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Student Emergency Grant

Please note: At this time there is only one fund to cover all student emergencies. Please submit your request using this link to the COVID-19 Emergency Student Emergency Grant Application.

Student Emergency Grant

The Student Emergency Grant program is available to provide one-time financial assistance to students experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. Emergency funds are for sudden, unexpected or unforeseen circumstances, which require immediate assistance that affect a student’s ability to remain enrolled at NOVA. These funds will not be allocated to pay for routine education expenses.

Some Examples of Emergencies

  • Temporary loss of job or income
  • Homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Fire in living quarters
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing or other essential belongings
  • Medical/dental emergency
  • Food or transportation needs
  • Loss of child care


To be eligible to apply for the Student Emergency Grant, you must:

  • Be a registered Northern Virginia Community College student during the semester in which the funds would apply (credit or non-credit)
  • Be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Provide documentation of the emergency
  • Not have received emergency funds during the current academic year


Emergency assistance to non-eligible students may be allocated based on a personal assessment and income status. New students (less than two quarters), Dual Enrollment students, and students not in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress will be considered on an individual, case-by-case, basis. This will be determined by the NOVA Student Emergency Grant Committee.

Grant Disbursement & Payment

Grant payments will be disbursed through the NVCC Educational Foundation and will be paid via check directly to a third party provider. For example, if a student needs to pay a past due utility bill or electricity will be terminated, the funds would be paid directly to the electricity company on behalf of the student.

Student Emergency Grant Application Steps

  1. Complete the Student Emergency Grant Application AND complete the NOVA Single Stop Screener.
  2. Once both applications are submitted, the Single Stop Coordinator will be in contact to schedule an intake appointment to evaluate the emergency and discuss next steps.
  3. Individuals are notified of a decision within 1 week after of the intake appointment and once all other steps are completed (e.g. meeting with NOVA’s Financial Expert).