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Financial Aid - Current Students

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

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

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

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

NOVA Scholarship Application
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.

NOVA Launches “CashCourse” Financial Literacy tool

The NOVA Financial Aid Office is rolling out a Financial Literacy Program that provides quality training, education, and resources to raise knowledge and awareness of personal financial management topics including budgeting, spending, saving, and borrowing. Our goal is to educate and motivate students to make wise financial decisions that contribute to their success!

One great website we highly encourage you to use is CashCourse; a free, noncommercial,  financial education resource available to the entire NOVA community. CashCourse was created by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and it provides a wealth of information and interactive content on various financial topics that could benefit you and save you money!

To get started, go to and click Register Now. Enter your NOVA email, create a password, and then Log In.

Non-Citizen Undergraduate Scholarship List and Guide

This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for immigrant students that don't have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.

What's New This Year: Download PDF

  • Over 30 new scholarships
  • Scholarships now divided between Bay Area/California and National
  • Advice for DACA recipients applying to scholarships
  • Note: Pages 19-30 are national scholarships.

This list is revised regularly, so please check for updates. Last Update: March 2014

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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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