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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; NOVA international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid, but may still qualify for some scholarships and non-need-based student loans.

In order to receive a financial aid offer in time to cover your tuition and fees by the payment deadline for Fall 2011, you must complete the 2011-2012 FAFSA and submit all required documents no later than May 1. After May 1, awards will continue to be made for the term. All funds for which students are eligible will be disbursed after the add/drop period. Excess aid checks will be mailed to the student’s mailing address of record with NOVA. If you complete the financial aid process later than May 1, you must make arrangements to pay your tuition by other means until your aid is finalized to ensure that your classes are not dropped.

If you are applying for financial aid, it is very important that you include your Social Security Number when applying for admission to NOVA. The College Financial Aid Office cannot pull in your information electronically from the central FAFSA processor without it, and federal loans and Pell Grants will not process without the SSN on the Admissions side.

All information regarding the 2011-2012 FAFSA can be accessed online from the NOVA financial aid web site. Your eligibility is based on the information you file with the federal government using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).   Be sure to enter NOVA’s College School Code:  003727. The FAFSA can be filed online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.  In order to receive financial aid, you must meet other federal and state eligibility criteria and must be enrolled in an eligible program of study, effective from the beginning of the term. While most federal programs require enrollment for at least six (6) semester credits, some funds are available to students enrolled for fewer semester credits. Applicant materials can be mailed to NOVA, College Financial Aid Office Center, Annandale, VA 22003–3796.

NOVA’s Student Financial Aid Services brochure describes the programs and application procedures for student aid. Copies are available on the Financial Aid Website, from all campus Financial Aid Specialists, Student Services Centers, or the College Financial Aid Office. A 12-Step Application Guide outlines the step-by-step processes.

After completing the FAFSA, you should see a counselor to declare a major. You should also check your To Do List regularly to see if additional materials are required by the Financial Aid Office.  To find your To Do List, go to www.nvcc.edu, click on the My NOVA tab, enter User Name and password, click on �Student Information System,� > �Self-Service,� > �Student Center.�  The To Do List is on the right-hand side. 

Failure to Attend: If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in a distance learning class by the Census Date (Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund), your class registration will be administratively deleted. This means:

  • there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on your transcript;
  • the course credits will be deducted from your course load;
  • a reduction in credits may affect your student status – full-time or part-time;
  • you will not receive a tuition refund; and
  • your financial aid must be recalculated based on your revised enrollment status. Your financial aid award will likely change.

For financial aid purposes, dropping a class prior to the class start date or failing to begin a registered class at any point in the semester means that class cannot be counted toward your total hours and financial aid status. If you have already received more funds than can be justified based on a revised status, you will be required to repay the overpayment. 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 NOVA’s Catalog or go to http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/military/veterans/index.html 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 at http://www.nvcc.edu/future-students/enroll-for-classes/military/index.html

Substance Abuse Assistance

In accordance with the Drug Free-Schools and Communities Act of 1989, NOVA supports efforts to eliminate drug and alcohol abuse through a series of programs and services designed to prevent use of substances that are illegal and harmful, and to assist individuals who suffer from substance abuse. The use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol can endanger your health and your future. If you or someone you know needs help, contact Counseling Services at any campus for information about referral to community agencies.

No one may possess, sell, use, manufacture, give away, or otherwise distribute illegal substances while on campus or at College-sponsored events or meetings off-campus. Students who violate this policy will be subject to College discipline imposed through established due process procedures. The College will notify its police and any other appropriate law enforcement agencies when its rules regarding illegal substances are broken, and cooperate fully in any investigation and prosecution.