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Senior Citizens

NOVA welcomes lifelong learners! Earn a degree or learn something new.

Learning is ageless. We encourage you to enroll in NOVA's credit and non-credit classes. Qualified senior citizens are entitled to register and not pay tuition on a space-available basis for certain types of courses. Before the beginning of the semester in which you want to enroll, you must have 1.) reached the age of 60 and 2.) had legal domicile in Virginia for one year.

A senior citizen is entitled to enroll and not pay tuition on a space-available basis for the following types of courses, as specified:

  • Credit Courses -- eligible if taxable income has not exceeded $23,850 for the preceding year in which enrollment is sought
  • Credit Courses for Audit (receive no credit) -- eligible regardless of income
  • Non-Credit (CEU) Courses (through Workforce Development) -- eligible regardless of income. You must register for these courses by contacting Workforce Development.

For more information browse the College Catalog

Seniors may register online beginning the Friday before their class session begins. If you need registration assistance after classes have begun, you may go to the campus Student Services Center during the first week of the session.

Eligibility Requirements for the Tuition Waiver
  • Sixty years of age or older.
  • Domiciled in Virginia for a minimum of one-year prior to the beginning of classes for the semester/term.
Applying for the Tuition Waiver
  1. Apply online to the College.
    • If you are attending NOVA for the first time, you are considered a new student and must submit an Application for Admission to NOVA. 
    • If it has been three or more years since your last class at NOVA, you are a returning student and must submit an Application for Admission.
    • You must complete an online application at least 24 hours before you can register for classes and you must complete the Senior Citizen Enrollment Tuition Waiver Form (105-88E).
    • Do not use the Senior Citizen Enrollment Tuition Waiver Form for non-credit courses offered through Workforce Development at the campus where the course is being offered.
  2. Seniors may register online beginning the Friday before their class session begins. If you need registration assistance after classes have begun, you may go to the campus Student Services Center during the first week of the session.
  3. Submit the tuition waiver form by 5 p.m. the next business day after registering.
  4. For verification purposes, the College reserves the right to ask for proof of income and/or photo identification (ID).

You must pay course expenses other than tuition, such as laboratory and art fees (Exception: Fees for applied music courses will be waived.). Check your student account balance in myNOVA. Fees must be paid by 5 p.m. the next business day after registration.

Important Registration Procedure Guidelines

The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver will not be applied if the class is closed.

  • Registration is not complete until the senior tuition waiver form has been successfully completed and submitted within this same timeframe as registration. Submit the tuition waiver form immediately after registering.
  • You may not make changes to your registration after the registration deadline. However, you can register for a later-starting course.
Credit Courses
  • You may enroll in up to three courses per term for academic credit, if your taxable income does not exceed $23,850.
  • Regardless of income, you may audit up to three credit courses per term for free using the tuition waiver.
  • If you have completed 75 percent of your degree requirements, you may enroll at the same time as tuition-paying students.
Non-credit Courses
  • Non-credit courses - eligible regardless of income
  • You may take a non-credit Workforce Development course for free if space is available.
  • To enroll in non-credit courses, the student must contact the Workforce Development Department at the campus where the course is being offered. Do not complete the online tuition waiver form.
Registration Assistance

A Senior Citizens’ Hotline staffed by Virtual Advisors is available to help you register during certain hours. Call 703-425-5989 to speak with someone at the Hotline during the Virtual Advising hours posted. At other times, your call will be sent to a voice mailbox and an advisor will call you back. 

Campus Student Services Centers will assist you with your registration beginning the Friday before classes begin. Please note that Student Services Centers are generally closed on weekends; however, they are open the Saturday before classes begin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

If you need further assistance registering for courses, you may go Student Services for assistance in getting registered through the first week of classes.  

Click here for step-by-step registration procedures.

DISCLAIMER: The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 and amendments allow senior citizens to take classes at no charge under certain circumstances. "Senior Citizens Higher Education Act" is set forth in Chapter 4.5 (§23-38.54 et seq.) of Title 23 of the Code of Virginia.

 

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