The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to provide comprehensive free tuition to eligible students thanks to the VI Higher Education Scholarship Program, also known as the Free Tuition program. In 2022, enhancements were made to University policies and procedures to apply financial aid to other school related expenses including books, fees, and room and board (on or off campus). The enhanced program is known as Free Tuition Plus.
To qualify for the UVI Free Tuition Plus, applicants must: be a graduate (past or present) from a local high school attended for at least three years; have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5; register as a full-time student seeking first undergraduate degree; and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online form. Some of the requirements for recipients of the Free Tuition program are to maintain a GPA of 2.5 and to work in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a specific length of time after graduation. UVI will collaborate with the V.I. Department of Labor to secure job placement for scholarship recipients.