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It can be tough to navigate all of the steps from application to admission once you've found the right degree or certificate. Follow the steps below to get started with your new program today.

How to Apply


Students who meet the requirements for undergraduate/graduate eligibility may enroll for credit as non-degree seeking students. More information is available from the Office of the University Registrar. This status does not require an application for admission through the Office of Admissions, but registration is required through the Office of the University Registrar.

Enrollment as a non-degree student does not ensure later admission as a degree-seeking student.

To enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student, individuals must be in their final semester or have graduated from a regionally accredited college or university.

Information and forms certifying eligibility to take graduate courses are available at VCU Office of the University Registrar.


Undergraduate – You can apply for undergraduate admission online. If you have questions, contact ugrad@vcu.edu, (804) 828-1222, or (800) 841-3638.

Graduate – You can apply for graduate admission online. If you have questions, contact gradmail@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6916.

Applicants should review the requirements outlined in the undergraduate bulletin and graduate bulletin for specific deadlines and required supporting materials for each program.

Visit the Degrees and Certificates page to see available online degree programs.


If you are a current VCU student, you can register for online classes using your VCU eID and eID password on eServices. To browse what courses are being offered online, take a look at the online course list.

Use the CRN number or course information to locate the course in eServices.


International students are defined as those who are neither U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., or those granted asylee or refugee status by the U.S. government. International students are those who have traveled abroad to the U.S. for the purpose of studying in school and are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

International students should apply for admission online. Please review the international admissions page for information on admissions requirements for undergraduate and graduate programs.

If you have any questions, contact vcuia@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6016.

Learn about Financial Aid

The Student Financial Services Office at Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to assist students and their families, so that any qualified student who desires to pursue an education at VCU may do so without the hindrance of financial barriers. We support enrollment and retention by identifying resources and educating parents and students so that they may make sound financial decisions. In responding to the diverse and changing needs of the university community, a spirit of cooperation, innovation, and fairness will be maintained. For more information about Financial Aid, please visit the Student Financial Services website.

Note: Undergraduate and graduate non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. However, undergraduate and graduate non-degree seeking students may qualify for financial assistance programs such as veteran’s benefits, other forms of veteran’s aid, and VCU’s installment payment plan.

If you have questions or concerns about financial aid, please contact the financial aid office.

Tuition Calculator

We understand that college costs can be confusing. The VCU tuition and fees estimator can help you get a better idea of what your costs will be, depending on the selections you make.

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Tuition and Payment

Tuition rates and fees are available at the Student Financial Services website. The tuition and fee calculator will provide you with an estimate of what it will cost for you to attend VCU. Additionally, you should also determine if any special program or course-related fees are applicable.

Payments are due by the start of the semester. Students whose payments are received after the payment deadline may be assessed a late fee and/or a registration hold. Additional payment information can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

For more information about billing and/or payment please visit the Student Accounting Department website or contact them via phone at (804) 828-2228 or by email at stuacctg@vcu.edu.

Refund Policies

VCU’s refund policies are located in the policy library and Student Accounting website. If you have questions, please contact student accounting at (804) 828-2228 or stuacctg@vcu.

Activate your eID

Once you’re admitted, you will receive information on what you need to do. One of the big steps is creating an eID and password. This allows you to check your VCU email and log-in to your courses.

Register for classes

Connect with your academic advisor to determine what classes you need to take. They will provide information on how to register for classes. Don’t know who your advisor is? Find your advisor here.

Succeed in your online classes


Use VCU resources

Be sure to visit the VCU Division of Student Affairs to help connect you to valuable resources. Additionally, the Virtual Student Success Center is a useful tool to help you navigate VCU. We invite you to take advantage of the many student support services we offer.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, contact us and get answers.

Interested in learning more about VCU Online?

With a number of degree and certificate options available for both undergraduate and graduate students, meet this moment with an educational program that fits the demands of your life and goals.

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