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Are you a current student who already received financial aid for the Fall or Spring term in the current award year?

If Yes, then there is nothing else you need to do as long as…

Is Summer the first term you are receiving financial aid this award year?

  • Since Summer is considered a trailing term for the current award year, complete the current award year FAFSA (i.e. the 2020-2021 FAFSA for Summer 2021).
  • After your FAFSA has been received by the school, make sure all outstanding myNOVA To Do List items have been completed.
  • If you are considering using student loans, please refer to NOVA’s Financial Aid-Loans webpage for more information.

How is my summer financial aid award determined?

  • The results of your FAFSA help determine your eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study.
  • Your summer aid eligibility will consist of your remaining loan and Pell Grant eligibility for the award year.
  • Your initial award will be based on a full-time enrollment status (meaning 12 or more eligible credits).
  • IF you are enrolled in less than 12 eligible credits after the term census*(see below for definition), your Pell award will be reduced.
  • *Term Census for the summer is the day AFTER the last day to drop with a tuition refund for the longest session of the summer term. See our Academic Calendar webpage.

Important reminders:

  • If you were awarded a Pell grant based on enrollment in at least 12 eligible credits for both the Fall & Spring term immediately before this summer term, then you will need to enroll in at least six (6) eligible credits to receive a Pell Grant in the summer.
  • If you were less-than-full-time in either the Fall or Spring term, then you might be Pell eligible if you take 5 or fewer credits – review the What is Year-Round Pell Grant article for more information.
  • Adding classes after Term Census will NOT increase your Pell Grant award.
  • If you are not enrolled in any eligible credits after the summer term census, your summer aid will be cancelled.
  • Student loans require a minimum of six (6) eligible credits.
  • Use the Pro-rate tool to see your anticipated aid based on your current enrollment. To learn, more see the article: How can I view aid adjustments based on my actual enrollment (Prorate Tool)?

For more information, access the following FATV Video: I need to attend summer classes, am I eligible to receive financial aid for summer school?.

(Financial Aid > Applying for Aid)

Last updated: 2020-10-14 02:15 PM 2073-8726-8386-3728
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