CARES Act emergency is still available for students.
NOVA recognizes that many of our students are experiencing expenses related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. NOVA received a $10,014,351 Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) grant created under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which will be used to advance our commitment to helping our students affected by the pandemic. NOVA will use these funds to provide an estimated 15,750 CARES Act Student Emergency Grants to Title IV eligible students.
Funding provided to NOVA under the CARES Act is available only to current NOVA students who are Title IV eligible and have experienced increased eligible educational expenses due to the impact of COVID-19. Eligible expenses include housing, food, technology for remote learning, childcare, and healthcare. Students must also meet the following criteria to be considered for Student Emergency Grants.
For Spring 2021 Awards
- Students must be enrolled in and attending a minimum of six financial aid-eligible credits to receive a grant.
- Credits withdrawn before the 15-week term census date and classes dropped before their class census dates will not count.
- Students who were enrolled in only online classes (E-classes) on March 13, 2020, the date of the National Emergency Declaration, are ineligible for the grant.
- Tuition, fees and any bookstore charges on the student account for fall and/or spring must be paid or covered by financial aid or a third-party contract before a CARES Act Grant will be awarded.
- Students cannot owe a debt to NOVA or to another VCCS college.
- Students who received CARES Act or COVID-19 Student Emergency Grants for spring, summer and/or fall term(s) may reapply for spring 2021 if additional expenses for housing, food, technology for remote learning, childcare or healthcare exist.
- COVID-19 Grants through the NOVA Foundation, if available again, are limited and will not be given to students who have already received a CARES Act Grant.
CARES Act Emergency Aid
- Technology for Remote Learning
Eligibility Requirements set forth by the CARES Act and The Department of Education:
Funding provided to NOVA under the CARES Act is available only to current NOVA students who are Title IV eligible and have experienced increased eligible educational expenses due to the impact of COVID-19. Title IV eligible students must also meet the following criteria to qualify for CARES Act Student Emergency Grants:
- Students cannot have been in fully online classes on March 13, the date of the National Emergency Declaration.
- Students must be in a minimum of six program-required credits for spring 2021 term.
- Fall and/or spring 2021 tuition and fees must be paid or otherwise covered by financial aid, third-party payments, or the payment plan.
Availability of CARES Act Student Emergency Grants
Funds available for CARES Act Student Emergency Grants are limited. Until funds are exhausted, NOVA will award spring 2021 grants equivalent to $92.75 per credit to a maximum of 12 credits for the term. Grants will not be paid until the student has reached the census date for the classes considered in the grant payment. Later starting classes might not eventually be considered if funds run out prior to disbursement. Students need apply only once for spring 2021, but some students will receive more than one check or deposit for spring if some classes start later and funds continue to be available. Students who received a grant for spring 2020, summer 2020 and/or fall 2020 are eligible to apply again for spring 2021 if all criteria are met.
NOVA will continue to award Student Emergency Grants to eligible students until funds are exhausted. Confirmation that NOVA received your application does not guarantee that you will receive an award. Funds will be distributed to eligible students upon approval per dates previously stated.
Application for CARES Act Student Emergency Grants
Access the application process below. You must use your NVCC credentials to access the link.Student Aid Application
- What are the CARES Act Funds?
- Who is eligible?
- How do I apply?
- How much money can I get?
- How can I spend the money?
- When will I receive the funds?
- How will I receive the funds?
- Who is an eligible non-citizen?
- Will a CARES Act emergency grant negatively affect my financial aid for this year or next year?
- Are there other grants available if I don’t qualify under the CARES Act?
- What if I have other questions?
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provided $6 billion to colleges nationwide for emergency student financial aid to be distributed to enrolled students who are Title IV eligible and have expenses related to campus disruption due to the COVID–19 pandemic. The CARES allocation will help NOVA students deal with the financial burden caused by the COVID-19 crisis and assist with the costs of attending college by providing money directly to the student. NOVA will distribute $10,014,351, the amount designated to NOVA for Student Emergency Grants, to approximately 15,750 students. Distributions began in Spring 2020.
The CARES Act Emergency Aid Fund provides emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, technology for remote learning, healthcare, and child care. If you have such COVID-19-related expenses, are enrolled in at least six financial aid-eligible credits, were not enrolled exclusively online on March 13, 2020, the date of the National Emergency Declaration, and you filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and/or meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements, you can apply.
You must log in through your MyNOVA dashboard at https://dashboard.nvcc.edu/Forms/CARESEGrant/Default.aspx
NOVA awards will be the equivalent of $92.75 per credit for a minimum of 6 financial-aid-eligible credits and a maximum of 12 aid-eligible credits. Funds will not be released until you have passed the census date for the classes being considered for each disbursement. You could receive a second check for later starting classes if funds remain available. Funds will be released directly to you per your NOVA refund choice and will not be used to pay any amount owed to NOVA.
You may spend the money on food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care expenses related to COVID-19, the need(s) you indicated on your application.
First disbursements will not be released until after the 15-week term census date and aid adjustment period. Additional disbursements will be made as students are determined to be eligible. Your funds will arrive most promptly if you selected direct deposit as your refund choice with NOVA. Paper checks will be dependent upon mail service. Make sure your address in MyNOVA is correct.
Upon approval of your CARES Act Student Emergency Grant application, the funds will be released to you based on your selected refund preference at NOVA. If you have not selected a refund preference, the funds will be released to you by paper check. Make sure your address is up-to-date in MyNOVA.
- A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
- A U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C (Permanent Resident Card)
If you’re not in one of these categories, you must have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations:
- “Asylum Granted”
- “Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending”
- “Conditional Entrant” (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
- “Parolee” (You must be paroled into the United States for at least one year, and you must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and that you intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.)
If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you’re not eligible for federal student financial aid.
If you’re in the United States on certain visas, including an F1 or F2 student visa, or a J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa, you’re not eligible for federal student financial aid.
Also, people with G series visas (pertaining to international organizations) are not eligible for federal student financial aid. For more information about other types of visas that are not acceptable, check with the 24-Hour Support Center at 855-323-3199 or https://mysupport.nvcc.edu.
No. This grant will not be used in calculating your current or future financial aid awards.
If a student doesn't qualify for the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant, the student might qualify for other assistance. All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal, state, VCCS, and institutional funds. Additional resources are available through the Financial Stability and Advocacy Centers at 703.323.3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVA Financial Aid is here to help answer your questions. Contact the 24-Hour Student Support Center at 855-323-3199 or https://mysupport.nvcc.edu.