you will be notified via email and Post View 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 VMI Financial Aid Application. However, the availability of funds will be limited.  Tips for completing or correcting the FAFSA


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