Scholarship and Awards
Creating Opportunities for All
We are dedicated to helping students and families navigate the financial commitment of a VFMA education. We are proud to say that last year, we awarded more than $4,000,000 in merit and need-based aid. See what scholarship and award opportunities are waiting for you!
Watch this brief overview video to learn how your son can make his academic future a reality while learning skills he’ll use the rest his live.
Affording Valley Forge
A Valley Forge Military Academy education is an investment in your son’s future, and we want to help you make that investment most prudently through our variety of grants, scholarships, payment plans, and financial assistance programs.
Financial Aid at VFMA
We have seen many families successfully combine their current assets and resources with loan options, merit scholarships, and/or need-based aid. We suggest you start exploring your options as soon as you apply for your child’s admission into the Academy.
Identifying Tuition Options:
- Applying for Student Loan Pre-approval
Sallie Mae is an educational lender that offers a range of options for loan terms, interest rates, and payment plans. To learn more and to apply for pre-approval, please visit the SallieMae website.
VFMA school ID: 601046003
- Applying for Need-Based Tuition Assistance
Valley Forge Military Academy need-based financial aid may also be awarded to eligible cadets in grades 7 to 12 who display financial need. Financial need is determined through the filing of the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) through the School & Student Services (SSS) by NAIS. SSS will send your application results directly to Valley Forge Military Academy with verification of your most recent W2. Once we have received this information and the student has been accepted for enrollment, we will notify you about available aid. The offer will be based on your demonstrated need, the school’s financial aid policies, and the available budget. Your award package may contain a combination of Valley Forge aid and other scholarships that match the uniqueness of your son’s abilities and contributions to Valley Forge. The nature of these scholarships may change during your son’s tenure at Valley Forge, as he matures and gets involved in different activities, but the total value of the award will not.
Applications are available online here
SSS Code: 900044
The fee for financial aid applications varies each year.
We also recommend that you review the wide range of resources that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process.
Valley Forge Military Academy Scholarships & Awards
Merit Academic Scholarship – This award is offered to applicants who have consistently demonstrated academic excellence in their current school. All applicants are automatically reviewed for eligibility for this scholarship. Eligibility is based on academic records such as transcripts, standardized testing results, and additional official academic documentation.
Sons of Veteran Scholarship – This award is offered automatically to applicants who have a sibling, parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who is a veteran of any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Service Day Scholarship – This award is offered to applicants who have a mother or father who is currently a first responder. In order to receive this award, there needs to proof of parent/guardian working as a first responder.
Legacy Alumni Scholarship – This award is offered to applicants who have a sibling, cousin, parent, grandparent, uncle, or aunt who are Alumni of Valley Forge Military Academy and College.
Regimental Band Scholarship – This award is offered to applicants who have experience within a musical program or who have an interest in being part of the Regimental Band. Potential recipients must audition in order to be eligible for the award.
Endowed and Annual Scholarships – Valley Forge Military Academy has many donors who have established endowed scholarship funds to support both new and returning cadets. Each award has specific eligibility requirements and criteria to be selected. Endowed Scholarship recipients are chosen by a panel. Please note:
- All new and returning cadets are automatically reviewed for eligibility.
- Not all applicants will receive an endowed award.
- Awards are applied to the following fall semester and may take the place of need-based grants.
Boy Scouts of America Award – This award is offered to applicants who have a history of being part of the Boy Scouts of America. These young men exhibit qualities that Valley Forge Military Academy wants to enroll, and therefore are included in our scholarship pool. The student must have a certificate or letter from his scout master stating he is currently in the Boy Scouts of America. It is highly encouraged that the letter or certificate be submitted at the same time the admissions application is submitted.
Private Scholarships – Some organizations offer scholarships for elementary and secondary education based on family background, memberships in clubs and associations, and other variable factors. Check your local library for publications and browse the internet for sources of private scholarships. Scholarship searching services should typically be free of charge, therefore beware of scholarship searches that have fees attached. A list of scholarship opportunities compiled by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) can be viewed on their website.
Scholarships for Pennsylvania Residents
There are two special scholarship programs sponsored by the State of Pennsylvania. Your admissions counselor will discuss these programs with you during the application process. The funding for each of these programs is limited to the donations made in that year.
Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC) – To receive Opportunity Scholarship funding from VFMA, an eligible applicant must be a school age student residing within the attendance boundary of a low-achieving school, who is a resident of Pennsylvania, who is enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy, and who is a member of a household with an annual household income of not more than $60,000, with the exception of an additional income allowance of $12,000 permitted for the student and for each other dependent (as defined by the IRS) living within the same household.
Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) – To receive EITC funding from VFMA, an eligible applicant must be a school age student who is a resident of Pennsylvania, who is enrolled at Valley Forge Military Academy, and who is a member of a household with an annual household income of not more than $60,000, with the exception of an additional income allowance of $12,000 permitted for the student and for each other dependent (as defined by the IRS) living within the same household.