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The message below is meant to help you and your student prepare for college; specifically applying for financial aid.
In order to determine if a student is eligible for federal financial aid the student (and if the student is a dependent; their parent or legal guardian) must complete the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA): www.fafsa.gov
The FAFSA is FREE! You should never pay to complete the FAFSA. Here are a few videos and tutorials that will help you learn more about the FAFSA and financial aid in general:
VA Education Wizard: https://www.vawizard.org/vccs/FinAidFafsaTut.action
Youtube Video-step by step guide to completing the FAFSA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRyXfUStHO0&list=PL23B9A23CD8DD82DD&index=3
How to complete the FAFSA: http://www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/apply/index.html
The first step in completing the FAFSA is creating an FSA ID. The FSA ID becomes the student’s (and parent’s) unique log in and electronic signature. To learn more about the FSA ID please review the following sites:
To create an FSA ID and/or start the FAFSA you will need:
· your social security number
· if you are a permanent resident/green card holder-your green card (your Alien Number/A#
· your 2014 income taxes (for the 2015/16 FAFSA)
· NOVA school code: 003727
Financial aid includes grants, loans and work-study. To learn more about all the types of financial aid please go to:
For students considering loans; remember, federal financial aid loans have a MUCH lower interest rate than personal loans or credit cards. Students who qualify will be offered a certain amount in loan money. Students can choose to decline the loan or accept all or just some of the loan money. To learn more about student and parent loans go to:
Here is a great tool for determining appropriate loans amounts:
Remember, in order to complete the FAFSA, a student must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen. (A student’s parent need NOT be a citizen or eligible non-citizen). For more details and to learn who qualifies as an eligible non-citizen please go to: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/non-us-citizens
Financial aid is awarded annually; so students must reapply each year. Students should try to complete their FAFSA by April 1 of each year. NOVA’s priority filing date for the fall is April 1. This means students who complete their FAFSA by April 1 will be guaranteed to have their financial aid award by the start of the fall semester. While federal grant money (the Pell grant) never runs out, state grant money is finite and is given out to qualifying students on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Most grant money is need based).
The 2015/16 FAFSA (based on 2014 income taxes) is for financial aid for Fall 2015 (now), Spring 2016 and Summer 2016…must apply ASAP
The 2016/17 FAFSA (based on 2015 income taxes)* if for financial aid for Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017…apply by April 1, 2016
*Beginning next year, the 2017/18 FAFSA, students/parents will be able to use their tax return from the previous year. This means that students/parents will be able to apply earlier. The FAFSA will also be available earlier. Students will be able to use 2015 taxes for the 2017/18 FAFSA (financial aid for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018).
Financial aid is a process…it takes time.
1. Create FSA ID
2. Complete FAFSA
3. Complete the Financial Aid Review process at school the student will attend. (The student’s FAFSA will be pulled into all the schools they list on their FAFSA. Each school has its own financial aid review process in which they may ask students to submit additional documentation). Financial aid can not be awarded until the entire process is complete.
Students who wish to pay for classes without financial aid can pay online or on campus. NOVA also offers a payment plan to allow families to break up their tuition payments. Keep in mind, enrollment in the payment play must occur well before the semester begins in order to get the full benefit. For more info please go to: http://www.nvcc.edu/payment/methods/index.html
Best of luck to you and your student.