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Special Programs

Special programs have unique eligibility requirements and most have separate applications. Generally, these grants do not have to be repaid if you complete the courses for which the grant was awarded. Funds for most programs are limited, so apply early! Also, be sure to apply for financial aid to be considered for other grants, loans and work-study opportunities.


National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarship for Engineering

NOVA CORE will provide full-tuition scholarships for up to two years for up to 40 students annually over the next five years. This significant opportunity is especially geared toward under-represented students in the engineering field - minorities, women, first-generation college students, and veterans. These grant-funded scholarships will allow participants to focus on their studies full time while developing the valuable skills needed to successfully complete their degrees at NOVA and transfer to four-year institutions.

Federal HEERF Student Emergency Grants

HEERF Student Emergency Grant funding is currently exhausted for Fall 2022. These funds can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or childcare. Students must be enrolled in a program of study and have completed high school or the equivalent. Please visit the Student Emergency Aid webpage for details.

G3 Grants

The G3 initiative provides an opportunity for any Virginian to earn a college credential that meets critical employer demands. HB 2204 established G3 as a last-dollar grant for eligible students after other grant aid is applied. Funding is available for either credit or non-credit programs. To be eligible for credit programs, applicants must be eligible for federal and state aid and must apply for financial aid by filing a FAFSA each award year, and submitting all required To-Do List items. If household income has declined within the last two years, students are encouraged to submit an income appeal after they apply for financial aid.

G3 is a limited pool of funds for students enrolled at least half-time in one of the eligible G3 credit or non-credit programs and will be awarded on a first-come/first-served basis as eligibility is determined. Awards can cover tuition and mandatory fees, a Student Support Incentive Grant (SSIG) of up to $2,250 per year for eligible students who are enrolled full-time and receive full Federal Pell Grants based on a $0 Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and a textbook stipend of $500 for full-time attendance, $375 for three-quarter-time and $250 for half-time enrollment. Additional details for G3 Grants can be found at G3 Initiative.