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Scholarships

24 Brandcenter scholarships were awarded in 2021, with amounts ranging from $500 to $17,680. We offer scholarships for both our first-year incoming students, as well as our second year students.

Incoming first-year students will receive a link to apply for scholarships after submitting their application for admission. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Estimated Costs to Plan For

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

 In-StateOut of State
Tuition & Fees $26,180 $26,870

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, rent is between $700 - $1,500 in Richmond.

* TransportationOur students walk, bike, drive, take the bus (free for students), or carpool to campus. Our building has three university parking lots nearby, and parking passes in these lots are $243 per semester.

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). 

-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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