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Senior Citizens

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

You may qualify to attend credit and many non-credit classes at NOVA without paying tuition.

To be eligible for the tuition waiver, you must be:

  • 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.

To apply for the tuition waiver:

  1. Apply online to the College.
  2. Register online for any open course during the scheduled time.
  3. Submit the tuition waiver form immediately 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.

Credit Courses

  • You may enroll in up to three courses per term for academic credit, if your taxable income does not exceed $15,000.
  • 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

  • You may take a non-credit Workforce Development course for free if space is available.
  • To enroll in non-credit courses, contact the Workforce Development Department at the campus where the course is being offered.

Important Registration Procedure Guidelines

The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver will not be applied if the:

  • Class is closed.
  • Waiver form is not received before 11:59 p.m. on the day before the session begins to meet the On-Time Registration requirement.


  • You may not make changes to your registration after the registration deadline. However, you can register for a later-starting course.
  • 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 to NOVA.  Go to An online application must be complete at least 24 hours before you can register for classes and complete the Senior Citizen Enrollment Tuition Waiver Form.   Once your application is processed, you will be able to register and complete the tuition waiver form without delays.

Click here for step-by-step registration procedures.

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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.