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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

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

Second 8-Week Book Purchase Period

Students with pending, undisbursed financial aid can purchase books against their excess financial aid beginning Oct. 1 and continue through the session census date, Oct. 25. Students must sign a statement allowing the charges, and must purchase all desired and required books and materials by Oct. 24. Students enrolled in late starting classes who wish to use their financial aid to purchase books must do so during this purchase period. Students who are awarded after the second 8-week session census date will not be able to charge bookstore purchases to their financial aid award. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Financial Aid Support Center.

Be sure to check MyNOVA for financial aid updates.

Financial Aid Launches New Scholarship Application Process

The Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation and the College Financial Aid Office (CFAO) are launching a new online scholarship management process. NOVA has partnered with Academic Works to present, manage and award scholarships. Students can now submit, track and accept scholarship offers online. Interested students can go to: and sign-up with their VCCS issued email, create a password, and then complete the general application. The general application will then match the student for all scholarships they are qualified for and identify any additional scholarships that would require additional information. Overall, this is a much more streamlined application process for students to apply for scholarships. Apply today at: .

Financial Aid Newsletter – “Greenback”

Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid Greenback, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue we give you additional information on the 150% loan eligibility guidelines, the Financial Aid Pending (FAP) process and fall bookstore purchase authorization e-form. 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.

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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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