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General Information about financial aid at NOVA.

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.

As fall term approaches, NOVA Financial Aid encourages every student to complete the following steps (Click here for tutorials that can assist you through these steps):

  • Review your program plan to make sure it aligns with your career goals.
  • Run your advisement report from your Student Center on MyNOVA to determine which classes are still needed for degree completion.
  • Check the transfer guide for the receiving school if you are planning to transfer to make sure you are taking the correct courses for transfer.
  • Use required electives wisely and, if possible, fill them with courses required by your transfer school. Courses must be required in your NOVA program or fill open electives in your NOVA program in order to be covered by financial aid at NOVA.
  • Talk with your academic advisor to confirm your progress within your degree plan and to choose the correct courses.
  • Take any additional courses needed for the receiving school on top of terms of at least 12 required credits, when possible, so aid is not reduced.
  • If you register for a course that is ineligible for aid and wish to take it anyway, you must pay for it.
  • Repeat courses needed for grade improvement BEFORE you complete all courses required for your program of study, or they cannot be covered.
  • Stay abreast of your financial aid status and the eligibility and enrollment-level requirements for each type of aid awarded.

 

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. Contact the Financial Aid Support Center at (855) 323-3199, or visit your Campus Finan­cial Aid Office, if you have questions about your aid eligibility.

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.

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.

 

 

 

The Financial Aid Greenback – Our Financial Aid Newsletter

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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.

 

Financial Aid Newsletter – Greenback (December 2016)

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Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid Greenback, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Manage your educational borrowing, FAFSA Filing Update, Scholarship information, Essay Tips, 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.

File Your 2017-2018 FAFSA Now!!

You can file your FAFSA for next fall NOW…no need to wait to begin your financial aid application process!! You can file now using your 2015 tax information again. The online FAFSA at fafsa.gov will guide you through the application; click on the “Start A New FAFSA” button on the home page, and follow the directions on the screen. Below are tips to help you along the way:

  • Submit a 2017-2018 FAFSA now, 3 months earlier than usual. The new start date is October 1, 2016 (rather than January 1, 2017). The earlier filing date is a permanent change, thus allowing students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 each year.
  • The 2017–18 FAFSA, will use 2015 tax information again. The use of one-year older tax information is another change. For one time only, the same tax information is used for two years, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, if income earners are the same.
  • The FAFSA asks for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation. You may be eligible to have your tax information imported automatically from the IRS into your FAFSA. Doing so for both years will help prevent conflicting information and lessen the chances of your having to provide income figures through the verification process.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Support Center at: https://mysupport.nvcc.edu or call us at: 1-855-323-3199.

File Your FAFSA Oct 1, 2016!!!

The Department of Education implemented changes to make the FAFSA application process easier and more efficient, thus allowing for earlier availability of important financial eligibility information.

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TWO IMPORTANT CHANGES GO INTO EFFECT WITH THE 2017-2018 FAFSA:

  • Submit a FAFSA earlier: Students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA beginning October 1, 2016 (rather than beginning on January 1, 2017). The earlier filing date will be a permanent change, thus allowing students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
  • 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).

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information.

For more information on Early FAFSA filing, visit: nvcc.edu/financialaid

Financial Aid Newsletter – GREENBACK (August_2016)

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Check out the latest issue of The Financial Aid GREENBACK, our quarterly Financial Aid newsletter. This issue: Financial Aid Course Audit (FACA) – Steps to get and stay ahead, 2017-2018 FAFSA filing Changes, CashContest coming soon, Partner with NOVA and protect your identity, 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.

New FSA Videos on Youtube for Financial Aid Assistance

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.

The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia Scholarships

Community Foundation_2016 has a few unique scholarship opportunities available for Northern Virginia Community College students

Students may access all scholarship applications and view detailed information through our website http:ljwww.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation­ managed

*Please note you may upload unofficial transcripts and unofficial test scores with you completed application.

All scholarship applications  must be submitted by

March 31, 2016 by Spm EST.

 

The Vance International, Inc. Scholarship

The Vance Scholarship was established by Chuck Vance, a former United States Secret Service agent and founder of a private security firm in Oakton, VA. The scholarship is for men and women who seek a career in law enforcement or private security including studies in the administration of justice.

Amount: $500-$2,000 (2 scholarships/year)

Must be a resident of Northern Virginia pursuing careers in law enforcement or security including the administration of justice. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Students may attend accredited universities as full-time or part-time students. Applicants must complete an online application and submit transcripts from all high schools attended and letters of recommendation

 

The Charles Homer Barton Memorial Scholarship

The Charles Homer Barton Scholarship was established for the dependent children of police officers in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. Scholarship awards will be made with consideration for academic achievement and good citizenship.

Charles Homer Barton dedicated his life to keeping his community safe, first as a police officer in Fairfax County,and later as a Deputy for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office. Although Deputy Barton was a “cop’s cop” who brooked no nonsense from criminals,his colleagues describe him as “a big man with a huge heart,” who earned their respect with his fairness and compassion.

Deputy Barton was also a hero who literally gave his life to the service of others. In 1995,Deputy Barton was escorting a prisoner on an airplane that crashed, trapping the passengers in burning wreckage. Deputy Barton risked his own safety to stay aboard and help other passengers to escape. Because of his courage and selflessness, almost all of his fellow passengers survived the crash. However,Deputy Barton sustained severe injuries,and died in a hospital soon after the crash.

Amount: $2,000 {10 scholarships/year)

Criteria: Open to the legally dependent children of police officers or sheriff’s deputies who are employed by the Fairfax County, VA Police Department,the Loudoun County, VA Sheriff’s Office and the Police Departments in Leesburg, Middleburg, and Purcellville. Primary attention  will be given to children of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

The scholarship is for undergraduate education at a two or four year accredited college or university.

The scholarship selection committee  will consider both academic achievement and community service

 

The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia has a few unique scholarship opportunities available for Northern Virginia Community College students that have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Students may access all scholarship applications and view detailed information through our website http://www.cfnova.org/scholarships/foundation­ managed

*Please note you may upload unofficial transcripts and unofficial test scores with you completed application.

 

All scholarship applications must be submitted by: March 31, 2016 by Spm EST.

 

Ashworth Grogan Scholarship

The Ashworth Grogan Scholarship Fund was established to benefit high school seniors residing in Northern Virginia and college students at the Northern Virginia Community College advancing their education through the pursuit of an advanced certification  or degree in the fields of education and health.

Amount: Two,non-renewable scholarships of $5,000 awarded annually

Criteria:Graduating High School seniors must have a high school transcript with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Northern Virginia Community College students must submit a high school transcript and a current NOVA transcript with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

*Applications must include a completed  FAFSAform

A brief essay regarding the applicant’s financial need, academic goals, how the scholarship will help to advance their educational goals,and what other financial aid (scholarships,loans,work study,etc.) have been awarded to the applicant.

 

Leslie V. Forte Scholarship

The Leslie V. Forte Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Leslie V. Forte who was the first African­ American faculty member in the English Department at the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Annandale Campus. The award will be given to a minority student attending NVCC. Scholarship awards will be made with consideration for involvement in community and extracurricular activities and academic achievement at NVCC.

Amount:$2,000

Criteria: Full-time students at NVCC

GPA of 2.5 or better

Demonstrated involvement in community and extra­ curricular activities

Minority  student – African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic,Pacific Islander,American Indian, Eskimo,or Aleut origin

Required essay of 250 words or more describing reasons for attending college and emphasizing future academic and career goals. Assistance in editing the essay may be obtained from the Writing Centers on each campus.

Applicants must be currently enrolled college students at Northern Virginia Community College.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents.