NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
    Administrative Information

Financial Aid Information

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    NVCC strives to assure that no one be denied the opportunity of attending the College for financial reasons. The financial aid program provides a variety of ways for you to get funds for college.
    A Financial Aid Information Service at each campus and the College Financial Aid Office provide information about financial aid programs, application procedures, and ELIgibility. Applications, forms, and information may be found by visiting the office’s Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/finance.     Part-time employment is available through the College’s on- and off-campus work-study programs that include a community service program. If you can show financial need, you may qualify for participation in this program.
    Loans are available through the Federal Perkins Student Loan and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs. If you need a loan, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for an ELIgibility determination and enroll at least half time (6 semester credit hours). Information on loan application procedures is also sent to students with their award letter notifications.
    Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) are federally funded and available in conjunction with other types of financial aid.
    The Federal Pell Grant, which is federally funded, requires demonstrated financial need. This program is available for students who qualify and enroll as full- or part-time students.
    The College Scholarship Assistance Programs (CSAP) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) provide grant awards for students domiciled in Virginia. The Commonwealth Grant program is provided through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia to students with demonstrated financial need attending Virginia colleges at least half time and who are making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia. The Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) is a state-funded program for Virginia residents who have been graduated from a Virginia high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.50, are classified as dependent for financial aid purposes, and demonstrate financial need. An official high school transcript must be sent to the College Financial Aid Office for an ELIgibility determination.
    The District of Columbia offers several grant programs that may be used at the College. These programs have varying ELIgibility criteria. The DC Tuition Assistance Grant is a residency-based program that pays the difference between in- and out-of-state tuition for qualified applicants. The DC LEAP program is for DC residents and awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. More information is available from the College Financial Aid Office or its Web page.
    Applications for financial aid are available from the College Financial Aid Office, any campus Financial Aid Information Service, or the College Financial Aid Web site at www.nvcc.edu/finance. Application must be made well in advance of the semester for which assistance is needed. Applicants for all aid programs, including loans, must file an approved need analysis application. Completed applications received by March 1 will receive priority consideration.
    The NVCC Student Financial Aid Committee reviews and recommends policy on administering financial aid programs. The Committee is composed of representatives of the administration, student body, Financial Aid Information Service, and faculty as appointed by the president.
    Additional information on scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus employment may be found in the 2003-2004 Student Financial Aid Services Brochure. Information about financial aid policies pertaining to class attendance, recalculation of awards, and repayment of funds may also be found in the Student Financial Aid Services Brochure.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
    Federal regulations require that a student receiving federal financial aid make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the standards set by the College. Effective July 1, 2003, Virginia financial aid regulations require undergraduate students to maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average after completion of at least 60 semester credit hours, and students are not ELIgible to receive Virginia Student Financial Assistance Program funds (Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program and Commonwealth Grant) after more than 15 credit hours beyond the minimum semester credits required for completion of the student’s degree program. Students who are identified as having met the College's definition of "Academic Suspension" are immediately disqualified for financial aid ELIgibility. These limitations include all terms of enrollment, whether or not aid was awarded or received. Progress is measured by the student's cumulative grade point average and credits earned in relation to those attempted and the length of the academic program. The College Financial Aid Office will evaluate satisfactory progress after each term for students enrolled in certificate programs and at the end of the spring semester for degree-seeking students. Most Career Studies Certificate programs are inELIgible for student financial aid.

Credit Progression Schedule
    Students must, at a minimum, receive a satisfactory grade in the courses attempted by completing 67

Credits Credits
for Which Recipient Must
Recipient is Enrolled Complete Satisfactorily
14 9.38
12 8.04
10 6.70
9 6.03
7 4.69
6 4.02
5 3.35
3 2.01
1 .67

    Note: Federal Direct Stafford Loan borrowers will have satisfactory academic progress reviewed prior to the disbursement of any loan proceeds.

Maximum Credits
    Students may only receive financial aid for 150% of the length of an associate degree program or an ELIgible certificate program. Students may receive financial aid for a maximum of 30 semester credits of Developmental Studies courses, if required as a result of placement testing, and for a maximum of 60 semester credits of English-as-Second-Language (ESL) courses. For Developmental/ESL course work, students may exceed the semester credit hour maximum up to the maximum permissible limit for ESL/Developmental coursework. A student will not be considered to have reached the maximum semester credit hour limit until after the semester in which the student reaches or exceeds 150% of the program length. However a student’s financial aid may be adjusted to the remaining ELIgible semester credits within 150% of the program length to prevent an over award.

Cumulative GPA Minimum Requirements

Total Number  
of Regular  
Credits Attempted GPA Requirement
0-12 not applicable
13-23 1.50
24-47 1.75
48+ 2.00

    Students who fail to meet these requirements and lose ELIgibility for financial aid can appeal the decision by completing the appropriate award year Satisfactory Academic Progress appeal form. The appeal must be prepared in writing and must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents. Appeals should be mailed to the College Financial Aid Office, Forbes Office Center, Annandale, Virginia 22003-3796. The policy statements are found in this catalog (see "Academic Standing" in the Administrative Information section), as well as the Student Handbook. They also may be obtained from any campus Financial Aid Information Service or the College Financial Aid Office.

    Private citizens, businesses, non-profit institutions, and associations have generously donated scholarship funds for students. Recipients are selected by the Student Financial Aid Committee, the donor, or the campus. Most scholarships require that you provide a statement of financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; however, some scholarships are field or career related and do not stipulate financial need as a requirement. The Financial Aid Information Service on each campus can provide information about the current availability of individual scholarships as well as application materials. The NVCC Educational Foundation publishes a list of available scholarships with their general criteria and deadlines.
    The following scholarships are generally available each year:

    Alexandria Woman’s Club Endowed Scholarship
    Robert Altomare Endowed Scholarship
    Alumni Federation Endowed Scholarship
    American Association of University Women – Fairfax City
    American Association of University Women - McLean
    American Legion Nursing Scholarship
    Apple Federal Credit Union Scholarship
    Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Scholarship
    Association of Old Crows/Electronic Defense Association Scholarship
    Gary Ballmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    James E. Bauserman Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Eleanor Becci Memorial Scholarship
    Margaret Lucille Bonner, R.N., Memorial Scholarship
    William Brian Beha Endowed Scholarship
    Biology Student Recognition Scholarship Award
    Marilyn S. Blois Emergency Fund
    Joseph E. Boneta Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Charleen Johnson Brady Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Senator Adelard Brault Endowed Book Scholarship
    Brester & Strax Emergency Loan Fund
    Deanna Bronder Endowed Scholarship
    George L. Buc Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Jeff Carroll Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Marcia Clark Scholarship
    Clifton Community Woman’s Club Scholarship
    Senator Charles Colgan Scholarship
    Jim Cote Memorial Scholarship
    Covance Veterinary Technology Scholarship
    Stuart Dearing Memorial Scholarship
    Margaret Dellert Scholarship
    Helen, Irv, and D’Ann Denton Accounting Endowed Scholarship
    Shirley Gravette Endowed Memorial Scholarship
    Nancy Hanratty Detling Scholarship
    Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Sibel Edmonds Scholarship
    Emergency Nursing Scholarship
    Richard J. Ernst Endowed Scholarship
    Extended Learning Institute Scholarship
    Fairfax County Auxiliary Medical Nursing Scholarship
    Fairfax County Department of Animal Control Scholarship
    Frasinel Scholarship
    James Freimuth Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
    Fuchs Family Scholarship
    Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc./Mu Omicron Chapter Scholarship
    Goose Creek Herb Guild Scholarship
    Great Falls Woman’s Club Scholarship
    Doris Hanlon Scholarship
    Brian E. Hansen Writing Center Endowed Scholarship
    Dr. Kay K. Haverkamp Memorial Scholarship
    Paula Hickey Nursing Endowed Scholarship
    Hospitality Management Scholarship
    Interstate Van Lines Endowed Scholarship
    Italian Heritage Lodge Scholarship
    Clifford Alan James Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    James L. Jones, Jr. Endowed Nursing Scholarship
    Merriam A. Jones Scholarship
    Dr. Barnard D. Joy Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Kaiser Permanente Health Sciences Endowed Scholarship
    Ladies of Harley/Winchester Chapter Scholarship
    John and May Lamont Memorial Scholarship
    Mary G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship
    George F. Lowerre Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Marketing Scholarship
    Mary Marshall Memorial Scholarship
    H. E. McCartney Automotive Scholarship
    Patricia McElroy Memorial Scholarship
    Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
    Charles S. Monroe & Jean M. Porter Endowed Scholarship
    Morino Scholars
    Arthur E. & Clara M. Morrissette Foundation Scholarship
    Music Benefit Scholarship
    William B. Nafey Memorial Scholarship
    Elaine Niner Scholarship
    Terry Noack Design Award Scholarship
    NVCC Educational Foundation Endowed Scholarship
    Fran O’Brien Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    David T. Oliver Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Harry Painter Endowed Scholarship
    Pan American Round Tables Nursing Scholarship
    CecELIa J. Parkin Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
    Physical Therapist Scholarship
    Rocky Run Garden Club Scholarship
    Linda J. Romeo Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Abner Sachs Endowed Scholarship
    Sellers Bulmer Science Scholarship
    Semmler Math and Engineering Endowed Scholarship
    Sherman L. Sexton Endowed Scholarship
    Lynn Garris Sheldon Scholarship
    Kay Singleton Scholarship
    Joseph Sobien Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Strayer University Education Foundation Scholarship
    Thompson Family Scholarship
    Mac Tredway Memorial Scholarship
    Vienna Woman's Club Scholarship
    Voiture 380 Nursing Scholarship
    Voiture #934 Nursing Scholarship
    Wachovia Foundation Scholarship
    Wallenberg Scholastic Achievement Award Scholarship
    Washington Forrest Foundation Endowed Scholarship
    Dr. Belle S. Wheelan Endowed Scholarship
    Woodbridge Campus Loan Fund
    Woodbridge Faculty and Staff Scholarship
    Josie Wynn Memorial Scholarship
    Herbert & Marion Zimmer Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Alexandria Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Arlington Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Fairfax Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Fairfax Career Studies Certificate Scholarship

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