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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.

Current NOVA Scholarships

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

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

NOVA Scholarship Application Deadline Extension
2.18.2015

The online scholarship application deadline has been extended and is accepting new scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 NVCC Educational Foundation scholarships. The scholarship application process has been revised, and all applicants will need to log in via the Academic Works scholarship site (the same site that was used in the Fall 2014 cycle). Please be sure to complete the application process accurately and prior to the application deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015.

Financial Aid Newsletter - GREENBACK
2.4.2015

Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid GREENBACK, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: new electronic refund options, FAFSA to replace the Student Aid PIN, being proactive with your student loans and more. This newsletter is designed to help students and staff members stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the world of financial aid.

Financial Aid 101 Webinar on Federal Student Aid Programs and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
1.16.2015

The Super FAFSA Project Virginia has partnered with the Office of Federal Student Aid to offer the following webinar to Virginians:  

"FREE Financial Aid 101 Webinar on Federal Student Aid Programs and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)"   

This webinar is scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST and is being presented by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Federal Student Aid. College bound students and their parents are encouraged to register at http://tinyurl.com/FA101webinar.

This webinar is solely for Virginians. You can access the flier here.

NOVA Scholarship Application
1.9.2015
The on-line scholarship application is now active and accepting new scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 NVCC Educational Foundation scholarships. The scholarship application process has been revised, and all applicants will need to log in via the Academic Works scholarship site (the same site that was used in the Fall 2014 cycle). Please be sure to complete the application process accurately and prior to the application deadline: Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

  • To access the Financial Aid Scholarship Applications, you will need to sign up, if you have not already done so, by using your VCCS email and creating your own password.
    • To be eligible to apply you must have an active VCCS application and a valid VCCS-issued email address. If you are not able to sign in, check the status of your VCCS/NOVA application.
    • Once you have signed in, complete the General Application first.
    • Once you have completed the General Application, you are welcome to apply for any additional scholarships that may interest you, provided you meet the requirements.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Financial Aid Support Center (855.323.3199) or your campus representative for additional assistance.

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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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