Filing the FAFSA – Step by Step
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has a reputation! Though improved instructions and the online process have somewhat simplified completion through the years, the form can still feel daunting, especially when done for the first time and just once per year. NOVA Financial Aid staff members will walk you through the process. Completing the FAFSA will be easier when you know what is expected, and we recommend that all students complete the FAFSA.
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Re-Employ Virginians (REV) Programs and Grants
Virginia’s Governor recently allocated $5.76M dollars that can be awarded to NOVA students who are unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19. Students must be enrolled in eligible G3 programs of study by no later than December 14, 2020. Class sessions starting October 29 and through spring term can possibly qualify for funding. We will discuss student eligibility criteria, the required application process and advising, eligible programs, grant amounts, and timing. Students who don’t qualify will learn about applying for financial aid and other options for assistance. Time is short! Don’t delay!
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NOVA Scholarship Application Timing and Process
Each year, the NOVA Foundation offers hundreds of scholarships to assist NOVA students in paying the costs of a NOVA education. Many different criteria are considered. Some scholarships require need; some do not. Learn about the process and the timing of our three application cycles so you are prepared to apply with a competitive application. You can’t “win” if you don’t apply!
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Completing Verification – Step by Step
Verification is the process of “proving” the data submitted on the FAFSA. Typically, about one in three student’s FAFSAs is selected for verification. Until verification on a selected file is completed, no financial aid is packaged for that selected student. NOVA Financial Aid staff members will walk you through the verification process, help you understand what is required and point out areas that cause problems. The sooner you complete the process, the sooner you will know what aid is available for you.
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Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students
NOVA Financial Aid staff members will walk returning students through the steps required to reapply for financial aid. A FAFSA must be filed every year, but many of the FAFSA fields will already be completed after year one. You will hear more about scholarships, appeals, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and making the most of limited Pell Grants and student loans.
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Financial Aid Essentials – For New and Returning Students
NOVA Financial Aid staff members will walk new & returning students through the financial aid process– from securing an FSA ID, to completing the FAFSA each year, and verification. You will learn how to communicate with financial aid staff, what to expect in your aid notification, how to apply for scholarships, and your academic responsibilities for maintaining financial aid eligibility. You will also hear about appeals, Satisfactory Academic Progress, and making the most of limited Pell Grants and student loans.
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Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents
NOVA Financial Aid staff members will discuss topics they often receive questions about from parents such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), types of aid, how to apply, cost of attendance, payment options, and available resources.
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Satisfactory Academic Progress
Many sources of financial aid are available to NOVA students from federal, state, VCCS, institutional and private resources. Almost all of these resources require a return on investment. Students must do their part and make reasonable academic progress toward program completion. NOVA Financial Aid staff members will explain the rate of completion and GPA requirements of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), the extenuating circumstances that could be appealed and the process for doing so, the value of understanding an advisement report and of creating an academic plan.
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How to Pay for College During the Pandemic
Paying for college can be a challenge, even when we aren’t dealing with a global pandemic. Fortunately, there are a number of programs available to help students and families cover their educational expenses. Join us to see how these programs (both new and old) can help you meet your goals!
• Federal Student Aid
• Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF)
• The Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Initiative
• Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Initiative
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