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NVC Promise

Deadlines

2022-2023 Academic Year: April 14, 2023 Application Deadline
Average processing time during PEAK processing times is up to 8 weeks. Peak is April - September.

Contact the Financial Aid Office if you have questions about the NVC Promise at (707) 256-7303 or NVC.Promise@napavalley.edu

TWO YEARS FREE OF FEES! The Napa Valley College (NVC) Promise Scholarship is a 2 year program that pays enrollment and other covered fees at Napa Valley College for students who:

  • Have submitted a Napa Valley College admissions application; and

  • Have submitted a FAFSA or CADAA (see "How do I apply" below)

  • Are or will be a full-time student attending NVC who have never received a NVC Promise Scholarship; or

  • Are or will be a full-time student attending NVC who complete received the first year of the NVC Promise Scholarship and are applying to renew their scholarship for a second year; and

  • Are California residents (or AB540 eligible) for tuition purposes with Admissions & Records; and

  • Have not already earned an Associate Degree or higher.

The NVC Promise Scholarship began in Fall 2018 and is funded by the California College Promise (AB 19 & AB 2).

The NVC Promise will pay the full cost of covered fees for the summer, fall, and spring semesters (if enrolled full-time for the semester) and a portion of the of the cost for fall and spring parking permits at Napa Valley College for credit programs. In addition, eligible Promise students will be exempt from thePay-to-Stay requirement, so they won't have to worry about being dropped from their classes for non-payment. However,the Pay-to-Stay exemption will not be approved until all required steps (see "How Do I Apply" below) are completed and processed by the Financial Aid/EOPS/Veterans Services Office. Eligible students will receive a "Congratulations!" email in their NVC Student Email account. You may also see the exemption notice on Self Service. An example of the fees covered by the NVC Promise is shown in the table below.

Table 1 - Covered Fees Example

2022-2023 NVC Promise Scholarship

Covered Fees
Summer
(12 units)
Fall
(12 units)
Spring
(12 units)
First Year
Total
Enrollment Fees
$46 per unit

$552

$552

$552

$1,656
Accident Insurance
$1 each semester

$1

$1

$1

$3
Student Health Fee
$20 Fall and Spring
$10 $20 $20 $50
Student Representation Fee
$2 each semester
$2 $2 $2 $6
Student Activities Fee
$5 Fall and Spring
$6 $12 $12 $30
Student Technology Fee
$10 Fall and Spring
-- $10 $10 $20
*Course Material Fee (restrictions apply) Up to $450 Up to $450 Up to $450 Up to $1350
Semester Parking Permit Discount
$0 Discount
(Student pays $16)
$12 Discount
(Student pays $20)
$12 Discount
(Student pays $20)
$24 Discount Total
TOTAL FEES COVERED $571-$1,021 $609-$1,059 $609-$1,059 $1,789-$3,139

*Includes only fee(s) charged and payable at the time of registration with current semester fees. See "Schedule of Credit Classes" online for courses that have a materials fee.

The NVC Promise Scholarship Program will only pay covered fees that are listed in Table 1 found under "what does it cover?". For a complete listing of fees you are required to pay and instructions on how to "opt out' of optional fees, please review the NVC Fee and Refund page.

You are required to pay for any books, supplies, online access fees, or other costs required by the course on your own.

If you qualify for Federal or State grant assistance based on your FAFSA or CADAA, you should use those funds to help you pay for educational costs that are not covered by the NVC Promise Scholarship.

If you receive the CA College Promise Grant (CCPG) to waive your enrollment fees at the time of registration, you will not receive the enrollment fee portion of NVC Promise Scholarship.

Complete each of the following steps to be considered for a NVC Promise Scholarship (click on the blue text to open the links). Students must reapply at the end of the first year to be considered for a second year NVC Promise Scholarship (see "What must I do to remain eligible for the NVC Promise").

STEP 1: Complete the FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application

If you are a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen (not DACA), submit the FAFSA:
2022-2023 FAFSA

If you are DACA, AB540 eligible, undocumented, or under-documented, submit the CADAA:
2022-2023 CA Dream Act Application (CADAA)

STEP 2: Complete the NVC Promise Scholarship Application

2022-2023 NVC Promise Scholarship Application

STEP 3: Declare a valid major or program of study (degree, certificate, or transfer)

STEP 4: Register/enroll full-time in classes

Login to NVC Self Service to register for classes. If enrolled less-than full-time in a semester, you will be ineligible for that semester and may lose your eligibility for the second year of the NVC Promise Scholarship. Full-time is defined as:

  • 12 or more units per semester (including summer, for NVC Promise scholarship only).
  • DSPS Students Only: If you are (or will be) enrolled in less than 12 units under a DSPS approved full-time unit load reduction for Fall and/or Spring, you must submit a Certification of DSPS Full-Time Unit Load Reduction form.

The average application processing time during peak periods (May-September) is 6-8 weeks. You may view your NVC Promise application status in Financial Aid Self Service under the "Complete Required Documents" link. To access Financial Aid Self Service, login to Self Service and then click on Financial Aid.

You will receive an email in your NVC student email inbox once your application is processed.

  • If you are eligible you will receive a "Congratulations!" email in your NVC student email inbox. The email will include important information you need to know about your NVC Promise Scholarship award. You may view your NVC Promise Scholarship award in Financial Aid Self-Service by clicking on the "Review and accept your Financial Aid Award Package" link.
  • If you are not eligible a denial email will be sent to your NVC student email stating why you were denied. If the denial was based on a reason that can be corrected, you may submit a new NVC Promise Scholarship Application once you have met the requirements.
  • Applications are processed by date received and may take up to 6-8 weeks processing time during peak periods. Your completed application must be reviewed and all eligibility requirements verified before the NVC Promise Scholarship Program can determine your eligibility.

Check your NVC student email regularly for information about your application status and eligibility. To access your NVC student email, go to MyNVC Login, click on Office 365 (not Canvas), and open the Outlook App to access your NVC student email inbox. Do not forward your NVC student email to your personal email as all of your student emails may not be forwarded.

Covered fees will be paid to your student account on the following dates:

2022-2023 Academic Year (beginning Summer 2022)

  • June 2022 - Summer 2022 (optional)
  • October 2022 - Fall 2022
  • March 2023 - Spring 2023

Important information

  • If you drop below 12 units before payment is made, you will be ineligible for payment for that semester.
  • If you drop below 12 units (Fall and Spring only) at any time during your first year, you will be ineligible to apply for a second year.
  • If you paid your fees before being approved for the NVC Promise, you may be eligible to receive a refund. Parking fees are not refundable. Fees will not be refunded until after your enrollment status is verified and the NVC Promise Scholarship is applied to your student account.
  • If you are eligible for a refund, any unpaid fees on your student account will be deducted from the refund before it is processed for payment by the Business Office. Fees paid by credit card will be refunded to the credit card used (if within 180 days of use).
  • This is NOT a cash award. Any award amount not used for covered fees will be returned to the NVC Promise Scholarship Program.

Once you are approved for the NVC Promise Scholarship program, you must enroll in and maintain full-time enrollment (12 or more units) in the Fall and Spring semesters and achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grades or better) by the end of the Spring semester of your first year in the program. If you are enrolled full-time in only one semester, the NVC Promise will only apply to that semester.

To qualify for a SECOND YEAR, you must:

  • Submit a new FAFSA or CADAA for the appropriate academic year; AND
  • Submit a new NVC Promise Scholarship Application for the appropriate academic year; AND
  • Maintain full-time enrollment in both the fall and spring semesters during your first year; AND
  • Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the Spring semester of your first year.

HOW MUCH IS THE NVC PROMISE WORTH?
The value of the NVC Promise depends on the number of units enrolled. The NVC Promise will pay covered fees for each semester the student is enrolled full-time during their first year in College after high school graduation. See Table 1 for an example of covered costs. Funds may be limited, so read the instructions carefully and apply early. Incomplete or invalid applications will be denied.

ARE BOOKS COVERED?
No, books are not covered at this time.

ARE COURSE MATERIAL FEES OR LAB FEES COVERED?
Yes, with exceptions. See Table 1 for covered fees in the "what does it cover?" section.

HOW WILL FEES BE PAID?
Covered fees will be paid directly to your NVC Student Account on a specific date each semester (see "When Will Covered Fees Be Paid" above).

WILL THE NVC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP COVER ENROLLMENT IN MORE THAN 12 UNITS?
Yes.

HOW LONG IS THE NVC PROMISE SCHOLARSHIP GOOD FOR?
The NVC Promise Scholarship is available for up to two consecutive year (if eligible).

"What must I do to remain eligible for the NVC Promise?" (above) for more information.

CAN I BEGIN IN SPRING AND STILL BE ELIGIBLE?
Yes, but you will only have 1.5 years of eligibility.

WHAT IF I DROP BELOW 12 UNITS?
Your enrollment will be checked prior to the date covered fees will be paid each semester (see "When Will Covered Fees Be Paid" above for dates). If you are enrolled in 12 or more units at that time, you will remain eligible for the entire semester.

If you drop below 12 units before your covered fees are paid, you will be ineligible for the NVC Promise Scholarship and will be responsible for paying ALL fees for the semester yourself.

If you are enrolled in a late-start course that begins after the semester census date, you are required to attend that course when it begins. If you fail to attend any course enrolled, those units will be removed from your enrollment status and you may become ineligible for the NVC Promise for the semester. You will then be responsible for paying all previously covered fees for that semester.

If you fail to maintain 12 units each fall and spring semester in your first year, you will be ineligible for a second year.