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NOVA’s financial aid programs can make your college education more affordable than you thought possible. Our need-based programs provide scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities that are sponsored by the federal and state governments and the College. Need-based financial aid is not available to international students, although many students can qualify for loans without demonstrating need?

If you wish to be considered for financial aid for Fall 2008, you must complete the 2008-2009 FAFSA and submit all documents no later than March 31 in order to receive an offer of financial aid in sufficient time to pay your tuition and fees.  After this date, awards will continue to be made retroactively and funds will be disbursed after the add/drop period to the student’s mailing address.  If you were a late applicant for financial aid, you must make arrangements to pay your tuition by other means to ensure that your classes are not dropped.

To apply for financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Specialist at the Student Services Center on any NOVA campus. You can apply online at www.nvcc.edu/finance/. Your eligibility is determined based on the information you file with the federal government using Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and your selection of a major in an eligible degree or certificate program. Be sure to enter NOVA’s College School Code: NVCC 003727. The FAFSA can be filed online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov or by going to www.nvcc.edu/finance/ . You must also meet other federal and state eligibility criteria. While most programs require enrollment for at least six (6) semester credits, some funds are available to students enrolled for fewer than six (6) semester credits. Applicant materials may be mailed to NOVA, College Financial Aid Office, Forbes Office Center, Annandale, VA 22003-3796.

NOVA’s Student Financial Aid Services brochure provides a comprehensive description of the programs and application procedures for student aid. Copies are available from all campus Financial Aid Specialists, Student Services Centers, or the College Financial Aid Office.

The NOVA Tuition Assistance Grant (NOVA TAG) is available for the Fall 2008 semester. To qualify, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrate financial need, and enroll in at least six (6) semester credits. Awards will be made on the basis of need and application date. For more information, visit our Web page at www.nvcc.edu/finance.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER: If you fail to attend a classroom-based course and/or fail to complete an activity in a distance education course, you may be withdrawn from the course and your financial aid award will be recalculated.

If you received more funds than can be justified based on your failure to attend the course, you will be required to repay the overpayment. This may occur at any point during the semester/term if the College Financial Aid Office becomes aware of a situation affecting your enrollment status. You will not be eligible to re-enroll until the debt has been repaid.

Veterans’ Benefits
If you are applying for or are receiving educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, you must contact a campus veterans’ advisor each semester to complete the necessary forms to establish and maintain your eligibility for benefits. Any changes must also be reported promptly to the veterans’ advisor. See the College Catalog or the College Web site at www.nvcc.edu/finance/vaWeb for more details.

The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program (VMSDEP) provides eligible students enrolled in a Virginia public college or university with certain education benefits in acknowledgement of the military service and sacrifice of their military parent or spouse.  Complete details about eligibility, benefits, and application are posted on the Veterans Affairs Web site at www.nvcc.edu/finance/vaWeb.