Grants for higher education are an excellent option for eligible students. For one thing, they don’t need to be repaid (like a loan) if you comply with the guidelines. And there are also a variety of grants available to students who are willing to do a bit of additional research to finance their education.
What Is a Grant?
Grants are a form of gift aid based on demonstrated financial need.
Grants usually do not have to be repaid, as long as you complete the courses for which the grant aid was awarded. You must apply for Financial Aid and submit your FAFSA to NOVA to be considered for grants. Funds are limited, so get your application in early.
Who Is Eligible?
To qualify for financial aid, you must:
- Be enrolled in an eligible program of study
- Maintain satisfactory academic standing
- Not be in default on a federal educational loan or owe a repayment to a federal grant
State and federally funded aid programs require:
- U.S. citizenship
- Permanent residency, Asylee or refugee status
- Virginia residency (state funds only)
- Federal school code for NOVA: 003727
How Much Grant Money Can You Receive?
It varies. Federal Pell Grants are the largest federal grants, providing anywhere from $600 - $3,000 per semester. But this is just one of your options. Check the list below to find out what else you might qualify for.
For more detailed information about grants, please visit our Grants page on nvcc.edu.
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- Commonwealth Grant (COMA)
- Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP)
- Part-Time Tuition Assistance Grant (PTAP)
- Northern Virginia Community College Tuition Assistance Grant (NOVA TAG)
- Emergency Grant
- Virginia Community College System Tuition Grant
- Virginia Foster Care Grant
- Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
- District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)