NVCC 1998-1999 Catalog
    Student Development Services

Financial Aid Services

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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 provides information about financial aid programs, application procedures, and eligibility. The college publishes the Student Financial Aid Services brochure annually. This publication provides detailed information on application procedures and program eligibility criteria.
    Jobs are available on campus through a work-study 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. 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.
    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. 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 2.5, 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.
    Applications for financial aid are available from the College Financial Aid Office or campus Financial Aid Information Service. 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 is composed of representatives of the administration, student body, Financial Aid Information Service, and faculty as appointed by the president. The Committee reviews and recommends policy on administering financial aid programs.
    Additional information on scholarships, grants, loans, and on-campus employment may be found in the 1997-98 Student Financial Aid Services brochure. Information about financial aid policies pertaining to class attendance, recalculation of

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. Satisfactory progress will be evaluated by the College Financial Aid Office after each term for students enrolled in certificate programs and at the end of the spring semester for degree-seeking students. Career Studies Certificate programs are ineligible for student financial aid.

Credit Progression Schedule

    Credit Progression Schedule. Students must, at a minimum, receive a satisfactory grade in the courses attempted by completing 65% 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 on which financial aid is based.

  Credits Credits
  for Which Recipient Must
  Recipient is Enrolled Complete Satisfactorily
  14 or more 9
  12 - 13 8
  10 - 11 7
  9 6
  7 - 8 5
  6 4
  4 - 5 3
  3 2
  1 - 2 hours attempted

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

Maximum Credits

    Students who have reached 100 semester credits for a certificate will be ineligible for student financial aid. 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 30 semester credits of English-as-Second-Language (ESL) courses. ESL enrollment which exceeds the 30 credit limit may be charged against the 30 credit Developmental limit, but the combined total may not exceed 60 semester credits. For Developmental/ESL course work, students may exceed the 55 or 100 semester credits maximum.

Cumulative GPA Minimum Requirements

  Total Number  
  of Regular  
  Credits Attempted GPA Requirement
  0-12 not applicable
  13-23 1.5
  24-47 1.75
  48+ 2.0

    Students who fail to meet these requirements and lose eligibility for financial aid can appeal the decision. The appeal must be prepared in writing and must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documents. 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 your campus Financial Aid Information Service or 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, and some are curriculum or career related. 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:

    Robert Altomare Endowed Scholarship
    Alumni Federation Endowed Scholarship
    American Association of University Women--McLean
    American Legion Nursing Scholarship
    Annandale Music Scholarship
    Apple Federal Credit Union Scholarship
    Arlington Moose Lodge 1315 Scholarship
    Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Scholarship
    Philip Arnow Purchase Award in Art
    Association of Old Crows/Electronic Defense Association Scholarship
    Eleanor Becci Memorial Scholarship
    William Brian Beha Endowed Scholarship
    Biology Student Recognition Scholarship Award
    Marilyn S. Blois Emergency Fund
    Joseph E. Boneta Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Senator Adelard Brault Endowed Book Scholarship
    Brester and Strax Emergency Loan Fund
    Deanna Bronder Endowed Scholarship
    George L. Buc Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Jeff Carroll Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Central Fidelity National Bank Scholarship
    Clifton Womenís Club Scholarship
    Senator Charles Colgan Scholarship
    Jim Cote Memorial Scholarship
    Helen and Irv Denton Accounting Endowed Scholarship
    Nancy Hanratty Detling Scholarship
    Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Sibel Edmonds Scholarship
    Extended Learning Institute Scholarship
    Emergency Nursing Scholarship
    Fairfax County Auxiliary Medical Nursing Scholarship
    Fairfax County Department of Animal Control Scholarship
    James Freimuth Memorial Endowed Book Scholarship
    Goose Creek Herb Guild Scholarship
    Hendrick Honda Scholarship
    Paula Hickey Nursing Endowed Scholarship
    HRIM Scholarship
    Interstate Van Lines Endowed 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
    Kirk Scholarship
    Robert W. Koberg Scholarship
    Mary G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship
    George F. Lowerre Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Marketing Scholarship
    Mary Marshall Memorial Scholarship
    H. E. McCartney Automotive Scholarship
    Media General Cable Scholarship
    Charles S. Monroe and Jean M. Porter Endowed Scholarship
    Morino Scholars
    Music Benefit Scholarship
    William B. Nafey Memorial Scholarship
    Elaine Niner Scholarship
    NVCC Educational Foundation Endowed Scholarship
    Northern Virginia Nurserymenís Association Scholarship
    NVDS Dental Lab Technology Scholarship
    Rose Marie Oesterich Nursing Scholarship
    David T. Oliver Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Pan American Round Tables Nursing Scholarship
    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
    Physical Therapist Scholarship
    Rocky Run Garden Club Scholarship
    Semmler Math and Engineering Endowed Scholarship
    Sherman L. Sexton Endowed Scholarship
    Lynn Garris Sheldon Scholarship
    Kay Shuler Emergency Loan Fund
    Joseph Sobien Memorial Endowed Scholarship
    Soroptomistís Club Scholarship
    Voiture 934 Nursing Scholarship
    Washington Forrest Foundation Endowed Scholarship
    Women's Club of McLean Art Scholarship
    Women's Club of Vienna Scholarship
    Woodbridge Campus Loan Fund
    Woodbridge Faculty and Staff Scholarship
    Edward B. Wright Memorial Real Estate Appraisal Scholarship
    Josie Wynn Memorial Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Alexandria Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Arlington Scholarship
    Zonta Club of Fairfax Scholarship

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