Category Archives: Paying for College

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.

GETTING STARTED:
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)

Note:
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: https://mysupport.nvcc.edu

 

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.

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.