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.
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.
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.
Grants are financial awards that are based on demonstration of financial need and do not have to be paid back.
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.
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.
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: https://nvcc.academicworks.com/ 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: https://nvcc.academicworks.com/ .
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.
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.