Virginia private colleges strive to offer an outstanding education at an affordable price.

If you are academically qualified and a Virginia private college strongly appeals to you, don’t let initial costs deter you and instead wait for financial aid offers before making any final decisions.

On average, approximately 70% of students at Virginia private colleges reduced their tuition through financial aid with an average financial aid package of approximately $20,406. Virginia residents attending a private college in the state can also receive the undergraduate Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) award, which is $5,000 annually.

How much does college really cost?

Comparing real college costs, private or public, is worth your time. Don’t make the common mistake of only comparing listed prices. Take these steps:

  • Step 1:  Figure out what you will actually pay.
    The listed price is often not the final cost of a Virginia Private College. Check out our Financial Aid 101 page to determine what assistance may be available to you.
  • Step 2:  Consider Graduation rates.
    It’s important to consider how long it will take you to graduate when considering the total cost of college. Additional years equal additional tuition costs and lost earnings in the career of your choice.
  • Step 3:  Determine the value of your investment.
    Many of Virginia’s business and professional leaders are graduates of Virginia private colleges. College graduates earn more over the course of a lifetime, and the benefits of a college education far outweigh the costs.  Focus on the quality and value of the education you will receive.