Types of Aid

Financial Aid that Works for You

Finding the right type of Financial Aid sounds confusing. But, at NOVA, it doesn't have to be.

We have a wide range of financial aid options available: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities that help alleviate the stress of college tuition. It’s enough to worry about your studies, without the additional burden of worrying how you’re going to afford tuition.

[Note: For most financial aid options, you will need to complete a FAFSA to confirm your eligibility.]


Loans are money that you or your parents borrow and repay with interest. Education loans can be offered at lower interest rates with various repayment terms. Some loans require a demonstration of need; others do not.

All About Loans


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.

All About Scholarships


Grants are financial awards that are based on demonstration of financial need and do not have to be paid back.

All About Grants


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.

All About Work-Study