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General Information

Important Announcement

Funds for FANTIC and FastForward programs (Workforce Credential Grant) are available starting July 1, 2018. Funds and space availability are on a first come first served basis. Registration starts June 18 for classes starting after July 1. We urge you to register as soon as possible.

What is FastForward?

FastForward is a short-term workforce credential program to train Virginians for top, in-demand jobs across the Commonwealth. Sometimes the cost of programs that prepare you for these careers can create a financial barrier. Financial assistance is available to subsidize the cost of select pre-approved training programs. Students are required to pay one third the cost of the program with the explicit expectation they will seek and obtain the related credential identified for their program of choice. Failure to complete the class will result in the student’s financial obligation to pay an additional one-third of the cost of the program back to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Funding for this program is limited. The funds are available to Virginia residents who meet Virginia domicile requirements. See list of eligible programs below.

Those that participate in FastForward programs are financially responsible for the first third of the full course cost. If you are financially unable to pay the first third as determined by the predefined set of criteria, you may qualify for Workforce Financial Assistance (FANTIC). Funding for both FastForward and FANTIC programs is limited.

Learn more about FastForward at www.fastforwardva.org

What is the Workforce Financial Assistance (FANTIC)?

Workforce Financial Assistance (FANTIC) provides funding to students demonstrating the required financial need who desire to enroll in an approved workforce training program leading to the attainment of an industry-recognized credential or licensure and are not eligible for other funding grants or financial assistance. Applicants will be awarded on a first come first served basis. This financial assistance program will pay for 80% of the student’s cost (first one third of the FastForward program). Qualified students will be responsible for 20% of the tuition amount at the time of registration. Failure to complete the class will result in the student’s financial obligation to pay an additional one-third of the cost of the program back to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Funding for this program is limited.

NOVA’s Eligible Programs
  • CompTIA® A+ Certification (includes software and hardware)
  • CompTIA® Security+
  • CompTIA® Network+
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Cisco Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • Certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Billing & Coding Specialist (CBCS)
  • Nurse Aide Preparation (Certified Nurse Aide – CNA)
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)
  • Certified Pharmacy Tech

FastForward program tuition chart

Please visit MyWorkforce for additional information on these programs.

Important: Participants can register for only one FastForward course at a time. If an individual registers for a second FastForward program while they are currently enrolled in a FastForward course, and they have not sat for the Industry Credential exam, they will be dropped from the second course.

What is Expected?

Participants in FastForward or FANTIC programs are expected to attend at least 90% of all class meetings, satisfactorily complete any requirements set by the instructor and/or program, and sit for the Industry Credential exam. 

For courses where the Industry Credential exam is not offered at the end of the course, participants have 30 calendar days from the end of the in-class program to sit for the exam.

How to Qualify?

To qualify for Workforce Financial Assistance (FANTIC) or FastForward subsidized tuition you must meet the Virginia domicile requirements. Virginia "domicile" means you have lived in Virginia and intended to stay here indefinitely for at least one year prior to the date of application. A domicile determination form will be part of your registration process.

For FastForward:

  1. Create a MyWorkforce student profile (new students only).
  2. Complete all prerequisites based on the program of your choice. Prerequisites are listed in the course description. Most IT programs have an online skills assessment that ensures you have the adequate foundation to benefit from the course content. If your test results do not meet the minimum requirements, a counselor will be in touch to discuss your options.
  3. Register and pay for your course. The FastForward agreement (preview) and domicile form will be part of your registration process. If you are domiciled in Virginia, your tuition will be discounted. Tuition payment is due at the time of registration.

For FANTIC:

  1. Create a MyWorkforce student profile (new students only).
  2. Complete all prerequisites based on the program of your choice. Prerequisites are listed in the course description. Most IT programs have an online skills assessment that ensures you have the adequate foundation to benefit from the course content. If your test results do not meet the minimum requirements, a counselor will be in touch to discuss your options.
  3. Carefully read and complete the FANTIC Application Packet.
  4. Submit your fully completed application packet including support documents in person to any full-service NOVA Workforce office. Applications should be submitted at least 2 weeks before the class starting date. Completion of the application does not guarantee you have qualified for FANTIC.
  5. Register and pay for your course. Course registration and payment information will be provided to qualified FANTIC applicants.
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