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Scholarships

$167,775 was awarded in scholarships in 2020. Brandcenter scholarships range from $500 to $17,000. We offer scholarships for both our first-year incoming students, as well as our second year students.

Scholarship applications open in spring. Incoming first year students will receive a link to apply for scholarships after submitting their application for admission in spring. See admission application deadlines here.

Estimated Costs to Plan For

Tuition in the following table is for one year of the two-year program.

Estimated Costs to Plan ForIn-StateOut of State
Tuition $23,281 $23,281
Fees $2,582 $3,272
Books and Supplies (estimate) $1,198  $1,198 
Housing *  See note below  See note below  

Transportation *

See note below   See note below  

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Visit VCU Student Accounting for tuition and fee details. Parking, room and board, and meal plans are not included in tuition.

* Housing: Many Brandcenter students live together. All housing is available off-campus. On average, our students pay between $450-$1,000 per month in rent.

* Transportation: It's not required to have a vehicle. Some students walk to campus, some bike, some carpool, some take the bus (free for students), and others drive. We have two parking lots behind our building. Parking passes per semester are $238.

In addition to scholarships, Brandcenter students use the following to cover expenses:

-Graduate Assistantship position on campus (working no more than 20 hours/week)

-Freelance work (we send out opportunities throughout the year). To sponsor an assignment or offer a freelance opportunity for students, visit this page.

-Federal student loans: students take out Graduate Direct Loans and Grad PLUS loans. In order to qualify for federal loans, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. The VCU school code for the FAFSA is 003735. Brandcenter applicants should submit the FAFSA as soon as possible, even if your admission status is undetermined. Late FAFSA submission could result in paying tuition out of pocket and waiting for a reimbursement check once the financial aid process is complete.

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