• Blue Ridge Community College

    Many students decide to attend Blue Ridge Community College (BRCC) after graduating from Fort Defiance High School. Some students are interested in pursuing a two-year associate degree before entering the workforce while others are interested in transferring to a four-year college/university after completing general academic coursework at BRCC. No matter the direction you are heading, if Blue Ridge Community College is your next destination see below for further information. 

    In order to enroll at Blue Ridge Community College, you must first apply for admission on the following website:https://apply.vccs.edu. January, February, and March of your senior year are great times to complete this application.  If you have taken a dual enrollment course while at FDHS, you have already completed this important step! Once you complete the online application you will have a BRCC ID number, also referred to as an EMPLID #.  Keep this number in a safe place so you can access it later.

    After you have completed the online application, you must complete the placement testing required by BRCC (
    https://www.brcc.edu/admissions/placement/). Before taking classes at BRCC, you’ll need to take an English and math placement test. If you have taken the SAT or ACT, you may be exempt from having to take the placement test. It all depends on how well you scored on either of those two tests. However, taking the SAT or ACT is NOT required for admission to BRCC.

    The BRCC Testing Center is located in F Building, Room 110. See their website for the operating hours: http://www.brcc.edu/services/testingcenter. Tests are given on a walk-in basis.

    After you have completed the application and placement testing, you can meet with an academic advisor at BRCC. The Advising Center is located in the Houff Student Center. BRCC advisors will assist you in understanding course requirements and they will help you navigate the transfer process if that is your goal. In April, we try to host a group advising session here at FDHS with advisors from BRCC. See your counselor for details.  After meeting with a BRCC advisor, you will learn how and when to register for classes in the fall. 

    Financial Aid at Blue Ridge Community College
    Students going to Blue Ridge Community College are able to apply for financial aid and even scholarships too. Yes, scholarships!  Do no miss out on financial assistance by waiting until the last minute. 
    Step 1: Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – http://www.fafsa.gov). October 1 of your senior year is the earliest you can complete the FAFSA. Remember this is a FREE application so you should never have to pay to complete the FAFSA. While your FAFSA is being processed you may be asked for verification information, particularly tax information. Submit this information in a timely manner. If you have questions about completing the FAFSA, make an appointment with our GRASP advisor. She is here one day a week to meet with students and parents who have college financial aid questions. You can make an appointment by signing up in Guidance.
    Step 2: Apply for scholarships through the BRCC Educational Foundation – There are many scholarships that incoming freshmen are eligible to receive. Interested students should complete the online application found here: http://www.brcc.edu/financial_aid/scholarships. Typically, the scholarship deadline is in mid-April. Do not miss the deadline. 
     Click below for more resources.

    Blue Ridge Community College 

    Virginia's Community Colleges 

    Virginia Wizard  (Transfer Agreements with Four Year Colleges/Universities)

    Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)

    Financial Aid 101  (bigfuture.collegeboard.org)

    GRASP (grasp4va.org)