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Commencement Requirements

In order for your name to appear on the approved list, you must be academically cleared by the Registrar and the Department Chairperson. Senior grades are due in the system by 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 9,2017.  

Commencement Financial Requirements

The $60 Graduation Fee is due by April 27,2017.  The deadline to clear all account balances and student fees (telephone balances, parking fines, university loans and unpaid tuition and fee balances) is April 28,2017.  If you have not cleared your account balance, you will not receive your diploma or official transcripts until your balance has been paid.  All payments can be made on-line via the web at www.vsu.edu, click on Trojan Link, and select Banner.  Payments can also be made at the Cashiers Office in person, by mail (Cashiers Office, VSU, P.O. Box 9125, Petersburg, VA 23806) or via telephone (804-524-5150).  Payments must include the student’s name and identification number.

Exit Interviews – Stafford Loans

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all recipients of a Federal Stafford Loan must complete mandatory exit interviews with the Office of Financial Aid.  Failure to complete the mandatory exit interviews will result in you not receiving your diploma.  To complete the exit interview students must complete the following steps:

  1.  Complete the on-line Exit Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. AND
  2. Attend an in-person Exit Counseling/Interview Session.  The in-person sessions will be    conducted on:

    Date:  Monday, April 24, 2017 through Thursday April 27, 2017
    Time:  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM          *Each session will start every hour on the hour*
    Location:  Foster Hall Room 300

    Date:  Saturday, April 29, 2017 
    Time:  9:00 AM to 12:00 noon       *Each session will start every hour on the hour*
    Location:  Foster Hall Room 200

It is important that you are aware and understand the various repayment options available to you in managing your student loan debt.  Specifically, the Exit Interview will cover the following:

  • A repayment plan that will fit your circumstances,
  • Make repaying your loans as simple as possible,
  • Develop a workable budget for your new life out of school,
  • Review your rights and responsibilities as a Federal Direct Loan Borrower.

For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (800) 823-7214 or (804) 524-5990.

Exit Interviews – Perkin Loans

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all recipients of a Federal Perkins Loan must complete mandatory exit interviews with the Office of Student Accounts.  Failure to complete the mandatory exit interviews will result in you not receiving your diploma. 

Federal Perkins Loan Exit Interviews will be done through Campus Partners, our loan servicer.  If an exit interview is needed for a Federal Perkins Loan, you will receive notification from Campus Partners and the VSU Collections Office, along with instructions on how to complete the exit. 

If you were awarded a Federal Perkins Loan and you do not receive notification or if you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of Student Accounts at (804) 524-5339.

All account balances must be cleared by April 27, 2017

If additional charges are assessed after April 29, 2017, it is still your responsibility to make sure these charges are paid in full.  Failure to do so will result in your diploma and official transcripts being held.

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