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Our scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities can make your college education more affordable than you ever thought possible. Need-based financial aid is not available to international students, although many students can qualify for loans without demonstrating need.

Applying for financial aid is simple -- just follow our easy guide or view the FAFSA Tutorial.

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NOVA is now 100% Direct Lending. Loans are money that you or your parents borrow and repay with interest. Education loans are offered at low interest rates and have long repayment terms. Some loans require a demonstration of need, others do not.

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Scholarships are awards that do not have to be paid back and are based on student performance and talent. Some scholarships consider financial need when determining eligibility.

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Students looking for grantsGrants are financial awards that are based on demonstration of financial need and do not have to be paid back.

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Work-study is a financial aid program that allows eligible students to earn money toward their educational expenses by working a part-time job at one of the NOVA campuses. The work-study program is administered by Campus Work-Study Coordinators and the College Financial Aid Office. 

Students must be eligible for federal financial aid, be enrolled in at least 6 credits, and have demonstrated financial need in order to potentially qualify for federal work-study.  All work-study awards are contingent on the student’s eligibility, funding, and approval by the NOVA Human Resources Department and the College Financial Aid Office. 

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Welcome to the Financial Aid Dashboard, where you can log in to view, complete and submit requested financial aid information and/or forms to the NOVA financial aid office.

Latest News

Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program 
5.4.2015

The purpose of the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program is to increase access to higher education and to develop student leadership potential for graduating high school seniors who will be attending a Virginia Community College for the first time in Fall 2015. One ($3,125) scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.  The Student Financial Aid Committee will select the recipient in July. The recipient will be notified by August 2015.  The following criteria will be used to award the scholarship:

  1. Commonwealth Legacy Scholars will be students attending Northern Virginia Community College for the first time in Fall 2015.
  2. Selections will be based on merit.
  3. Scholars will demonstrate academic excellence during high school.
  4. Scholars will demonstrate a willingness to promote community college education and the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program.
  5. Scholars will demonstrate a willingness to mentor future scholars.
  6. Scholars will demonstrate a commitment to developing leadership potential.
  7. Students must be full-time, associate’s degree seeking students with plans to graduate from a Northern Virginia Community College.
  8. Scholars must agree to an interview with the selecting committee to be considered.
  9. If selected, recipients agree to participate in the annual Student Leadership program.

To apply, click here.

College Access Workshop
3.17.2015

Thinking about going to back to college? NOVA is currently offering workshops sponsored by the Adult Career Pathways to help those adult students, who are seeking to enhance their education, as they apply for college. Come out and enroll at NOVA; also get “one-on-one” assistance with the admission process, completing the FAFSA, choosing the right program of study, and more! The next workshop is Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. To register for a workshop, go to http://www.nvcc.edu/acp and click “Apply to ACP”.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 19, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
  • March 24, 2015, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
  • April 1, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
  • April 2, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
  • April 15, 2015, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM

For more information, click here.

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Who Is Eligible?

To qualify for financial aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing.
  • Not be in default on a federal educational loan or owe a repayment to a federal grant.

State and federally funded aid programs require:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Permanent residency or refugee status
  • Virginia residency (state funds only)
  • Federal school code for NOVA 003727

Credits for audited courses do not count in any financial aid eligibility calculation. Most courses taken through the Extended Learning Institute may qualify for financial aid eligibility. All financial aid programs require placement in an eligible degree or certificate curriculum.

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