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Financial Aid

Our scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities can make your college education more affordable than you ever thought possible. Need-based financial aid is not available to international students, although many students can qualify for loans without demonstrating need.

Applying for financial aid is simple -- just follow our easy guide or view the FAFSA Tutorial.

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NOVA is now 100% Direct Lending. Loans are money that you or your parents borrow and repay with interest. Education loans are offered at low interest rates and have long repayment terms. Some loans require a demonstration of need, others do not.

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Scholarships are awards that do not have to be paid back and are based on student performance and talent. Some scholarships consider financial need when determining eligibility.

Current NOVA Scholarships

Students looking for grantsGrants are financial awards that are based on demonstration of financial need and do not have to be paid back.

See Grants available to NOVA students

Work-study is a financial aid program that allows eligible students to earn money toward their educational expenses by working a part-time job at one of the NOVA campuses. The work-study program is administered by Campus Work-Study Coordinators and the College Financial Aid Office. 

Students must be eligible for federal financial aid, be enrolled in at least 6 credits, and have demonstrated financial need in order to potentially qualify for federal work-study.  All work-study awards are contingent on the student’s eligibility, funding, and approval by the NOVA Human Resources Department and the College Financial Aid Office. 

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Welcome to the Financial Aid Dashboard, where you can log in to view, complete and submit requested financial aid information and/or forms to the NOVA financial aid office.

Latest News

FAFSA Webinar: It's QUICK, EASY, FREE, and it HELPS!

How are you going to fund your education?
The U.S. Department of Education will host a webinar on Thursday, March 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT for all students on how and why one should apply for FAFSA. This is the first step to helping you keep college affordable.
Applying for FAFSA will open many opportunities for grants, scholarships, and work-study funds.
To participate in the webinar, please see the audio and webinar log-in information below:
Audio Log-In Information
Conference Call-in number: 888.324.7817
Participant Passcode: 5807243
Webinar Information:
1. Click Here.
2. Webinar Meeting Number: 742 428 548
3. If requested, enter your name, email address and institution.
4. Enter the meeting password: whitehouseaapi
5. Click "Join".
6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Financial Aid Campus Office Hours
The College Financial Aid Office (CFAO) and all campus financial aid offices will be closed on Friday, February 14th, for departmental-wide training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Financial Aid Support Center is available at: 1-855-323-3199. All offices will resume normal hours on Saturday, February 15th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

NOVA Scholarship Application
The on-line scholarship application is now active and accepting new scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 NVCC Educational Foundation scholarships. The scholarship application process has been revised and all applicants will need to log via their MyNova username and password. Please be sure to complete the application process accurately and prior to the application deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014.

To access Financial Aid Scholarship Applications, you need a username and password.

  • Username: Your MyNOVA username is the same username you use for NOVAConnect, Blackboard and Student email.
    • Example: If your Email is, then your username is rs0001.
  • Password: Your MyNOVA password is the same password you use for NOVAConnect, Blackboard and Student email.

Financial Aid Newsletter – “Greenback” 
Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid Greenback, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue we give you additional information on NOVA’s new Verification Interview process, the 150% loan eligibility guidelines, the new Financial Aid Dashboard with E-Forms and spring book purchase information. This newsletter is designed to help students and staff members stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the world of financial aid.

This issue will be available in electronic form with some limited copies at your campus financial aid office. Check it out and share your feedback on our Facebook page!

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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 or refugee status
  • Virginia residency (state funds only)
  • Federal school code for NOVA 003727

Credits for audited courses do not count in any financial aid eligibility calculation. Most courses taken through the Extended Learning Institute may qualify for financial aid eligibility. All financial aid programs require placement in an eligible degree or certificate curriculum.

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