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Program Overview

The Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid (USFA) and The Student Success Center (SSC) sponsor the Student Success Center Peer Academic Coaching (PAC) program. This grant-sponsored initiative is designed to contribute to the development of student leaders on campus. Up to 15 students will be selected to serve as peer academic coaches and representatives for the Student Success Center and all Peer Coaches must commit to spending three semesters with the program (Spring '17, Fall '17, Spring '18). The grant is $600 per semester.

Peer Academic Coaches (PAC)s are a source of academic support for fellow students throughout their time at Virginia Tech. Peer Coaches work with students to develop effective study skills and strategies on an individual basis, design and facilitate academic skills workshops, introduce students to academic support services, and guide students through short- and long-term planning. Coaches participate in the marketing and promotion of SSC programs and services, may assist SSC staff with various programs/projects, and represent the Student Success Center at various campus events.

Applicants should have a strong desire to help their peers be successful and support the Student Success Center's vision to promote academic excellence and enrich the overall undergraduate experience.  

What are the eligibility criteria?

  • Full-time, undergraduate students (enrolled in 12+ credits)
  • Must have completed at least two full-time semesters at VT at the time of application
  • Must have three semesters remaining to commit to working as a PAC
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien
  • Current FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) must be completed.
  • Students are awarded based on 2 factors: merit (overall candidate credentials) AND financially eligibility
  • Must be available to attend weekly training meetings on Fridays at 10AM during Spring 2017  
  • Students in all majors welcome to apply

For additional information about the PAC program and application process, please see our informational presentation.

Online application available here:

Submission deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm (noon)

Faculty recommendation form available here:

Faculty recommendation deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions 

How are Peer Academic Coaches compensated?

  • PACs are awarded a $600 grant for each semester they are involved in the program
  • Much like a scholarship, a grant does not have to be paid back.
  • The grant is applied toward your tuition costs at VT.
  • PACs must meet financial eligibility requirements

What’s the purpose of the program?

  • PACs are a source of academic support for fellow students throughout their time at VT
  • PACs primarily work with students through 1-on-1 meetings and seminar presentations
  • Provide project and programming assistance to the Student Success Center staff
  • Serve as ambassadors for the Student Success Center
  • Help inform and educate students on our programs, services and resources by promoting the Student Success Center around campus

What’s the actual job description?

       Peer Academic Coach

  • Provide academic assistance by-appointment and during walk-in hours
  • Deliver presentations on various academic skills and strategies to student organizations and in residence halls
  • Become an expert on Student Success Center programs and services and develop materials and programs to educate students on various resources
  • Represent the Student Success Center at career fair booths and other department and university events
  • Participate in the marketing and promotion of the Student Success Center events and services
  • Serve as a program/project assistant to members of the Student Success Center staff

Why should I become a Peer Academic Coach?

  • Gain valuable skills in advising, student development, leadership, communication, and team work
  • Receive extensive training in academic support areas
  • Gain relevant experience for students who may be interested in pursuing careers in advising, human services, education, management, marketing, student affairs, etc.

What are the qualities of a Peer Academic Coach?

  • Interest in helping Virginia Tech students with academic skills one-on-one and in group situations
  • Mature judgment
  • Understanding and acceptance of responsibility
  • Willingness to work in a team setting and build rapport with other PACs and Student Success Center staff

What is the time Commitment?

  • Participation for the three semesters (spring, fall, spring).
    • Training semester – 3-5 hrs/wk commitment
    • Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 – between 6-8 hr/wk
  • Meetings/training
    • Training semester – Every Friday at 10AM
    • Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 – Biweekly meetings, time and day to be determined
  • Available during some evening and weekend hours for presentations and special events

How many Peer Academic Coaches do you accept each year?

  • 5-10 Peer Academic Coaches for the 2017-2018 year.

When can I apply?

  • During October and November 2016, we will recruit PACs to begin training in spring 2017. Interviews will be held in early to mid November.
  • PACs who begin in spring 2017 are expected to work in fall 2017 and spring 2018, when work hours and responsibilities will grow to match the full job description on this page (including the possibility of academic credit during fall 2017 and/or spring 2018).
  • Online application available here:
  • Our faculty recommendation form will automatically be sent to the faculty member you identify in the application, but it is also available here:
  • Submission deadline: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Faculty recommendation deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016
  • Interviews: Early to mid November
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions by Wednesday, December 21
  • Thank you for your interest in this opportunity and working with us!

Is academic credit possible?

  • Yes
  • Note that academic credit can only be granted by your academic department, so you must consult your academic department on its policies and procedures if you wish to earn academic credit. The PAC program coordinator in the Student Success Center will work with you to help you meet requirements of your department.

Office Address and Phone Numbers:
The Student Success Center (MC 0276)
110 Femoyer Hall, Virginia Tech

280 Stanger Street
(540) 231-5499 (p) 
(540) 231-2130 (f)

Contact Info:

Hours of Operation:

SSC Office Hours

Monday-Friday 8 AM - 5 PM

Tutoring Program Hours
Monday-Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 3 PM