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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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November is National Career Development Month. NCDM was designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people.

Take time to focus on your career development by participating in the Career Development Webinar Series. This lunchtime webinar series will take you through the basic steps of career development with the goal of helping you make informed decisions about your academic and career goals. All webinars are free, but registration is required. The first webinar is being offered at 12:15 pm today.

Learn more about career development on NOVA’s Career Services website. Check NOVA’s Events calendar and ELI’s Student Life website for information about programs being offered across the college.

Follow ELIfe on Twitter this month to receive a daily inspirational quote along with tips to help you with your career development. Throughout the month vote for your favorite quote on Facebook and join in the conversation. Read ELife for tips, stories, and to stay connected.


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November is National Career Development Month.  NCDM was designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people.

Take time to focus on your career development by participating in the Career Development Webinar Series.  Read more about this on NOVA’s ELife blog at https://blogs.nvcc.edu/elife/2017/11/01/happy-national-career-development-month-4/.

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Operation Game of Loans

You may have heard of companies saying they can help you by reducing or eliminating student loan debt.  These are often scams that may involve companies requesting an illegal advance fee of up to $1,500.  The company then provides very little (if any) assistance.  In fact, these companies do not do anything that you couldn’t do yourself for free by contacting your loan servicer or the U.S. Department of Education.

Fortunately, the FTC is going after these scammers in a new joint effort with state law enforcement agencies called, “Operation Game of Loans”.  You can read more about the operation here, including tips to avoid scams.

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2018 – 2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available October 1, 2017 for students wishing to attend NOVA for the next academic school year starting Fall Term, 2018. Complete the FAFSA now at FAFSA.Ed.Gov.

File your FAFSA!
Students/parents have two options available when filing:
• Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) within the FAFSA to pull in their 2016 tax information (IRS DRT is available again for 2018-2019.); or
• Using the student’s/spouse’s or student’s/parents’ 2016 tax return information to key in the FAFSA financial information sections.

The key to accessing the greatest amount of available federal, state, and institutional grants and loans is to apply early. To get started, you will need to obtain an FSA ID to sign online at FSAID.Ed.Gov. (If you are a dependent student, a parent will need a separate FSA ID as well.)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
• This is an online process at FAFSA.Ed.Gov
• Our school code is 003727.
• Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA (with 2016 tax info & IRS DRT) if you are planning to attend in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019.

When NOVA financial aid receives your information, we will notify you if additional information is needed and/or send your award letter. Roughly 1/3 of our students are selected for verification—proving the information on the FAFSA–and must send additional documentation. Using IRS DRT greatly reduces that possibility.
While the primary responsibility of paying for a college education lies with the student and his or her family, we are available to assist you with accessing all financial assistance possible to offset the costs of a college education. All students attending Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain eligible for financial assistance. Students are required to be familiar with the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy.

Additional Information:
FSA ID Website | FSA ID Resources – NOVA School Code: 003727
Direct Loan: Accepting Your Student Loans – Entrance Counseling, Master Promissory Note for Direct Loans
StudentLoans.gov – Website for Entrance/Exit Counseling and Master Promissory Note
It’s that simple! Many questions about financial aid and the admissions process can be answered by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions.

Video Training Links from StudentAid.gov:
Overview of the Financial Aid Process (1:48)
FAFSA Overview (2:32)
Understanding the FAFSA (1:16)
FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status (3:20)
Responsible Student Loan Borrowing (2:19)

A business that charges for the FAFSA looks very much like it is from the Department of Education.  The correct site is www.FAFSA.gov.  NEVER pay to file the FAFSA or pay a consultant!!  The process is free!!

If at any time, you have questions, please feel free to contact our Financial Aid Support Center at (855) 323-3199, or online at: NVCC.edu/FinAidSupport


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The Equifax Data Breach – What Should You Do?

As you may have heard, the credit reporting agency, Equifax, experienced a major data breach that exposed personal information of 143 million Americans this summer.  Hackers accessed names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and in some cases driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.  So what should you do to protect yourself from identity theft and your information being misused?

Please review the guidance provided by the Federal Trade Commission on the Equifax data breach at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do?utm_source=govdelivery and consider following the steps they recommend to protect yourself.


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The 18-19 FAFSA is Available October 1, 2017 – Are You Ready?

The 2018-2019 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2017.  This application will be used to determine financial aid eligibility for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019.  Check out these helpful financial aid tips summarized in this info graphic as you prepare to apply for financial aid.

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Great Advice for Parents

Check out Inceptia’s “Great Advice for Parents” guide for Fall 2017.  It has helpful tips for students as well!  Topics include:

  • Tax breaks and loan options to pay for college
  • Strategies to maximize financial aid eligibility
  • Why you should stash cash in a Roth IRA
  • Questions to ask before taking out a student loan
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IRS Website Update

Attention Students:

The IRS website has been updated, now you can get various Form 1040-series transcript types online or by mail. If you need your prior year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to e-file, choose the tax return transcript type when making your request. If you only need to find out how much you owe or verify payments you made within the last 18 months, you can view your tax account.

You could do that by visiting IRS.gov

————Click on the box Get My Tax Record

Option 1: If you would like to retrieve it instantly online, pleasure make sure you have the necessary personal information/records. Login using your IRS Online ID, or Sign Up if you don’t have one.

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Easy Access to a New Social Security Card

We have exciting news about a new online service that is available in your state! If you need a replacement Social Security card, you may be able to request it using your personal my Social Security account.

Avoid a trip to the office and waiting in line. Encourage your friends and family to find out whether they can take advantage of this service by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber. We continue to make this service available to other states. Check back often for states added.

Remember to use your account to check your Social Security Statement each year to verify your annual earnings and get an estimate of your future benefits. If you currently receive benefits, you can use your account to get a benefit verification letter, check your benefit and payment information, change your address and telephone number, start or change your direct deposit, or get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for your taxes.

We hope you take advantage of the many services available through your convenient, secure, and free my Social Security account at: www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.




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Welcome Back Reminders from the Financial Aid Team

Read the Latest Financial Aid Newsletter

Check out the latest issue of Greenback, our Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Financial Aid Verification Just Became Easier, Free Financial Coaching, Ineligible Classes, Cash Contest updates, 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.

Read more here.

Financial Aid Course Audit: Be Proactive!

The goal of financial aid is to assist students in achieving degree, certificate or CSC comple­tion. Students who receive financial aid must be working toward completion by taking courses required for their chosen programs of study at NOVA. Only required courses will be covered by financial aid for otherwise eligible students.

Taking classes outside the program of study, withdrawing from or failing to successfully com­plete classes and/or changing programs of study can exhaust the limited Pell Grant and loans avail­able to you before you are able to complete, especially if you are planning to complete a four-year degree

Read more here

NOVA Partners with Inceptia for Default Prevention

You’re not alone when it comes to student loans. NOVA has partnered with Inceptia, a division of National Student Loan Program (NSLP), to provide you with FREE assistance on your Federal student loan obligations to ensure successful, and comfortable, loan repayment. Inceptia’s friendly customer representatives may reach out to you if your loan(s) become delinquent.

Inceptia is not a collection agency. We’ve partnered with them to help you explore a wide variety of possibilities such as alternative repayment plans, deferment, consolidation, discharge, forgiveness, and forbearance options. Inceptia will stay in touch with you via phone calls, letters, and/or emails to help you find answers to your questions and solutions to your issues.

Read more here

Bookstore Purchases via Financial Aid

Beginning Monday, August 7, 2017, students with enough financial aid to cover tuition and fees plus books could use their approved financial aid awards to purchase books and supplies or rent books for the fall 2017 term at any campus bookstore. The last date to use financial aid for the first book purchase period is Thursday, September 7, 2017. Students who are enrolled in 12 or 10-week dynamic classes should purchase their books as soon as possible as their classes begin after the initial book purchase period. A second book purchase period opens, mid-term, for the second 8-week classes for those students who still have anticipated aid.

Before you use your financial aid for campus bookstore purchases, you check the list below.

  • Are you enrolled in classes?
  • Do you have an approved Financial Aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees and books?
  • Do you have a NOVACard with your student ID number displayed on the front?
  • Is your account free of holds?

If the answer to any of the above is “no”, then you should immediately check your MyNOVA Account and consult your local campus.

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2017-17 Scholarships Fall Cycle

The on-line scholarship application will be active and accepting new scholarship applications for 2017-2018 fall cycle. Be sure to apply, even if you have applied during previous terms, be sure to update your application.

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Return of Title IV Financial Aid Funds Policy

Students receiving financial aid who withdraw or stop attending will, in most cases, be required to return a portion of financial aid received.   For Title IV purposes, the last date of attendance is one of the following: the date the formal withdrawal process begins, the date the student otherwise gives official notice of intent to withdraw (i.e., letter, phone call, e-mail, in-person), the mid-point of the term, or the last documented date of attendance in an academically-related activity (i.e., documented attendance in a class or lab or submission of an assignment in a video course). If a student attends through 60 percent of the term, all Title IV aid is considered earned.

Read more here

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