NOVA Students Can Win $100 Awards for Learning about Financial Aid

The second round of NOVA’s CashContest is currently underway!  During the first round, 115 students successfully completed Inceptia’s “Foundations of Money” course and eight of those students were randomly selected to receive $100 grants or bookstore gift cards.

To participate in the second round of the CashContest, students may sign up for Financial Avenue at https://fa.financialavenue.org/sign-up/, enter NOVA’s access code (FinLit), and complete the “FAFSA” course by 11:59pm on December 18, 2016.  The course takes about 45 minutes to complete and shows students how to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It also answers many of the questions that students often have about applying for federal aid. Students who successfully complete the course by the deadline will gain a better understanding of the financial aid process and they’ll be entered in the $100 drawings for this round.  Please participate!

Students are also encouraged to submit the 2016-2017 FAFSA and the 2017-2018 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov if they haven’t already done so.  To promote early FAFSA completion, the 2017-2018 FAFSA actually became available on October 1, 2016.  Beginning with the 2017-2018 award year, the FAFSA will use tax data from the “prior-prior year” (PPY) instead of the most recent tax year to facilitate the use of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA and to enable students to receive accurate award information earlier in the year.  Due to this transition to using PPY information, 2015 tax data will be used when completing both the 2016-2017 FAFSA and the 2017-2018 FAFSA.  More information about applying for financial aid at NOVA is available at www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/apply/index.html.

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