Ways to Pay for College

Who pays for what, how often and when? LFCC has some options when it comes to paying for classes, books, and supplies. A student can pay out of pocket, through a payment plan, be eligible and qualify for financial aid, apply and be awarded scholarships, and or take out student loans. 

Direct Pay – Out of Pocket

Pay in Full

Students have several options for making direct payments towards their student accounts.  Use the links below for additional information on how to make payments and Business Office contact information.

Set up a Payment Plan

Payment plan options are available to students every semester and allow tuition and fees to be paid in several installments. General payment plan information including set up instructions and current semester specific information may be found using the link below. 

 Financial Aid

  • Grants – A sum of money to aid a student in pursuit of his/her education. If a student attends and passes all of his/her classes, grants are not required to be repaid.
  • Loans – Money that students borrow that is required to be paid back with interest at time stated in contract
    • Subsidized – A loan that does not accrue interest until the recipient leaves school
    • Unsubsidized – Unsubsidized student loan has interest added to the balance even while a student is still enrolled in school. This means that a student’s balance will likely be significantly more than what they initially borrowed by the time the graduate


Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is committed to helping our students start or continue their education. To this end, the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. provides scholarships for qualified LFCC students.* These scholarships help defray the cost of rising tuition rates, books and fees and relieve the financial constraints faced by many students.

LFCC scholarships are funded by area citizens, organizations and businesses who share the College’s dedication to assisting students with financial needs and helping them reach their goal of earning a college degree. LFCC and its students owe tremendous gratitude to these donors for the opportunities they provide. Through their assistance, deserving students are able to improve themselves, gain better employment and contribute to our community and the local economy.

Please click here for a list of Foundation scholarships.

Federal Direct Student Loan Program

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, offered through the Department of Education. Federal Stafford loans are monies that a student borrows. Federal Direct PLUS loans are monies that a parent borrows to assist their undergraduate student. Both loans are financial obligations that must be repaid with interest. Federal Education loans offer benefits not provided by private/alternative loans:

  • Lower interest rates
  • Longer repayment terms
  • Deferment and Forbearance options
  • Early loan forgiveness for graduates working in public service  

Please see the Financial Aid Office for specific information and to answer your questions. Contact the Financial Aid Office 540-868-7130 Toll free: 1-800-906-5322, ext. 7130 E-mail: [email protected].

Other Scenarios or Questions?

Please review our quick reference page at lfcc.edu/waystopay or contact us at 540-868-7000.

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