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Student emergency grants are still available for students.

NOVA recognizes that many of our students continue to experience need due to 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 was used to advance our commitment to helping our students affected by the pandemic.  An additional $2,550,583 was moved from the institutional side of CARES Act funds for a combined total of $12,564,935.  NOVA used these funds to provide a total of 17,453 CARES Act Student Emergency Grants to Title IV eligible students.  The last of these funds was awarded at $92.75 per credit for Title IV eligible students enrolled in 6-12 aid-eligible credits for spring 2021.

HEERF II - Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

In December 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was passed, which provided an additional $10,014,352 for student emergency grants.  NOVA is using these funds to award grants of $150 per credit for 6-15 credits for eligible students.  Students previously awarded CARES Act funds for spring 2021 at $92.75 per credit will receive an additional $57.25 per credit from CRRSAA to a combined maximum grant total of $150 per credit times currently-attended credits.

Funding provided to NOVA under the CARES Act and CRRSAA is available only to current NOVA students and can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.  Students must also meet the following criteria to be considered for Student Emergency Grants.

For Spring 2021 Awards from CRRSAA

  • Students must be enrolled in an aid-eligible program of study and attending a minimum of six credits at the time of the award to receive a grant.
  • Credits withdrawn, dropped, or reported as never attended at the time of the award will not be counted. 
  • 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 such as 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 or CRRSAA Grant.

CRRSAA Student Emergency Grants

Eligible Expenses

  • Housing
  • Groceries
  • Technology for Remote Learning
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare

Eligibility Requirements set forth by CRRSAA, The Department of Education, and NOVA:

Funding provided to NOVA under CRRSAA is available only to current NOVA students and can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.  Students must also meet the following criteria to qualify for CRRSAA Student Emergency Grants:

  • Students must be enrolled in a financial-aid eligible program of study and attending a minimum of six credits for spring 2021 term at the time of the award.
  • Fall and/or spring 2021 tuition and fees must be paid or otherwise covered by financial aid, third-party payments, or the payment plan.
  • Students must have citizenship/eligible non-citizen status.
  • Students must have graduated from high school with an aid-eligible diploma, completed home schooling or passed the GED.

Availability of CRRSAA Student Emergency Grants

Funds available for CRRSAA Student Emergency Grants are limited. Until funds are exhausted, NOVA will award spring 2021 grants equivalent to $150 per credit to a maximum of 15 credits for the term. CARES Act grant amounts already paid will reduce the total amount of current eligibility.  Credits withdrawn, dropped or reported as never attended will not be included. 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 receiving both CARES Act and CRRSAA grants or 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 CRRSAA Student Emergency Grants

Access the application process below. You must use your NVCC credentials to access the link.

Student Aid Application

FAQ

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was dated December 27, 2020. Institutions receiving funds must use the student portion for grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.  NOVA received $10,014,352 for CRRSAA student emergency grants.

CRRSAA provides emergency grants to students, which can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.  Recipients must be enrolled in a financial-aid eligible program of study and attending a minimum of six credits for spring 2021.  Recipients must be citizens or eligible non-citizens who have graduated from high school with an aid-eligible diploma, completed home schooling or passed the GED.  Current term costs to NOVA must be paid, and students cannot owe a debt to NOVA or another college for past terms.

You must log in through your MyNOVA dashboard at https://dashboard.nvcc.edu/Forms/CARESEGrant/Default.aspx

NOVA awards will be the equivalent of $150 per credit for 6-15 attended credits at the time of the award.  Students previously awarded CARES Act funds for spring 2021 at $92.75 per credit will receive an additional $57.25 per credit from CRRSAA to a combined maximum grant total of $150 per credit times currently-attended credits.  Withdrawn, dropped, or never attended credits will not be included in the cumulative calculation.  Students who received the $92.75 per credit and have now withdrawn, dropped or never attended credits could conceivably be ineligible for additional grant funding.  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:

  • “Refugee”
  • “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 financialstability@nvcc.edu.

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.

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