The GEER Fund

The Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund provides dislocated workers in certain stackable credential programs last-dollar scholarships up to tuition, fees, and a $500 book allowance if those costs are not covered by other aid specifically designated for tuition, fees, and/or books.  Students who receive federal grants like Pell and FSEOG can potentially receive a GEER award since those federal grants can cover indirect costs like room and board. 

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Review the eligibility requirements listed below and then complete the GEER Scholarship Application if you think you may qualify. An SVCC financial aid staff member will review your application and will contact you if necessary. GEER funds are available beginning in the Spring 2021 term.


To qualify for GEER funds for high-demand education programs at SVCC, you must:

  • Be a dislocated worker as defined in the "Dislocated Worker Qualifications" section and attach the required documentation listed for that status to your GEER Scholarship Application.
  • Enroll in one of the eligible stackable credential programs listed below.
  • Take 6 or more eligible credits in an eligible program each term.
  • Apply for financial aid at SVCC each aid year by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete any requested items on your SVCC Student Center To-Do List
  • Be eligible for Federal Student Aid (Title IV eligible).
  • Be a Virginia domiciliary resident.

*Please note the following individuals are not eligible for GEER funds:

  • Individuals who resigned from full-time employment to care for sick relatives or stay home with school-age children. (Such individuals may be eligible for other financial assistance.)
  • DACA and dual enrollment students.
  • Due to competitive admission into Medical Education programs, only students admitted to those programs will be eligible for GEER funds.

 Email the application and required documentation to

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