Virginia College, founded in 1983, is a proprietary college with main campus located in Birmingham, Alabama. Currently the college has over 20 campuses scattered all over Southeastern United States, including their specialized Golf Academy campuses and kitchen locations. The college, which is owned by the Educational Corporation of America, currently has approximately 5,000 students enrolled in its different campuses.
Virginia College offers Associate, Bachelor, and Master degree programs, as well as diploma and certificate programs in the following fields of study: Business Management, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Golf Course Management, Health and Medical, Information Technology, Interior Design and CAD (Computer Aided Design), Media Arts and Design, Office Management, Paralegal Studies, and Therapeutic Massage.
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The college also offers online programs in the fields of Business, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health and Medicine, Information Technology and Technology, Paralegal, and other specialty programs. All online programs are 100% online with no final tests required at a campus or commercial testing facility. Any additional materials that may not be accessed online are simply delivered to the student’s location.
Tuition rates at Virginia College vary depending on the program you will be attending. However, for undergraduate programs, average tuition rate for those attending online degree programs is at $13,800 per academic year. This is assuming that the student will be taking the standard load per semester. Rates include books and other fees. An additional $100 application fee is assessed per student. Students enrolling on on-site campuses should factor indirect costs such as room and board and transportation. For a closer estimation of the tuition rates for the particular location and degree program you are interested in, it is best to use the college’s estimation calculator found on their website.
Virginia College offers financial aid to students to help defray education costs. Financial aid available is mostly in the form scholarships, Pell grants, and student loans. Parents interesting in enrolling for online programs will be happy to note that the college offers a special scholarship, called the Virginia College Career Training Scholarship for Working Parents, which grants $500 to $1000 diploma programs to eligible working parents. Virginia College also honors Military Tuition Assistance programs and GI Bill benefits. In fact, the college is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides additional financial support for educational expenses that exceed the amount covered by the Post-9/11 Military GI Bill tuition benefit. In cases wherein military tuition assistance is not available in your specific branch of service, Virginia College helps by offering a tuition waver that is equal to 50% of the current catalog published tuition.
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Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Note though that the college is non-regionally accredited, which means that credits will not transfer to regionally accredited schools. So if you plan on transferring to another college in the future, make sure that this will not be an issue.
Being a college that has a significant number of students enrolled online and the rest scattered in several locations, sports is not their main focus and there is little to report on current athletic teams.