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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.

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

 

Default Prevention and Responsible Borrowing

Approximately 13.7% of NOVA students borrowed a student loan in 2014-2015 to help finance their educational expenses according to data compiled by NOVA’s Office of Institutional Research.  While this is a relatively low percentage of the student population, the college is committed to encouraging responsible borrowing and reducing the number of students who default on their loans.

By partnering with Inceptia, we have assisted over 1,300 former NOVA students in getting all of their delinquent student loans back into good standing within the last four months.  The efforts of the Default Prevention Committee have also helped reduce the college’s Cohort Default Rate (CDR) from 13.6% in FY2011 to 12.0% in FY2012 (the two most recent periods for which data is available).  This indicates a reduction in the percentage of NOVA borrowers defaulting on their student loans within three years after entering repayment.

Per federal regulations, students must complete the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov before receiving a Federal Direct Stafford Loan, and they must complete Exit Counseling upon leaving school.  Borrowers are also encouraged to use NOVA’s Loan Planning Form to review their loan histories, determine the impact of additional borrowing, and to start planning how they will repay their student loans.

Be Proactive with Your Student Loans: Prepare for Repayment

NOVA Financial Aid wants to ensure that you know how to find the status of your student loans and the contact information for your loan servicer(s) in case you have questions about loan repayment.

If you have not already done so, it is important to prepare to repay your student loans. Check with your loan servicer if you aren’t sure how or when to make a payment. You are responsible for staying in touch with your servicer and making your payments, even if you do not receive a bill. Many borrowers choose to have their loan servicers electronically debit loan payments from their banks each month in order to help prevent missing payments and becoming delinquent on student loans.

If you ever have difficulty making a loan payment, you should contact your loan servicer before the payment is late. You might qualify for deferment, forbearance, or a different repayment plan that can temporarily postpone or reduce the amount that you must pay. In order to see what options are available for your situation, you would need to call your loan servicer.

You may look up the contact information for your loan servicer by logging into your “My Federal Student Aid” portal at www.studentaid.gov. Click on the log in button in the upper right corner at www.studentaid. gov and enter your information to log in. If you do not know your 4-digit financial aid PIN, you may click on the “Forgot your PIN” link to request a duplicate PIN. Once you log in, scroll down to view your federal student loan history. Click on each of your loans to view the contact information for your current servicer. Different loans could have different servicers, especially Perkins loans. You should call your loan servicer today if you have any questions about repaying your student loans, including any options that may be available for you.

More information is available at www.studentaid.gov > Repay Loans.

Check out this short video for more information: http://cheapscholar.org/2013/11/26/student-loan-repayment-101-video/