Need Based Aid

A college education is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your future. If Sweet Briar College is your choice, we will work closely with you to help you manage this investment.

Once you qualify for admission, you also may qualify for need-based assistance, academic awards or both. Need-based financial aid is offered to families who demonstrate the need for additional resources to afford Sweet Briar’s total cost.

Sweet Briar College Grants

Students who qualify for need based assistance will automatically be reviewed for Insitutional Grants after you have been accepted to SBC and we have received your FAFSA results.

State Grants

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)

Virginia Residents are eligible to apply for VTAG (application).  VTAG is a state grant, the amount of which is based on state funding.  Applications for 2015-16 are due by July 30, 2015.  The amount will be announced in late spring 2015.  For 2014-15 it was set at $3,100.  Please return the application to SBC’s financial aid office no later than July 30, 2015.

Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG)

In 2007 this program was passed into law in Virginia. If you are graduating with your associate degree you will need to complete and submit your FAFSA and your final academic transcript with your associate degree posted to us. For more information, see the CTG program fact sheet. The base grant for all eligible full-time students is $1,000 ($500 per term). Students enrolling full-time into a science, teaching, engineering, mathematics (STEM) degree or nursing program may receive an additional $1,000 ($500 per term). Please be advised that state law requires that eligibility for state need-based grants, if any, may be adjusted due to the CTG award.

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grants ( provide assistance to students with exceptional need in amounts up to $5,645 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) ( provide assistance in amounts up to $4,000 for one academic year to students with exceptional need who qualify for the Federal Pell Grants.


Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a federally funded, need-based student employment program offered to students who show exceptional need and are pell grant eligible.

Sweet Briar College Work-Study is a college funded, need-based student employment program offered to student who demonstration financial need.  There are also non-need based college jobs.


Sweet Briar reviews all students for merit scholarships at time of admission.  We also offer additional interest specific scholarships which can be found on our scholarship website.

All students are encouraged to apply for outside/private scholarships that are not SBC specific. 

Check regularly with your high school college placement/guidance counselor starting in the fall of your senior year for community scholarships.

Create an online scholarship profiles on sites such as, or

There are thousands and thousands of dollars in scholarships funds available to students.  Apply for any many as you feel you are eligible for. Just keep in mind scholarship searches should always be free, never pay for a scholarship search.