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Financial Aid

NOVA’s financial aid programs can make your college education more affordable than you thought. Our need-based programs provide scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities that are sponsored by the federal and state governments. NOVA international students are not eligible for need-based financial aid, but may qualify for some scholarships and non-need-based student loans.

Visit the Financial Aid website for complete information on aid opportunities, deadlines, forms, and links.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available on October 1 almost a year before the following academic year begins. Please take note of the following important financial aid filing dates and apply early! Students who submit their FAFSA and any additional requested items by these dates should be awarded any funds they qualify for prior to the start of classes.

  • Summer Session: April 1 (prior to the beginning of Summer term)
  • Fall Semester: March 1 (prior to the beginning of Fall term)
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (prior to the beginning of Spring term)

Using Approved Financial Aid to Buy or Rent Textbooks

If you have received a financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees and books, you may use it to purchase or rent books from campus bookstores during specified periods. For more information and specific dates, visit Buying Books with Financial Aid. You will need to complete the Bookstore Charge Authorization e-Form through your NOVAConnect To Do List once per academic year in order to potentially use financial aid at the NOVA Bookstore.

Using Financial Aid? Make Sure You Attend Class!

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in an online learning class by the last day to  drop with a tuition refund (census date), you will be reported as a Never Attending Student and your class registration will be administratively deleted. You will still be charged tuition for the course and the course will not count toward your financial aid eligibility. For financial aid purposes, you are expected to attend beyond the census date or your financial aid must be recalculated based on your revised enrollment status. More information about the impact of dropping, withdrawing, auditing or not attending a course is available on NOVA’s financial aid blog.

If you have already received more funds than can be justified based on a revised status, you will be required to repay the overpayment. You will not be eligible to reenroll until the debt has been repaid.

Let Financial Aid Accelerate Your Academic Progress

NOVA’s financial aid specialists will help you determine your eligibility and assist you in filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More information is available from your campus Financial Aid Office.

You must include NOVA’s School Code, 003727, on the FAFSA, or the College will not receive your information.