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What is the G3 Program?

The G3 Program is a tuition assistance program for any Virginia resident who qualifies for in-state tuition and whose family income falls below an identified threshold. Eligible students may enroll in designated programs leading to jobs in high-demand fields.

Who is eligible for the G3 Program?

Any Virginia resident who

  • Qualifies for in-state tuition,
  • Has a total household income of less than or equal to 400% of the Federal Poverty Level (roughly an income of $100,000 for a family of four),
  • Is enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours
  • Is enrolled in a designated G3 program
  • Has applied for federal and/or state financial aid programs
  • FAQ

    What are the designated programs?

    • The designated programs fall into five targeted career areas that are in high demand in Virginia:

    Healthcare, Information Technology, Manufacturing and Skilled Trades, Early Childhood Education, and Public Safety.

    The programs are designed to be “stackable,” meaning that each program starts with skills training that leads to a certificate with immediate value in the labor market. Because the certificate is part of an associate degree, a working student can continue to “stack” additional certificates on the pathway to an associate degree.

    How does tuition assistance work?

    G3 Program funds make up the difference between what federal or state financial aid pays for and the cost of tuition, fees, and books for the program. This means that an individual enrolling in a certificate or degree program must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the program. An individual enrolling in a designated short-term credential program must provide documentation of household income or eligibility for federal assistance programs.

    Does a student have to enroll full-time?

    • The G3 Program will be available for full- and part-time students. A part-time student must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester or in an approved short-term program.

    • The G3 Program will provide additional financial assistance to students who qualify for full Federal Pell Grants and enroll full-time (12 or more credit hours in fall and spring semesters and 6 credit hours in summer). This additional assistance is intended to reduce the number of part-time hours a student has to work so that he or she can spend more time studying.

    Is there a time limit for eligibility?

    • As long as a G3-eligible student continues in the same program pathway, he or she has up to three years to complete an associate degree.

    • A student who completes a certificate and stops out to work will still be eligible for G3 if he or she returns within one year. After returning, the student will have two years to complete the associate degree.

  • Eligible Programs

    Emergency Medical Svcs (AAS)  
    Nursing, Registered Nurse (AAS)  
    Administrative Support Tech Med Office (AAS)
    Inf Systems Tech (AAS Deg 299)
    Inf Systems Tech - Networking 
    Adm Justice (AAS Deg 400) 
    Human Services
    Tech Studies in Ind Maint Tech
    Practical Nursing (CERT)  
    Information Systems Tech(CERT)  
    Admin of Justic (Cert 406)
    Hmn Serv (Cert 469) 
    Auto Diag & Tune-Up (Cert
    Electricity (Cert 942)  
    Emergency Med Srvcs-Inter(CSC)  
    Emergency Med Srvcs Basic(CSC) 
    Emergency Med Srvcs-Advanced  
    Health Sciences CSC
    Medical Office Assisting (CSC) 
    Foundations of Criminal Justice
    Law Enforcement (CSC)  
    Substance Abuse CounAide (CSC) 
    Human Services
    Early Childhood (CSC)  
    Cybersecurity and Networking Foundations CSC
    Cybersecurity CSC   
    Mechatronices CSC
    Precision Machining
    HVAC Basic Career Studies Cert
    HVAC Advanced Career Std Cert
    Automotive Tune Up
    National Electricity Cd (CSC) 
    Industrial Electrical Technology
    Adv Manu Tech (CSC 221-990-48)
    High Performance Tech (CSC) 
    Welding (CSC)   

    Eligible Workforce Programs:

    Certified Nurse Aide
    Emergency Medical Technician 
    Licensed Massage Therapist
    Medication Aide
    Phlebotomy Technician
    CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
    CISCO Certified Network Associate
    CompTIA A+
    CompTIA Network+
    CompTIA Security+
    CompTIA Server+
    Backflow Prevention Device Certification
    Core-Introductory Craft Skills
    Electrical - Level 1
    Electrical - Level 2
    Electrical - Level 3
    Electrical - Level 4
    HVAC - Level 1
    HVAC - Level 2
    HVAC - Level 3
    HVAC - Level 4
    Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - Level 1
    Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - Level 2
    Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - Level 3
    Industrial Maintenance Mechanic - Level 4
    Introduction to Solar Photovoltaics 
    Power Industry Fundamentals
    Power Line Worker 1
    Solar Photovoltaic System Installer 
    Drill Press Skills I
    Grinding Skills I
    Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout
    Level I CNC Milling: Operations
    Level I CNC Milling: Programming Setup & Operations
    Level I CNC Turning: Operations
    Level I CNC Turning: Programming Setup & Operations
    Manual Milling Skills I
    Measurement, Materials, and Safety
    S/P2 Heavy Duty/Diesel Technology
    Welding - Level 1
    Welding - Level 2
    Welding - Level 3
    ASE Entry Level Medium/Heavy Truck Diesel Engines
    ASE Entry Level Medium/Heavy Truck Electrical/Electronic Systems
    ASE Entry Level Medium/Heavy Truck  Suspension & Steering
    ASE Entry Level Medium/Heavy Truck  Brakes
    ASE Entry Level Medium/Heavy Truck Inspection Maintenance & Minor Repair