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
- Complete the Student Emergency Grant Application AND complete the NOVA Single Stop Screener.
- 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.
- 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).