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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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Preparing for Tax Season

Are you preparing to file your 2018 tax return soon? If so, check out the helpful tips on Nelnet’s financial aid blog. Information is provided on the following topics:

  • Who needs to file a tax return?
  • What counts as income?
  • What forms do you use when filing your taxes?
  • How can you file your tax return?

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Financial Aid Newsletter – January 2019 Greenback

Check out the January 2019 Greenback, the latest issue of NOVA’s financial aid newsletter. This issue features information on:

  • FAFSA Mobile App
  • 24 Hour Student Support Center
  • Virtual Advising
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Academic Standing
  • NOVA-Mason ADVANCE Program
  • Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
  • Ace Chatbot
  • 2018-2019 Financial Aid Handbook
  • Spring 2019 Bookstore Purchase Periods

The Greenback newsletter is designed to provide students and staff members with a concise summary of current financial aid topics.

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If I drop, audit, stop attending a class, or withdraw, will I have to repay my financial aid?

Repaying or keeping your financial aid depends on a variety of factors including the type of aid you were awarded, when the change occurred, and if you are still enrolled in other classes.  It also depends on if you did not attend a class, dropped a class before the census date, or if you withdrew.  In some cases, enrollment changes may result in you owing a balance to the college as described below.

Check out this helpful article on the 24 Hour Student Support Center website for more information.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Scholarship Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

Being disabled can be a challenge on many levels, but it doesn’t mean you have to navigate college without support. NOVA offers many support services for students with disabilities. One of these services is to provide scholarship opportunities for its disabled student population. The link will take you to a list of scholarships that are available, many have application deadlines. Some have already passed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try for the scholarship the following academic year. This is only a small list of what opportunities are available out there. Additional links are provided here to help you on your search for financial support to attend college. Remember NEVER pay for a service that “promises” to get scholarships for you. This information is free and available, you only need to put in the effort.

 

Scholarship List for Disabled Students (or students of disabled parents)

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Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

NOVA’s Financial Aid Office recently compiled a list of scholarships for students with disabilities.  If you are interested in applying for these scholarships, you are welcome to review the list here.  Free websites such www.fastweb.com and www.scholarships.com are also great places to begin a scholarship search.  Also, don’t forget to apply for scholarships through NOVA’s Educational Foundation at https://nvcc.academicworks.com/ when they are advertised early in the spring semester.

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24 Hour Student Support Center

The 24 Hour Student Support Center has expanded its services!  In addition to responding to financial aid and student account inquires, the Support Center now provides assistance with questions related to admission, registration, and records.  By calling 855-323-3199 you can receive 24/7 live assistance from knowledgeable agents on topics such as registration, transcripts, class scheduling, prerequisites, preparatory coursework, the admission application, financial aid and student accounts.  You also have the option to:

Live Chat

Create a Case

Track your Progress

Submit Documents Online

Search the Self-Help Portal 

When contacting the Support Center you can expect to receive excellent customer service from professional, courteous agents who can answer most of your questions.  Approximately 90% of inquiries are addressed immediately and the rest are responded to within 1-3 business days if additional research or escalation is required.  For more information, please visit https://mysupport.nvcc.edu/ or give us a call at 855-323-3199.

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Spear Phishing Scammers Want More from You

“I’m calling from [pick any bank]. Someone’s been using your debit card ending in 2345 at [pick any retailer]. I’ll need to verify your Social Security number — which ends in 8190, right? — and full debit card information so we can stop this unauthorized activity…”

So the caller ID shows the name of your bank. And the caller knows some of your personal details. Does that mean it’s legit? No. It’s a scam — and scammers are counting on the call being so unsettling that you might not stop to check your bank statement.

Read the full FTC article by Lisa Lake, Consumer Education Specialist here

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Scammers demand gift cards

Remember, gift cards are for gifts, not for payments.  If someone contacts you and encourages you to pay them with a gift card it is scam.  If you have already paid someone with a gift card you should report it as soon as possible.  For more information, please see the FTC article at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/scammers-demand-gift-cards?utm_source=govdelivery.

Gift cards and reload cards are the #1 payment method for imposter scams. More scammers are demanding payment with a gift card. The percentage of consumers who told the FTC they paid a scammer with a gift card has increased 270% since 2015. Reports to the FTC say scammers are telling people to buy gift cards at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS and other retail shops. 42% of people who paid a scammer with a gift card used iTunes or Google Play. Federal Trade Commission. ftc.gov/complaint. ftc.gov/giftcards

 

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What resources are available to help me be a successful student?

Check out this short video to review various resources that are available to NOVA students!

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Submit the 2019-2020 FAFSA Beginning October 1, 2018

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