Our Mission

NOVA Financial Aid facilitates access to education for NOVA students by providing assistance in all areas of the financial aid process for the purpose of supporting student enrollment, retention and program completion at Northern Virginia Community College.

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Scholarship Application Workshop

The Woodbridge Financial & Administrative Services along with the AC&H English Department will be holding a scholarship application workshop on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm and Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in room WAS 223. Join them to learn how to locate scholarships. Writing professors will be available to guide you in writing your applications and provide feedback. Click here for more information.

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FAFSA Links and Assistance

Below are links to some of the FSA publications and sites for the FSA ID. If you or your parents do not find the answers below, you can always call the FSA ID helpline at (800) 557-7394.


What is FSA ID?


How to Create an FSA ID


Create or Edit your FSA ID


FSA ID FAQs – Forgot Username or Password

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Loss of Subsidy on Subsidized Stafford Loans

Approximately 6,000 students nationwide who borrowed subsidized Stafford loans for the first time after July 1, 2013 should expect to hear from their loan servicers very soon because they have not completed their degree or certificate after attending college for over 150% of the published length of their program.  These students will start accruing interest on their subsidized Stafford loans and in some cases the subsidy loss will be applied retroactively which could increase their monthly loan payment if they have already begun repayment.  Information about the 150% subsidized loan limit is available here and additional details about the subsidy loss that is occurring this week can be found here.  Students should contact their loan servicers if they have any questions about this.  Students may view their loan histories and look up contact information for their loan servicers by logging into the “My Federal Student Aid” portal at www.studentaid.ed.gov.”

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Finding Local Scholarships

Looking for scholarships takes time and effort. There are thousands available and many places to look for them. They can be found at the NVCC Educational Foundation, local clubs and businesses, the State Department of Education, etc. The following article will provide a step-by-step guide on how and where to look for scholarships and the necessary process that needs to be taken to apply for the scholarships. Click here to read the article.

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Financial Aid Newsletter – GREENBACK (July_2015)

Financial Aid Newsletter – GREENBACK

Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid GREENBACK, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Department of Ed partners with NOVA, Win $100 in CashCourse Contest, the New Financial Aid & Student Accounts Support Center, and more. This newsletter is designed to help students and staff members stay up-to-date on the latest and greatest in the world of financial aid.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in a public service at a non-profit organization or are you currently working at a non-profit organization?  If so, and if you have borrowed federal student loans you should definitely know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  After working full-time for at least 10 years at a public service organization while making at least 120 qualifying monthly loan payments after October 1, 2007 the remaining balance of your Federal Direct student loans may potentially be forgiven.  Read more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program here.

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2015-16 Application for Participation in the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program

Established in 2007, the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG) provides an incentive for students to first complete an associate degree at a Virginia public two-year college before transferring to a participating Virginia four-year college or university as a means to reduce the overall cost towards completing a bachelor’s degree.
In addition to paying lower tuition charges for their freshman and sophomore years while attending a two-year college, students who qualify may also receive a CTG award once they transfer to the four-year institution.

Click here for more information and to apply: 2YRCollegeTransferGrantApp201516

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Preventing and Reporting Financial Aid Fraud

Don’t become a victim of a financial aid or student loan scam.  For more information about financial aid fraud or reporting fraud please visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website or the Federal Student Aid website.

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Fall 2015-2016 Financial Aid Bookstore Purchase

If you completed the online Bookstore Authorization form for the summer 2015, it will NOT remain valid for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The online Bookstore Authorization form for the 2015-2016 aid year will be available on July 10, 2015.  If you previously completed the form for 2014-2015 (including Summer 2015), it must be resubmitted with a valid electronic signature.

Students with financial aid awards for Fall 2015 can purchase books against their excess financial aid–either online or in campus bookstores—from August 10 through September 10, the 16-week (term) census date. A second book purchase period will be open for students who still have anticipated aid from two weeks before the second 8-week term through that term census date, October 7-29.

Students wishing to purchase books on-line must complete and sign the Bookstore Authorization E-Form, via the Financial Aid Dashboard, prior to completing a  purchase.  Students who completed the Bookstore Authorization form for summer 2015 must submit a new form for 2015-2016 after the form becomes available on July 10, 2015.  Students enrolled or planning to enroll in later starting classes who desire to use their financial aid to purchase books must purchase during one of the two purchase periods; no additional accommodations will be made.  The financial aid process must be complete and anticipated aid must be enough to cover tuition, fees and books.  Files can have no negative holds.


First Book Purchase Period

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: August 10, 2015

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: September 10, 2015


Second Book Purchase Period (for students with remaining anticipated aid)

–          First day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 7, 2015

–          Last day to purchase books/supplies using financial aid: October 29, 2015


You may place your on-line order 24 hours after completing the authorization e-form or on the first business day after completing the e-form, if later.

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Breach of Taxpayer Data at IRS Marketing

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the IRS announced its “Get Transcript” application had been compromised by cyber criminals. Over 100,000 taxpayers’ accounts were illegally accessed. The “Get Transcript” application has been temporarily disabled. The IRS has taken several additional measures to protect taxpayers and their confidential information.
This impacts students and families who may be requesting tax transcripts to complete their financial aid process. At this time, tax transcripts are only available when requested by mail and take up to ten days for delivery. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) available within fafsa.ed.gov.  Links to a statement from the IRS and a Q & A list are provided below.
IRS’s Full Statement

Get Transcript Q & A

FAS will continue to provide updates on this issue as they become available. If you have specific questions, feel free to submit them via email.

NOVA Financial Aid Team

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