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 are posted on the office’s Web site at The College publishes the Student Financial Aid Services Brochure annually. This publication provides detailed information on application procedures and program eligibility criteria.

Part-time employment is available through the College’s 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 at

Applications for financial aid are available from the College Financial Aid Office or Counseling Services Center, any campus Financial Aid Information Service, or the College Financial Aid Web site at 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 2004-2005 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. 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. Some 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% of the credits for which they enrolled. Credits completed are those for which grades of A, B, C, D, R, S, or P are earned. The following schedule indicates the number of credits that a financial aid recipient must complete satisfactorily in relation to the number of credits attempted.

Credits for Which
Recipient is Enrolled

Credits Recipient
Must Complete



















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

Maximum Credits
You may only receive financial aid for 150% of the length of an associate degree program or an eligible certificate program. You 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, you may exceed the semester credit hour maximum up to the maximum permissible limit for ESL/Developmental coursework. You 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, your 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


not applicable







If you fail to meet these requirements and lose eligibility for financial aid, you 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, who 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 Office 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. Scholarship information may also be found on the College Financial Aid Web site at

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
Gary Ballmann Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Max L. Bassett 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
Dorothy Cavagnaro Scholarship
Marcia Clark Scholarship
Clifton Community Woman’s Club Scholarship
Senator Charles Colgan Scholarship
Jim Cote Memorial Scholarship
Stuart Dearing Memorial Scholarship
Margaret Dellert Scholarship
Alan B. Day/Chattanooga Physical Therapist Scholarship
Helen, Irv, and D’Ann Denton Accounting Endowed Scholarship
Nancy Hanratty Detling Scholarship
Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Endowed Scholarship
eCommerce Student Scholarship
Sibel Edmonds Scholarship
Emergency Nursing Scholarship
Richard J. Ernst Endowed Scholarship
Excalibur Physical Therapist Scholarship
Extended Learning Institute Scholarship
Fairfax County Department of Animal Control Scholarship
James Freimuth Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc./Mu Omicron Chapter Scholarship
Goodwill Scholarship
Goose Creek Herb Guild Scholarship
Shirley Gravette Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Great Falls Woman’s Club Scholarship
Goodwill Scholarship
Doris Hanlon Scholarship
Brian E. Hansen Writing Center Endowed Scholarship
Nathan Harner Memorial Scholarship
Dr. Kay K. Haverkamp Memorial Scholarship
Paula Hickey Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Hospitality Management Scholarship
Interstate Van Lines Endowed Scholarship
Mary C. Jackson 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, Virginia Chapter Scholarship
Mary G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship
George F. Lowerre Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The James Luykx Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Carolyn R. MacLane Memorial 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
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
Rocky Run Garden Club Scholarship
Linda J. Romeo Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Abner Sachs Endowed Scholarship
Sasscer Memorial Scholarship
Kay Shuler 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
Voiture 380 Nursing Scholarship
Voiture #934 Nursing Scholarship
Wallenberg Scholastic Achievement Award Scholarship
Karen E. Walsh Memorial Scholarship
Washington Forrest Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Dr. Belle S. Wheelan Endowed Scholarship
Lawrence Wheeler Scholarship
Woodbridge Campus Loan Fund
Woodbridge Faculty and Staff Scholarship
Josie Wynn Memorial Scholarship
Herbert & Marion Zimmer Endowed Scholarship
Zonta Club of Arlington Scholarship
Zonta Club of Fairfax Scholarship
Zonta Club of Fairfax Career Studies Certificate Scholarship



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