Connect Buchanan County | Tuition-Free College Education

Connect Buchanan County | Tuition Free College Education

Southwest Virginia Community College, in partnership with the Buchanan County Board of Supervisors, is offering an amazing opportunity for tuition-free education for the citizens of Buchanan County.

This wonderful opportunity for a tuition-free education is open to any Buchanan County traditional or non-traditional/adult student; home-schooled students and GED recipients are also eligible, provided they meet SWCC entrance requirements and satisfy all other eligibility requirements.


1. All applicants must apply for admission and meet SWCC entrance requirements. View our.admissions process on the Admissions webpage or contact SWCC Admissions at 276.964.7238 , or email, for assistance.

2. All applicants must complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in entirety and complete any verification requirements with SWCC’s Financial Aid office. To complete the FAFSA, go to Contact SWCC Financial Aid at 276.964.7724 if you need assistance or have questions or visit our Apply for Financial Aid webpage for more information.

3. All applicants must provide official high school transcripts.

4. All applicants must provide proof of residency in Buchanan County for at least one (1) year in order to be considered for funding. *Students who live outside Buchanan County but qualify for in-state tuition under30-mile radius conditions are not eligible for this program.


tuition free educationAll applicants are required to complete 16 hours of community service each academic year. At least 8 hours must be completed in the fall and spring semesters in order to remain eligible for funding.

All community service must be completed within Buchanan County with a pre-approved organization and submitted using the SWCC Connect-Buchanan County Community Service Form

Please note:

  • ∙You must enroll in an academic degree, diploma, or certificate program at SWCC.
  • ∙SWCC reserves the right to request additional information as needed.
  • ∙Concurrent Enrollment (Dual) credits are not eligible for this program.


Submit your completed application to the Admissions  office mail the application to:

Attention: Admissions
PO Box 1101
Richlands, VA 24641

Telephone numbers you should know:

Admissions Office: 276.964.7238

Financial Aid: 276.964.7724

SWCC Educational Foundation: 276.964.7351