The fourth CashCourse Contest drawing recently came to a close. Were you one of the eight $100 winners? If not, consider taking about 20-30 minutes to enter in the final drawing by successfully completing the “Making the Most of Employee Benefits” module at www.cashcourse.org by the June 10, 2016 deadline. Eight more $100 winners will be drawn from the pool of current NOVA students who complete the final module with a post-test score of at least 80%. Complete contest rules are available on NOVA’s Financial Literacy blog at http://blogs.nvcc.edu/financial-literacy/.
While on the Financial Literacy blog, you may also want to check out the money management resources that are available. It features some great tips on getting your finances under control and saving some money. In case you’re interested, there’s also an article about the college’s other financial literacy programs available here.
Pick a federal student loan repayment option that’s right for you in 5 steps or less here. Examples of federal student loans include Direct Loans, Stafford, PLUS and Perkins loans.
To celebrate the Class of 2016, Inceptia has published its third annual “Great Advice for Grads,” a collection of articles that offers practical advice and words of wisdom for money, loans, and living one’s best life. Check it out here.
Navigating the FAFSA:
Federal Student Aid published a new video to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdaGZASwjZU
This 6 minute video contains helpful information for parents of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants. It helps parents navigate the FAFSA process: from logging in, to filling out and to signing their child’s FAFSA using their FSA ID.
Creating an FSA ID:
For information on creating an FSA ID, FSA has a video with detailed instructions on how to create an FSA ID: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLi0q7hkFns
Please review these videos and share them with students and parents on campus, at high school night or SDV presentations, in your offices and anywhere else it could be seen.
April is National Financial Literacy Month which means it’s a great time to review your finances and develop a plan for managing your money. Some excellent resources are available on NOVA’s Financial Literacy Blog.
You may wish to review the Money Management for College Students presentation, request a free copy of your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com, and set up a budget and savings plan. You could also enter NOVA’s CashCourse Contest for a chance to win $100 while learning about managing your finances.
If you haven’t already done so, remember to reapply for financial aid by completing the 16-17 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and submitting any items that may be requested on your NOVAConnect To Do List before the May 1, 2016 priority filing date for fall 2016.
If you’ve borrowed student loans we also encourage you to utilize NOVA’s Loan Planning Form to review your loan history, determine the impact of additional borrowing, and start planning for loan repayment.
You can file your taxes FOR FREE if you meet the below requirements. Visit the IRS website at https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/jsp/index.jsp?ck for more information.
Financial Aid Newsletter – March 2016 GREENBACK
Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid GREENBACK, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Highpoint Academic Planning & Financial Aid, Message Center Update, 2017-2018 FAFSA Changes, Summer 2016 Aid, CashCourse Contest, the Inceptia Default Prevention Partnership, 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.
The Student Information System (SIS) within MyNOVA has a new feature to increase communications between students and the College Financial Aid Office (CFAO). The “Message Center” allows the financial aid office to provide direct communications to financial aid applicants. These messages will range from updates on the application processing cycle to important actions students need to take to keep their applications moving.
Accessing the Message Center is quite simple. Within the SIS, use the following Navigation: Main Menu > Self Service> Student Center > Click on the Message Center hyperlink (in the Student Communication Center). Once you have accessed the Message Center, you will be able to view received messages which can be read via hyperlink. Students will have the ability to archive old messages, yet still have the ability to access archived messages at a later date as well.
The College Financial Aid Office will be using the message center to give students increased awareness of the financial aid application process and other important information. Messages are pertinent for the student and applicable to the student’s financial aid application. Be sure to log in and access the message center today. For additional information and screenshots, click here. – Message Center – Student View
Reprinted from Dept. of Education at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes
On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting next year, students will be able to do the following:
- Submit a FAFSA® Earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. (There is NO CHANGE to the 2016–17 schedule, when the FAFSA will become available January 1 as in previous years.)
- Use Earlier Income Information: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.
If you’d like more details about the upcoming changes, you may read the following informational pieces from the U.S. Department of Education.