Request a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). Create an account (FSA ID) at https://studentaid.gov. If you are required to provide parental information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), one parent must also request his or her own FSA ID.
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete the FAFSA at https://studentaid.gov. Click: Apply for Aid > Complete the FAFSA form. (Your name must match the name on your Social Security card.) Submit the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. Enter NOVA’s federal school code (003727) on the FAFSA.
Verify the information on your Student Aid Report. Within two weeks after you submit the FAFSA, you will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education with instructions on how to access your Student Aid Report (SAR) online. Carefully review it to ensure it is correct and complete. Read the comments on your SAR and verify that your FAFSA was not rejected. Make sure NOVA's school code (003727) was listed. You may correct any mistakes at https://studentaid.gov.
Check the status of your financial aid application on myNOVA and respond to requests for additional information. Check to see if additional information has been requested by logging into myNOVA and frequently checking your To Do List by clicking: VCCS SIS: Student Information System > Self Service > Student Center. Click on each To Do List item for instructions. Approximately one in three students is selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education; additional files are selected by NOVA.
Review your financial aid award notification. You will be notified via email and your myNOVA Message Center when you are awarded. You may then review the type(s) and amount(s) of assistance you were offered by logging into myNOVA and going to: Student Center > Financial Aid > View Financial Aid. Prior to the last day to drop with a refund for full semester-long classes (census date), all awards are offered at full-time status and adjusted shortly after census date for less than full-time eligible credits. Accept, decline or reduce student loans and work-study in your myNOVA account. Contact the 24-Hour Student Support Center at 855-323-3199 if you need assistance.