Do you have a phone number I can call?

No, the quickest and most efficient way to get a response from the VA Ready team is via email. Please email us here. If necessary, we can arrange a time (via a link to an online scheduling system) to talk by phone or video chat.

How do I sign up for VA Ready?

  • In order to sign up for Virginia Ready you must ensure you meet Virginia Ready’s eligibility criteria. View our full criteria and learn more about the sign-up process at https://www.vaready.org/learn/sign-up/
  • Then, you must enroll in an approved course through the FastForward program at the Virginia Community College System. After enrolling in a course, you have to visit our site at https://scholars.vaready.org to submit your Sign-up Application as final no later than 5 calendar days after your course’s start date. 

** If you need assistance with enrolling in a FastForward course please visit www.fastforwardva.org and fill out the blue “Request more information” form at the bottom of the webpage. A representative from the community college will reach out to you about next steps on how to enroll. **

How do I get my $1000 Credential Achievement Award?

  • First, you need to be an approved VA Ready Scholar. Then, you will need to complete your course and pass your credential or licensure exam.
  • Once you have the required documents, you will need to log into your https://scholars.vaready.org account and go to My Dashboard. From there, you will need to start and complete your Certification Form, then submit the form as Final. For instructions, on uploading your credentials, please go to https://www.vaready.org/upload-instructions/
  • To view a video tutorial on how to find and upload your VCCS Acknowledgement of Credential, visit https://youtu.be/0pAKJR31SV8
  • If you did not sign up for VA Ready before your class started, or within 5 days of your course starting, then you are not eligible for the Credential Achievement Award at this time.

How do I check to see if I submitted my Sign Up Application or Certification Form?

  • Log into your https://scholars.vaready.org account. Go to “My Dashboard.” If the status says “Final” you have successfully submitted your Application or Certification Form!
  • Please Note: Submitting your Sign Up Application as Final does not guarantee acceptance as a VA Ready Scholar. Submitting your Certification Form as Final does not guarantee that you will automatically receive the Credential Achievement Award.

What is causing a delay in hearing back about my Sign up Application?

  • Most delays are caused by user errors in the sign up processes.
  • Additionally, the Student Journey Team needs time to review your Sign up application to make sure the correct document was uploaded.
  • To ensure you are approved and issued your Credential Achievement Award as fast as possible, it is important that you regularly check your email, thoroughly read all information in emails and on our website, and respond to questions from our team quickly and accurately. Thank you for your patience.

I finished my class – How do I receive my $1,000 Credential Achievement Award?

  • The $1000 Credential Achievement Award is not automatic.
  • You must earn your credential or license in order to qualify for the $1000 Credential Achievement Award.
  • If you are an approved VA Ready Scholar, you will need to log into your https://scholars.vaready.org account and go to My Dashboard. From there, you will need to start and complete your Certification Form, then submit as Final. For instructions, on uploading your credentials, please go to https://www.vaready.org/upload-instructions/.
  • To view a video tutorial on how to find and upload your VCCS Acknowledgement of Credential, visit https://youtu.be/0pAKJR31SV8
  • If you did not sign up for VA Ready before your class started, or within 5 days of your course starting, then you are not eligible for the Credential Achievement Award at this time.

What is causing the delay in receiving my $1,000 Credential Achievement Award?

  • Most delays are caused by user errors in the credential upload processes.
  • Additionally, the Student Journey Team needs time to review your Certification Form to make sure the correct documents were uploaded.
  • To view a video tutorial on how to find and upload your VCCS Acknowledgement of Credential, visit https://youtu.be/0pAKJR31SV8
  • To ensure you are approved and issued your Credential Achievement Award as fast as possible, it is important that you regularly check your email, thoroughly read all information in emails and on our website, and respond to questions from our team quickly and accurately. Thank you for your patience.