Financial Aid

Overview of Programs

The Financial Aid/EOPS Office offers a variety of aid programs, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work study opportunities for students who are having a difficult time meeting the cost of attending Napa Valley College.

Any student who is having financial difficulties is urged to contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office for application information.  Don’t disqualify yourself!  If you think you need financial aid, apply for it.

If you are a new applicant, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will be considered for the Federal Pell Grant, Cal Grants, Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Work Study, Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, and the Federal Direct Loan.  The application period for each award year begins January 1 prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester.  Check with the Financial Aid/EOPS Office, room 1132. 

A new FAFSA application is required for each academic year. 
For more information, call (707) 256-7300.

Financial Aid Applications for financial aid and enrollment fee waivers can be made through the Financial Aid/EOPS and Veteran Services Office, room 1132. Call (707) 256-7300. Contact the Financial Aid Office for a fee waiver application.

Priority Awarding 

Priority for financial aid funding is given to students who demonstrate the highest need. If your application is filed by March 2nd and your file is complete, it will be considered first priority. When your file is complete, aid will be awarded by the order of need. Applications will be accepted throughout the academic year. Awards will be made as long as funds are available.

Qualifications 

In order to qualify you must be

  • a regular student enrolled in an eligible program leading to a degree or certificate,
  • be in good academic standing,
  • demonstrate financial need,
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non citizen,
  • certify compliance with selective service registration requirements,
  • not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under any Title IV program,
  • have a social security number, and
  • have a high school diploma or recognized equivalent.

State financial aid, including the BOG Enrollment Fee Waiver, and scholarships are also available to

 

Eligibility 

The evaluation of your financial aid eligibility begins with a determination of family contribution which determines your, and/or your family’s ability to pay. Based on information provided on the FAFSA, an expected family contribution is calculated. This is the amount of money you and/or your parents are expected to contribute toward your educational cost.

Financial aid applications are processed centrally by national processors. That process determines the family contribution based on a standard methodology established by the federal government. This methodology evaluates a number of factors which include your income and assets (and those of your parents if applicable) and your family size.

A financial aid staff member reviews the results of the analysis and makes appropriate adjustments for your personal circumstances. You don’t have to be poor to qualify, but you do have to show that you need aid. Need is the difference between what it costs to attend college and what you and your family can afford to pay toward the cost.

Expenses/Standard Student Budget 

The following budget offers a guideline of expenses for a school year at Napa Valley College. Budget amounts may increase or decrease based on a student's living situation and enrollment status. The following budget sample is for a student living away from his/her parents home:

SAMPLE - 9-Month Student Budget
Sample 9-Month Student Budget   

Amount

Tuition and Enrollment Fees**
California Resident

$       1,306

Books and Supplies

      1,710

Food

3,663

Housing

7,605

Transportation

1,323

Miscellaneous

2,844

Independent or Dependent Student
living away from parents home - (Total)
    


$ 18,451

  **Tuition and Enrollment Fees

  • All students add a $46 per unit enrollment fee each semester. 
  • Out-of-State students add $200 per unit tuition in addition to the enrollment fee. 
  • Foreign students add $200 tuition in addition to the enrollment fee.

Any student or parent who would like to discuss detailed expenses should contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office, (Room 1132) at (707) 256-7300.

Financial Aid Disbursements 

Federal Pell Grant is disbursed twice each semester.  Academic Competiveness Grant, Federal SEOG, EOPS Grant, CARE Grant, Cal Grant B, and Cal Grant C are disbursed once each semester.  Checks will be mailed to you at the address you have on file in the Financial Aid/EOPS Office.  Checks will not be forwarded

Federal Work-Student checks are issued at the end of each month and are picked up at the Cashier's Office, Room 1307.

Please read the FA Payment Information page for important information about how financial aid awards are disbursed at NVC.  Click on the link listed above or at the top left of your screen.

Jobs 

Federal Work Study Jobs
are available to students who qualify for financial aid. These are positions on-campus.  The pay rate begins at $8.00 and varies according to the job description.  Eligible students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session.  Students must work to earn a Federal Work Study award. 

Student Assistant Jobs
are available to students who do not qualify for other federal and state funds. Eligible students may work up to 20 hours per week while school is in session. 

In addition, part-time jobs are developed through the Career/Re-Entry Center. These positions are off campus and are available to any student enrolled at the college (except international students attending NVC on an F-1 visa status).

International Education 

Students enrolling in a program of study abroad, approved for credit at Napa Valley College, may be eligible for financial aid.

Refunds and Repayments 

Students who receive financial aid payments are subject to repayment rules as outlined by the federal government. A student who withdraws or drops out may be required to repay all or part of any financial aid funds received. Please read the FA Repayment Requirements page for important information. Click on the link listed at the top left of your screen.

Any refunds for the return of unearned tuition and fees paid to the institution by federal financial aid funds will be returned to the federal account as defined by regulations.

Grants and Waivers

Board of Governor’s Enrollment Fee Waivers (BOGW) are available to students in need of enrollment fee assistance. To be eligible, a student must be a California resident who at the time of enrollment is a recipient of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), General Assistance, or meets the following income standards: 

2013-2014 BOGW Income Standards

Number in Household

Total Family Income 2012

1

$ 16,755

2

$ 22,695

3

$ 28,635

4

$ 34,575

5

$ 40,515

6

$ 46,455

7

$ 52,395

8

$ 58,335

(Add $5,940 for each additional family member.)

For students who do not meet the above criteria, eligibility for a BOGW may be determined by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants are available to students who are at least one-quarter American Indian. These grants provide supplemental funds for educational expenses. Contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs at (916) 978-4329 for application information.

Cal Grant B Awards are available to students from low-income backgrounds and average up to $ 1,551 a year. Apply before March each year for the following academic year.

Cal Grant C Awards of up to $ 576 for training-related costs are available to students pursuing a vocationally oriented course of study. Apply before March each year for the following academic year.

CARE Grants are available for single parent EOPS students receiving TANF with at least one child under fourteen years of age to help pay for books, transportation, and child care. Support services to assist students in meeting their goals are part of the program.

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services Awards (EOPS) are available to educationally disadvantaged students with financial need. Additional support services are available through the program.

Federal Pell Grants of approximately $ 5,550 per academic year are available to qualified students. This federal aid program is designed to provide assistance to those who demonstrate a financial need while attending college.  Students must apply each year beginning in January for the following academic year.

Summer Pell Grant awards may be available to students who have not received their maximum yearly award during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 or more units) may also qualify for additonal Pell under certain conditions. For more information, click on the Summer Pell Grant link above or use the Financial Aid Quick Launch link.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants of $ 100 to $ 4,000 per academic year may be available to students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant and have financial need. Students with the highest need are considered first.

Scholarships 

Scholarships are awarded each year to students, ranging from $ 100 to $ 5,000. Annual workshops, along with individual assistance are provided to help students with the application process. All students meeting scholarship requirements are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted in December and January for the following academic year.  For more information contact the Financial Aid/EOPS Office. (For more information on scholarships, see the Foundation page)

Loans  

A separate application process is required for each loan.

Emergency Loan funds for books and supplies are available on a limited basis through the Napa Valley College Foundation. Apply at the Financial Aid/EOPS Office at the beginning of each semester. Funds are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Program Suspended August 2013

Federal Direct Loan applications are available during the Fall Semester through the beginning of April for eligible students who have completed the financial aid application process. These loans have a low interest rate and are repayable six months after the borrower ceases to be a half-time student. For application information, click on the Federal Direct Loan Application & Instructions link.  

Federal Student Loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including but not limited to, income-based repayment and income contingent repayment plans, and loan forgiveness benefits which other student loans are not required to do. Federal loans are available to students regardless of income

Private educational loans are available through various banks and lenders to assist students who are not eligible for federal financial assistance or who have unusually high educational costs. Students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal grants and loans, before seeking a private educational loan.

To apply for a private educational loan, students must seek a bank or lending institution that offers private educational loans to community college students. The interest rate offered on a private loan may depend on the borrower’s credit rating. Private loans can offer variable rates that can increase or decrease over time depending on market conditions. Private loans have a range of interest rates and fees, so students should determine these before accepting the loan. If you have questions, please contact a private student loan lender or the Financial Aid/EOPS Office.

Review Your Financial Aid History 

WebAdvisor is a secure Napa Valley College website where you can review your financial aid awards and print an award letter, search and register for classes, review your educational plan, and print an unofficial academic transcript.

The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, the Pell Grant program, and other Department of ED programs. NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and Pell grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or Pell grant data. Click on the highlighted National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) text in this message or go to http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/ to enter the site.

WebGrants for Students. The California Student Aid Commission has created this website just students.   This site allows Cal Grant and/or Chafee applicants and recipients access to their account information online. Recipients may also view updates, make school changes, make address changes and post leave of absence requests. This link opens in a new window.