How to Apply for Financial Aid

2024-25 FAFSA Changes, Resources, and New Timeline

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the financial aid process have significantly changed for the 2024–25 aid year following Congress’s passing of the FAFSA Simplification Act. 

While these changes should eventually streamline the financial aid application process and expand access to the Federal Pell Grant, there have been some unexpected delays and problems with the 2024–25 FAFSA form and website.  Since the 2024–25 FAFSA was launched in early January 2024, there have been a fair number of issues with the form, with many students unable to submit it via the FAFSA website.  Although the U.S. Department of Education (DOED) is working as quickly as possible to resolve the outstanding issues, DOED does not plan to send the 2024–25 FAFSA results to colleges until mid-March 2024. 

To accommodate students who may be experiencing difficulties submitting the 2024–25 FAFSA, NOVA has pushed back the priority application filing date from March 1, 2024, to May 1, 2024. This decision was also made to allow time for the DOED to work on resolving the remaining issues with the FAFSA website.  

Students are encouraged to try submitting the 2024–25 FAFSA now via the website.  If they are unable to do so, they may wait and try submitting the FAFSA again later.  Eligible students who successfully submit the 2024–25 FAFSA with NOVA’s school code (003727) and who turn in all items that may be requested on their myNOVA Student Information System (SIS) To-Do List by May 1, 2024, can expect to be awarded financial aid for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 by mid-May 2024.

Students may stop by a campus Financial Aid Office or email for assistance.

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to apply for financial aid. 

  • When applying for admission at, please provide your Social Security number (SSN) on the admission application so that your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be received and linked to your file. If your SSN was not listed on your admission application, please contact Student Services to correct your record.
  • Contact a counselor to declare an eligible major if you did not do so when you applied for admission.
  • Most one-and two-year programs at NOVA are eligible.
  • Transfer students should request official transcripts from all schools previously attended and request a transfer credit evaluation by the College Records Office.

  • Create an account (FSA ID) through the Federal Student Aid website
  • All individuals who enter information on a student’s FAFSA (i.e. contributors), including parents or a spouse, must have their own account (FSA ID) with a different email address.

Click here to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete the FAFSA at Click: Apply for Aid > Complete the FAFSA form.
  • Submit the 2023-2024 FAFSA for Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024.
  • Submit the 2024-2025 FAFSA for Fall 2024, Spring 2025, and Summer 2025.
  • Enter NOVA's federal school code (003727) on the FAFSA.
  • Be sure that your name on the FAFSA exactly matches the name on your Social Security card.
  • Contact the  Financial Aid Office or call the  Financial Aid Support Center at 855.323.3199 if you need assistance.
  • Remember to submit the FAFSA to reapply for financial aid each academic year.

  • Within two weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education with instructions on how to access your Student Aid Report (SAR) online. Carefully review it to ensure it is correct and complete.
  • Read the comments on your SAR and verify that your FAFSA was not rejected. Also make sure that NOVA's school code (003727) was listed.
  • You may correct any mistakes at

  • Verify if additional information has been requested by logging into myNOVA and frequently checking your  To Do List by clicking: SIS: Student Information System > My Student Information > Student Center > To Do List. Click on each To Do List item for instructions.

  • Approximately one in three students is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education; additional files are selected by NOVA.
  • Verify if additional information has been requested by logging into myNOVA and frequently checking your To Do List.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office or call the Financial Aid Student Support Center at 855.323.3199 if you need assistance.

  • You will be notified via your myNOVA Message Center when you are offered financial aid.
  • You may then review the type(s) and amount(s) of assistance you were offered by logging into myNOVA and going to: SIS: Student Information System > My Student Information and under the Finances section click View Financial Aid
  • Accept, decline or reduce student loans and work-study in your myNOVA account.
  • If you decide to borrow a student loan, complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at
  • Note that aid offered prior to the term census (which is the last day to drop with a tuition refund for the longest session of the fall, spring, or summer term) is based on anticipated full-time enrollment in courses required for your program. If you register for less than 12  eligible credits, your aid may be adjusted after the census.
  • Aid will be adjusted throughout the term if enrollment status and aid eligibility change due to dropped courses or non-attendance, as explained on our policies and procedures website.

  • Select and enroll in your courses before the term census date. Pell Grant eligibility is determined by the credits in which you are enrolled and are attending as of that date. Neither Pell Grant nor state aid will increase if you add classes later.
  • Aid can only be offered for courses that are required for your degree or certificate. Review your  Advisement Report to ensure your courses are required. You can also view course eligibility by logging into myNOVA and by clicking SIS: Student Information System > My Student Information > Financial Aid > View Course Eligibility.
  • Contact an advisor to discuss your courses if you have any questions.

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  • If you have enough financial aid to pay for tuition, fees and books, your financial aid may be used during a limited time period to buy required textbooks and supplies through the bookstore. This option is available two weeks before the start of the longest session of each term and two weeks before the second 7-week session in the fall and spring terms and goes through the term census date.
  • Complete the  Bookstore Authorization e-Form on your myNOVA To Do List each academic year.

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  • A check may be mailed to your address listed in myNOVA for any credit balance on your account if you do not set up direct deposit as your refund preference.
  • If your address has changed, contact Student Services or update your mailing address on your myNOVA Student Center under Personal Information.
  • Approximately six weeks into the term (if enrollment and attendance have been established at that time), excess financial aid above what you owe the College will be processed for disbursement.

  • NOVA has contracted with NelNet to process electronic financial aid disbursements and tuition refunds to students. For more information and to set up your refund preference, please review the refund tutorial.
  • Note that you might receive multiple refunds due to the timing of different types of aid disbursing to your account.
  • Once aid is disbursed to your student account, allow 6-7 business days to receive the excess aid via direct deposit or up to 10-14 days to receive a check.

Priority Application Dates

The FAFSA becomes available at on October 1 almost a year before the following academic year begins. Please take note of the following important financial aid filing dates and apply early!  Students who submit their FAFSA and any additional requested items by these dates should be awarded any funds they qualify for prior to the start of classes.

  • Summer Session: April 1 (prior to the beginning of Summer term)
  • May 1, 2024 is the priority application date for Fall 2024.
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (prior to the beginning of Spring term)

More detailed information is provided in the Financial Aid Handbook.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office.