Homebuyer Education

Demonstrating completion of a homebuyer education program is a mandatory pre-requisite to use any Fairfax County homebuyer programs. Most new homebuyers complete the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) Homeownership Class. This six-hour class is taught in several locations throughout Northern Virginia. The VHDA Homeownership Class is free but because seating is limited so registration is required. To obtain a class schedule and for more information about the class call VHDA's toll free number (1-888-643-2696). You may also visit the VHDA website for information on their schedules and programs. The VHDA requires that everyone fill out and bring a Spending Plan to class.


Contact one of the VHDA Eduction Partners listed below or go to the VHDA website (www.VHDA.com) to find class offerings in the area. To register for a class, email or call the contact person shown on the Education Partner's or VHDA's website.

There are a limited number of classes held at the Fairfax County Government Center. However, understand that the Fairfax County Government is not the provider of the class. The classes are taught by representatives of VHDA. "In the event of inclement weather, classes will be cancelled if evening activities for Fairfax County are cancelled."

Registration is allowed only by email or in person. You must send the information below to: FTHBhomeownership@fairfaxcounty.gov. or provide it in person at the Fairfax County Department of Housing's Homeowernerip Resource Center (3700 Pender Drive Fairfax, VA 22030) from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m Wednesday (YOU CANNOT REGISTER BY PHONE). Also, no one will be admitted to the session or receive the class material 15-minutes after the start time and no children under the age of 18 are allowed to attend the class.

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Regardless of the method (i.e. via email or in person), your registration is not complete until you have received written confirmation (email registration) or spoken directly with a representative (in person). When your registration request is submitted via email, you will receive written confirmation within 5 business days. Until you receive confirmation, you are not considered registered for the class and therefore should not attempt to attend. Only requests for reasonable accommodations for the class will be allowed by phone. Call 703-246-5087 to request a reasonable accommodation.

VHDA Education Partners

Cornerstones - First Time Home Buyer Classes in English/Spanish

Classes are held at the Herndon Senior Center, 873 Grace Street, Herndon, VA 20170

To register, email: martin.rios@cornerstonesva.org. or telephone: 571-323-1439                        

The Center for Housing Counseling Training

The Center for Housing Counseling Training provides VHDA homeownership education classes on Saturday. All classes are taught at the Center's office located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Center for Housing Counseling Training
2550 Huntington Avenue, Suite 200
Alexandria, Virginia 22303

To see the class schedule and register online, please visit: www.housingtraining.org. For further information, call: 703-317-9086, ext. 103.

Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia

Housing and Community Services of Northern Virginia (HCSNV) offers the VHDA Homeownership Education Class in English and in Spanish from 9 AM to 3 PM .  Please call HCSNV at 703-372-5440 to register, or email at info@hcsnv.org.

South County Center
8350 Richmond Highway
Alexandria, VA 22309

Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington

The Metropolitan Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington sponsors the VHDA Homeownership Education Class on a monthly basis. All classes are taught at the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors in Fairfax, Virginia. Classes held at:

Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
8411 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax , Virginia

To get a schedule and register, call: 1-888-643-2696

VHDA Classes in Spanish

Comite Hispano de Virginia
5827 Columbia Pike, Segundo Piso
Falls Church , Virginia 22041
(Next to the Acura Dealer)
Registration: Jhoanna Zurita at 703-671-5666 ext. 16

The Hispanic Committee of Virginia holds classes at the above location from 9 AM to 4 PM in both Spanish and English.  To reserve a seat, call 703-671-5666 ext.16.
Location: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) - English/Spanish
Held at: Connections for Hope
13525 Dulles Technology Drive, #103
Herndon, VA

Registration: email - martin.rios@cornerstonesva.org.or 571-323-1439 or 703-435-6830

VHDA Classes in Korean

The Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington will hold the First-time Homebuyer Orientation and the VHDA class together in Korean. The location is at the Korean Community Service Center of Greater Washington, 7700 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.  Please call to make a reservation at phone number: 703-354-6345.

Credit Smart Classes

The Northern Virginia Urban League offers the six week Credit Smart classes in Alexandria.  Classes will be held at the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, 2nd floor conference center, Alexandria, VA 22309.  For more information and to reserve a seat, please call Geoffrey Tate at 202-320-0571 or email Geoff at g.tate@nvul.org.   In order to get a certificate, attendees must complete the entire series.  This is a financial literacy partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Human Services and the Homeownership and Relocation Services Division of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.

Topics include:

  • Your Credit and Why It Is Important; Understanding Credit Scoring
  • Establishing and Maintaining Good Credit; Avoiding Credit Traps
  • Managing Your Money; Goal Setting; Banking Services--An Important Step
  • Thinking Like a Lender
  • Becoming a Homeowner
  • Preserving Homeownership; Protecting Your Investment 

Our Daily Bread, Inc., offers a free budgeting class every month in different locations around Fairfax County. Please check their web site, www.ODBFairfax.org, for the dates and location of classes, and contact Marcelle Miles, Financial Literacy Manager, Our Daily Bread at 703-273-8829 to register.  In addition, Our Daily Bread offers a six-month financial mentoring program for motivated clients, and a free Financial Counseling Clinic most months of the year.  

Our Daily Bread, Inc., has arranged credit education classes in partnership with Fairfax County Human Services and the Homeownership and Relocation Services Division of the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.
Topics include:  

  • Your Credit and Why It Is Important
  • Managing Your Money and Banking Services
  • Establishing Good Credit
  • Understanding Credit Scoring
  • Avoiding Credit Traps and Restoring Your Credit
  • Becoming a Homeowner and Sustaining Homeownership 

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all County programs, services and activities. Special accommodations will be provided upon request. Please allow seven working days for preparation of materials. For information call 703-246-5101 or 703-385-3578 (TTY).

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