Faculty and Staff
You are frontline workers for our students to receive the service and resources they need. On this page learn about how you can support our students and also how NOVA can support you! If you would like to refer a student, please email us or complete a student referral form.
Financial Stability Program’s SDV In-Class Presentation Request
The Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers can visit your class.
If you are interested in having someone from our program present in one of your class sessions, please submit the In-Class Presentation Request Form.
Faculty and Staff Toolkit
Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is committed to our students beyond academics and our faculty and staff play a huge role in this.
In 2019, 49% of NOVA students experienced at least one basic needs insecurity. However, only about 11% of the students experiencing basic needs insecurity at NOVA used on-campus supports. Thus, the role of faculty and staff is critical in understanding available on-campus resources to help students in needs. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rates are at a historic high at 7.4 points higher than June 2019. According to the Virginia employment commission, Virginia unemployment is lower than the national average but 5.6 points higher than the previous year. Our NOVA student families have been heavily impacted by the pandemic and NOVA is producing financial pressures for our students and their families.
Common Signs of Student Distress
Often, faculty and staff are the first to notice when a student is having a difficult time. Distress can affect students’ academic performance and personal well-being. Below are common signs of student distress some that may be mistaken for student character flaws.
- Frequent absence from class
- Consistent lack of preparation for class
- Lacks supplies and materials to complete assigned classwork
- Frequent requests for extensions
- Marked change of behavior
- Displays of aggression
- Poor/Short attention span
- Unable to follow lectures
- Sleeps in class
- Poor self-esteem
- Extreme shyness
- Resistance to forming relationships with classmates or faculty/staff
- Difficulty trusting individuals
Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers
Our program is a "one-stop shop" for students on all 6 NOVA campuses. Please click through our website to learn about our many resources.
- Government Resources
- Community Resources
- Food Access
- Financial Wellness
Common Student Challenges
- Financial Problems
- Health Issues
Statement for Syllabus
Including a statement about NOVA services that assist students with their overall well-being and challenges is very important. You should include the following statement on your syllabus:
Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers: Students can receive assistance from professionals who will help connect them to local community and governmental resources through personal contact and the Single Stop screening tool.
Helping Your Students
- Let your students that you are there for them and assure them that communicating about personal challenges will not affect their grade.
- Include our sample statement in your syllabus
- Invite us to come speak to your students.
- Remind students about our resources: food assistance, financial coaching, free tax preparation workshops, etc.
- Encourage extra credit for attending our events.
ALICE stands for Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed and many of our students would identify as part of the ALICE population. Learn more about ALICE here.
Employee Emergency Assistance Fund
The purpose of the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is to award financial assistance to NOVA employees who are experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship and unable to meet a basic need. The program is administered through the NOVA Office of Human Resources and a committee comprised of the Executive Director of the NOVA Educational Foundation (or his/her designee), the Associate Vice President of Human Resources (or his/her designee) and three at-large members who are NOVA employees and appointed by the College Senate. The Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is possible because of the support of the NOVA Foundation and NOVA employees.
Learn more and apply for the Employee Emergency Assistance Fund here.