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Who Is Eligible?

To qualify for financial aid, you must:

  • Be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing.
  • Not be in default on a federal educational loan or owe a repayment to a federal grant.

State and federally funded aid programs require:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Permanent residency, Asylee or refugee status
  • Virginia residency (state funds only)
  • Federal school code for NOVA 003727


  • Need-based financial aid is not available to international students, although many students can qualify for loans without demonstrating need.
  • Credits for audited courses do not count in any financial aid eligibility calculation.
  • Most courses taken through the NOVA Online may qualify for financial aid eligibility.
  • All financial aid programs require placement in an eligible degree or certificate curriculum.