About Scholarships

Virginia International University (VIU) offers a unique opportunity to acquire an excellent, multi-disciplinary education at an affordable cost by offering students access to scholarships. VIU has been attracting individuals who take their VIU experiences into their own cultures, share their knowledge with future generations, and launch successful careers. Thus, there are several different types of scholarships available based on exemplary personal skills, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, on-campus work, and residency.

Eligibility
  • Current, prospective, and returning students are eligible to apply.
  • Students who attend classes on campus must be enrolled in any graduate and undergraduate program as full-time students in order to be considered for scholarships.
  • ESL students can register for part-time or full-time classes and still be considered for Scholarships.
  • Fully online students, please click here.

Scholarship Awards are applied towards tuition fees ONLY. For more detailed information, check the tab RULES.

Current Students Prospective Students

Deadlines

Scholarship application deadlines are listed below. All applications and supporting documentation must be received by the deadline. Incomplete and late submissions will not be considered.

Fall I 2017 Fall II 2017 Spring I 2018
Types of Scholarship available All types of scholarships New Horizon/ Transfer-In/ Career Online/ Presidential Online/ Online All types of scholarships
Who can apply? Local & International students/applicants Local & International students/applicants Local & International students/applicants
Programs Graduate/ Undergraduate/ ESL Graduate/ Undergraduate/ ESL Graduate/ Undergraduate/ ESL
Type of attendance On-campus & Online On-campus(ESL) & Online On-campus & Online

Application Deadlines

International applicants (outside the US)
Fall I 2017 Fall II 2017 Spring I 2018
Application Period Apr 7 - May 26, 2017 Sep 30 – Oct 12, 2017 Aug 21 – Sep 29, 2017
Results Jun 12, 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Oct 20, 2017
Class Start Aug 28, 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Jan 15, 2018
International students (in the US), Domestic applicants & Current students
Fall I 2017 Fall II 2017 Spring I 2018
Application period Jun 19 - Jul 23, 2017 Sep 30 - Oct 12, 2017 Oct 23 – Nov 27, 2017
Results Aug 7, 2017 Oct 18, 2017 Dec 15, 2017
Classes Start Aug 28, 2017 Oct 23, 2017 Jan 15, 2018

There are some additional important dates and deadlines that you should be aware of click Academic Calendar to learn more.

How to Apply

Prospective students can apply for admissions and scholarships at the same time.

To apply for a scholarship, students must follow these steps:

  1. New students: Apply for admissions at VIU
  2. Choose up to two types of scholarship
  3. Review the requirements for the scholarship application
  4. Apply online (applicant portal or student portal)
  5. Upload your documents via applicant portal or student portal.

Document Submission:

  • All supporting documents must be scanned, color copies of the original documents. Samples of these documents may include transcripts, diplomas, certificates, and test scores. Photocopies are NOT considered acceptable documentation.
  • If any document is issued in the applicants’ native language, they must provide both the original document and a translation of the document in English. Translated documents must be notarized.

VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in disqualification from scholarship application. For more detailed information, check the tab RULES.

Rules

Scholarship Rules and Regulations

  1. Application
      1.1 Students who are awarded a scholarship must reapply each year if they want to be considered for the scholarship for the next academic year. There is no guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded for the following year.
      1.2 Students are eligible to apply for up to two scholarship types, but they will be eligible to receive only one scholarship per academic year.
      1.3 Scholarship application period opens six times a year (Spring I Spring II, Summer I, Summer II, Fall I and Fall II) for selected types of scholarships.
      1.4 All documents must be received by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will automatically be denied.
      1.5 Academic merit holds the highest weight in the review of most scholarship applications. In the case of a tie, the committee will rely on this hierarchy to make their award decision.
      1.6 New students must submit their transcripts to admissions before applying for the scholarship program.
  2. Cumulative GPA can be rounded one decimal place for eligibility requirements.
  3. VIU has the right to request original documentation. Submission of fabricated or false documents will result in immediate dismissal of the application and will disqualify the individual from applying to the scholarship program in the future.
      3.1 Documents submitted for application purposes will not be returned to the applicant.
      3.2 Applicants should submit scanned copies of originals.
  4. Applicants who have not yet been accepted to the university may also apply to the scholarship program. However, scholarship award will be applied upon enrolment.
      4.1 In case a student who was awarded a scholarship does not enroll in any course for one of the semesters which the scholarship could be applied, he/she will not receive the tuition credit for that term, or apply the credit to another term. However, the scholarship will still be valid for until its expiration.
  5. Scholarships are awarded as credit towards tuition only. The award amount will be divided into installments; the credit will be deducted from the total tuition charged for each semester.
  6. Students who are awarded scholarships during their last semester cannot apply the full awarded amount to one semester; only half of the scholarship amount will be applied to their last semester of studies.
      6.1 Students who were awarded the Leadership and Mentorship Scholarship during their last semester of study will be able to apply their scholarship award to any undergraduate or graduate program if they decide to return to VIU within 12 months.
  7. Scholarships cannot be awarded to applicants who receive other types of scholarship funding from academic collaborations, institutions, or government.
      7.1 Students receiving Financial Aid are still eligible to apply for scholarships.
  8. There is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded solely because the applicant meets the requirements, eligibility, and/or fulfilment of the scholarship criteria. All applicants should submit their application and follow proper procedures.
  9. Type of attendance and eligibility:
      9.1 On-campus students must be enrolled full time in one of VIU’s degree programs. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered full-time a student who:
       Undergraduate Program:
       a) Takes 4 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, undergraduate courses in the Spring and Fall; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 3 courses)
       b) Takes 2 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, undergraduate courses in each of the Summer I or Summer II terms; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
       Graduate Program:
       c) Takes 3 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, graduate courses in the Spring and Fall; (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
       d) Takes 2 on-campus, or a combination of on-campus and online, graduate courses each in the Summer I or Summer II terms. (Students who apply for reduced course load must be enrolled in at least 2 courses)
       9.2 Fully Online students might be enrolled part-time or full-time in one of VIU’s degree programs. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered full-time online student who takes at least 2 online (undergraduate or graduate) courses per term.
       9.3 Intensive ESL Program students might be enrolled part-time or full-time. For the Scholarship Program, it is considered a full-time ESL student who takes 140 hours of ESL (20 hours per week) courses per term.
  10. After being awarded a scholarship, students will be invited to participate in marketing campaigns for the Scholarship Program. Students will be asked to authorize the use of their pictures, videos, and testimonials about the scholarship award and their experience at VIU.
  11. Student must keep the requirements for the scholarship which they applied for in order to receive the scholarship for the subsequent semester.
  12. Students must be in good standing with accounting office in order to receive any scholarship award.
  13. Students who apply for Campus Employment scholarship will be automatically granted the award if eligibility requirements are met.
      13.1 VIU has the right to retrieve the amount awarded for the Campus Employment scholarship within 30 consecutive days if a student resigns or is let go from the position.
  14. Scholarship awards are non-transferrable.

Selection & Announcement

The scholarship selection process begins immediately after the application period ends.

Screening

All applications are initially screened by the Scholarship Coordinator for completion and criteria assessment. Once the application is deemed complete, the application and all related materials are forwarded to the Scholarship Committee members. Each application is reviewed and assessed on an individual basis.

Interview

Certain types of scholarships require interview with members of the Scholarship Committee as part of the selection process. The interview will be conducted in-person, by phone or video conference.

Announcement

Scholarship awards and denials will be determined by the Scholarship Committee prior to the first day of classes for the term to which the student applied. Awards and denials will be notified by email.

FAQs

Below are some of the questions we receive most frequently regarding scholarships. If your question is not answered below, please feel free to email your specific question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To qualify to apply for a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full-time in any undergraduate or graduate. Online and ESL students can be enrolled as part-time students and still be considered for scholarships. Applicants must meet all required criteria for the specific scholarship that they are applying for. As long as an applicant meets these qualifications, they are welcome to apply for the scholarship.


Students who wish to apply for a scholarship are required to submit an online scholarship application form. You will find the application form in the student portal or application portal.


No. Applicants who have not yet been accepted to the university may also apply to the scholarship program. However, scholarship award will be applied upon enrolment.


The scholarship application deadlines are posted on the scholarship website. Applicants are urged to check this page for the specific deadlines in the semester they plan to apply.


Yes. Students are welcome to apply for up to two scholarships per semester although students are only eligible to receive one scholarship per semester.


No. Scholarship selection is made based on a variety of factors. An objective analysis of all aspects of the application will be made when making award decisions. Just because an applicant is qualified for the scholarship to which they applied, there is no guarantee that they will be awarded the scholarship.


All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded to the applicant or student portal.


Yes. The VIU Scholarship Program is an annual tuition scholarship, and the award will expire on its anniversary. Students must reapply for the scholarship if they wish to be considered to receive the scholarship again.


The application process to reapply for a scholarship is exactly the same as the process you completed the first time you applied. Submit a completed application form along with the supporting documentation prior to the application deadline.


The minimum cumulative GPA to be considered for a scholarship at VIU is 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Please note that each scholarship has its own specific required GPA requirement so applicants are encouraged to verify the requirement prior to applying.


TOEFL and IELTS scores expire 2 years after the test date. However, we are able to consider the test scores for a period of two years after their expiration date.


No. Scholarship awards are given as a credit towards your semester tuition.

Contact Us

Virginia International University
Scholarship Committee
4401 Village Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States of America

Tel: (703) 591-7042 ext. 312
Fax: (703) 591-7048

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