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Payment Methods & Deadlines - Spring '12

Our scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities can make your college education more affordable than you ever thought possible. Need-based financial aid is not available to international students, although many students can qualify for loans without demonstrating need.

Spring 2012 Deadlines

Applies to all credit classes.

Dynamic Session Classes: Although you may see other tuition due dates when viewing your account online, you may follow these payment deadlines.

If you enroll:   Tuition payment is due by:
Through December 15
 By 5 p.m. December 16, or your classes may be dropped
December 16 or later
 By 5 p.m. the next business day after you enroll, or your classes may be dropped

Classes may be dropped if tuition is not paid by the deadline.

Payments by cash, check, or money order must be received at a campus business office before 5 p.m. the next business day.

Payments by credit card using NOVAConnect (Web) are due before 5 p.m. on the next business day after you enroll.

For more information, call the Tuition and Fees Hotline at 703.323.3803 for Business Office hours at each campus.

Credit Card

NOVA accepts payment by credit card using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Credit cards are not accepted at campus Business Offices. You can complete all your business transactions with the College by using NOVAConnect.

To pay online, just click on the "Make a Payment" button on the Web page and follow the instructions. The system may take a few minutes to process your payment, so don't click the payment authorization more than once! Be sure to print out a copy of your confirmation number to have for future reference.

Refunds to your credit card are only available for payments made on NOVAConnect Web. All other refunds will be issued as checks payable to the student. Your refund will not be processed unless all debts to the College have been paid. Refunds for other services such as parking must be requested from the office providing the service.

Check or Money Order

Payments may be made in person or mailed to any campus Business Office payable to NVCC or NOVA, but must be received by 5 p.m. on the date of your payment deadline indicated in the table above.

Include your name, Student ID number (NOVAConnect ID), and telephone number of the account's owner. Addresses for each campus are available online, and inside the back cover of the printed schedule.


Cash payments are accepted only in person at the campus Business Office.

Financial Aid

To pay with approved (anticipated) financial aid, you must have received an official Financial Aid Notification Letter from NOVA's College Financial Aid Office. Loans cannot be used to cover your bill until a promissory note and loan entrance counseling are completed. Work-study awards can never be used to cover your bill. You can view your awards online via NOVAConnect.

NOTE: If your award does not fully cover your tuition/fees, please complete payments using the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, NOVAConnect or in person at a campus Business Office. You may apply for a student loan to cover additional tuition costs.

Third-Party Sponsor or Company Check

If your company or organization is paying for your tuition and fees, payment can be made by the following methods:

  • A company check for the amount due, payable to Northern Virginia Community College. Include your name, Student ID number (NOVAConnect ID), and telephone number of the account's owner.

  • Contract Payment -- You must submit to a campus business office no later than 5 p.m. on the date of your payment deadline your employer's written authorization to be billed for your classes. If your contract was mailed or faxed by the authorizing agency, you must notify the campus business office at the time you register to ensure the contract is applied to your financial account.

    By using an agency or employer contract/authorization, you agree to accept responsibility for the full amount of tuition if the agency/employer does not pay within 30 days after invoice.

Wire Transfer of Funds

The college can receive wire transfer of funds from an originator's bank. If you are interested in paying by this method, contact a campus Cashier or Business Manager to receive detailed instructions for how to transfer funds in this manner.

Pay in Installments - Nelnet Defer Payment

Using NOVA's Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, students can arrange for payments to be deducted from a bank account or charged to a credit card. The down payment will be deducted within 24 hours, followed by the enrollment fee a few days later. The remaining payments will be made automatically according to the payment schedule.

For more information and to enroll in the Nelnet Deferred Payment Plan, follow these simple steps AFTER registering for classes:

  • Logon to MyNOVA by clicking on the gold MyNOVA tab on the top of this page on the right; go to Self Service
  • Go to Campus Finances
  • Click on Make a Payment
  • Click on Nelnet Payment Plan link
  • READ and accept Terms and Conditions
  • Complete the agreement form

Brochures are also available at each campus Business Office and Student Services Center.

NOTE: Students must register for classes before enrolling in the Nelnet Deferred Payment Plan. The earlier students enroll in the plan, the lower their monthly payment will be.