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Re-Employing Virginians (REV)

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Governor Northam Directs $30 Million to Support Workforce Training for Unemployed Virginians

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. 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. The registration deadline is December 14, 2020.


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.

A Navigator will contact you and assist you with the process.

2. Schedule a REV advising session. Plan your courses with a NOVA Navigator and determine your REV funding.

  • If you select short-term workforce training (FastForward eligible programs), you’ll receive up to $1,500 which will be applied to your student account.
  • 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.

3. Complete enrollment process by December 14, 2020

This is a one-time funding effort to help Virginians recover from job loss or underemployment due to COVID-19. Connect with us today to begin the process because funding expires on December 14, 2020.

Eligible Programs

Associate of Applied Science

Career Studies Certificate