Grants Available at NOVA!


Federal Pell Grant
The largest federal grant program provides awards from $602 to $5,730.

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Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant
This grant provides $750 to eligible first-year undergrads and $1,300 to eligible second-year undergrads.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
This grant offers $200 to $4,000 to students pursuing a first baccalaureate degree.

Commonwealth Grant
The Commonwealth provides grants to qualified students with financial need who are domiciled residents of Virginia.

College Scholarship Assistance Program
This need-based state program makes grants ranging from $400 - $2,000 available to eligible students.

Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program
This program provides awards up to the cost of tuition and fees to students who graduated from a Virginia high school with a 2.5 cumulative GPA, are enrolled in a certificate or degree program, and are residents of Virginia.

Part-Time Tuition Assistance Grant
The Virginia Community College System provides tuition grants to qualified students enrolled for 1-6 semester credits.

Northern Virginia Community College Tuition Assistance Grant
This program provides assistance to full- and part-time students enrolled in credit-based courses who meet satisfactory academic progress standards.

NOVA Book and Access Grant
The Northern Virginia Community College Board provides a limited amount of financial support for students who are unable to purchase books during the first week of classes.

Virginia Community College System Tuition Grant
This program covers tuition and fees at any Virginia community college for high school or GED graduates who were in foster care, in custody of a social services agency, or considered as a special-needs adoption at the time of graduation.

Virginia’s Two-Year College Transfer Grant
The new Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program makes it easier for eligible NOVA students to pay for completing a bachelor's degree. Students who enter NOVA as first-time freshmen in Fall 2007 or later may receive up to $1000 per year when they transfer to a four-year public or private non-profit college or university in Virginia. An additional $1000 per year may be awarded to students enrolled in certain engineering, mathematics, nursing, teaching, or science programs. (For a list of approved CIP codes for majors eligible for an additional $1000 award go to

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The final academic transcript is the authority for determining whether the student has met the CTG’s 2-year college requirements.

State Grants/D.C. Residents: District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant
The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program provides awards for eligible students that equal the difference between in- and out-of-state tuition, not to exceed an annual maximum of $2,500 at a community college and a lifetime maximum of $50,000.

State Code and Regulations for Virginia State Financial Aid Programs:

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  • Topic #: 8202-104
  • Date Created: 9/14/2011
  • Last Modified Since: 5/27/2015
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