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 crisis. 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 current COVID-19 crisis. 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 Awards
- Students must have been enrolled in a minimum of six program-eligible credits as of March 13, 2020, the date of the National Emergency Declaration.
- Recipients with 6-11 eligible credits will receive $500; those with 12 or more eligible credits will receive $750.
- Students enrolled totally online on March 13, 2020 are not eligible.
For Summer Awards
- Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six program-eligible credits that are not all online (E) classes.
- Tuition and fees must be fully paid or covered by financial aid, veteran benefits, or third-party contracts.
- Students who received CARES Act or COVID-19 Student Emergency Grants for spring term may reapply for summer if additional expenses for housing, food, technology for remote learning, childcare or healthcare exist.
- COVID-19 Grants are limited and will not be given to students who have already received a CARES Act Grant.
- Students enrolled totally online on March 13, 2020 are not eligible.
- Jumpstart students are not eligible for CARES Act Grants.
CARES Act Emergency Aid
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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, and cannot be in only “E” (NOVA Online) sections for summer.
- Students must be in a minimum of six program-required credits for summer term.
- Summer 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. As long as funds are available, NOVA will award $750 for students enrolled in 12 or more program-required credits and $500 for students enrolled in 6-11 program-required credits.
NOVA will continue to award Student Emergency Grants to eligible students until these 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.
Application for CARES Act Student Emergency Grants
Access the application process below. You must use your NVCC credentials to access the link. Please note that the application will be temporarily unavailable until July 1, 2020.Student Aid Application
- What are the CARES Act Funds?
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 that student. NOVA will distribute $10,014,351, the amount designated to NOVA for Student Emergency Grants, to be awarded as one-time grants of up to $750 to approximately 17,000 students.
- Who is eligible?
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, were enrolled in at least six financial aid-eligible credits on March 13, 2020 that were not exclusively online, and you filed a 2019-20 FAFSA and/or meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements, you can apply.
Eligible students with any of the COVID-19 related expenses stated above, who are enrolled in at least six financial aid-eligible credits for summer, and who were not exclusively online on March 13, 2020, may also apply for a first or second grant.
- How do I apply?
You must log in through your MyNOVA dashboard at https://dashboard.nvcc.edu/Forms/CARESEGrant/Default.aspx
- How much money can I get?
NOVA awards will be $500 for students enrolled in 6 to 11 eligible credits, and $750 for students enrolled in 12 or more eligible credits. Funds will be released directly to you per your NOVA refund choice and will not be used to pay any amount owed to NOVA.
- How can I spend the money?
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.
- Can I receive both the NOVA Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Grant and the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant?
Yes, if you have additional 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, you can potentially receive both. COVID-19 Grants are limited and will not be given to students who have already received a CARES Act Grant.
- When will I receive the funds?
Upon approval of your CARES Act Student Emergency Grant application, the funds will be released to you within one week. 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.
- How will I receive the funds?
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.
- Who is an eligible non-citizen?
- 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.
- Will a CARES Act emergency grant negatively affect my financial aid for this year or next year?
No. This grant will not be used in calculating your current or future financial aid awards.
- Are there other grants available if I don’t qualify under the CARES Act?
If a student doesn’t qualify for the CARES Act Student Emergency Grant, the student might qualify for other assistance, including the COVID-19 Emergency Grant through the NOVA Foundation, if funds are still available. All students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal, state, VCCS and institutional funds. Additional resources are available through Single Stop and the Financial Stability Office at 703-323-3450 or email@example.com.
- What if I have other questions?
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.