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Re-Employing Virginians (REV)

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REV Grants for Virginia Workers Impacted by COVID-19.

Enrollment for REV has closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

The REV Initiative

The Re-Employing Virginians (REV) initiative helps current and future students cover the cost of tuition and fees in fields that will lead to careers. If you are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19 you can receive up to $3,000 for short-term training or certification programs at NOVA.

We Want to Help You Get Back to Work

Review the eligibility requirements and then complete the REV Self-Certification Form, and the other steps. Then check your email because a Navigator will contact you and assist you with the process, making sure you have everything you need to make the most of this opportunity.

Students who wish to be considered for REV funding must submit a REV Self-Certification form on or before Monday, December 06, 2021. No awards can be made for the Spring 2022 term, including intersession courses. NOVA Workforce and FastForward courses being considered for a REV voucher must begin no later than December 1, 2021 and end no later than December 30, 2021.


To qualify for REV funds for high-demand workforce education programs at NOVA (see list of programs below), you must certify that you meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Virginia resident who lost his/her job due to COVID-19 and received unemployment benefits on or after Aug. 1, 2020.
  • A Virginia resident who was laid off from a full-time job due to COVID-19 and now works part-time, earning less than $15/hour.

*Please note the following are not eligible for REV:

  • Individuals who resigned from full-time employment to care for sick relatives or stay home with school-age children. (May be eligible for other financial assistance.)
  • DACA and dual enrolled students.
  • Due to the competitive admissions of the Medical Education programs, only current NOVA medical education students are eligible for REV funds for healthcare programs. All FastForward healthcare programs are eligible for REV funds and available to new students.

Next Steps

If you meet the requirements above, then you’re on your way. To take advantage of this one-time-only opportunity, follow these three steps: 

1. Review and submit your REV Self-Certification form.

2. Apply to NOVA.

  • If you select short-term workforce training (FastForward eligible programs), you’ll receive up to $1,500 which will be applied to your course tuition. Create a NOVA Workforce profile here! (FastForward programs only)
  • If you select classes for a career studies certificate or an associate degree, you’ll receive up to $1,500 for part-time or up to $3,000 for full-time – both applied directly to your student account. Apply here!

3. Check your email, because an advisor will reach out to you soon about enrolling in classes.

This is a one-time funding effort to help Virginians recover from job loss or underemployment due to COVID-19. Complete steps 1 and 2 today to begin the process because funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis through December 14, 2021, or until funds are exhausted.

4. Please Note: The REV voucher can only be used during the Fall 2021 semester and towards one program. You can either use the REV voucher for an Associate Degree, Career Studies Certificate program or for a Short-Term FastForward Non-Credit program. The award covers tuition and fees.

Eligible Programs