Step 1 Apply for Admission
If you are attending NVCC for the first time or returning after 3 years of non-attendance, you must submit an Application for Admission and an Application for In-State Tuition (if appropriate) to the Admissions Office at your preferred campus. If you are interested in distance learning courses only, see the Extended Learning Institute pages in the back of the schedule. If you wish to apply for student financial aid (grants, loans, work-study), complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) available from a campus Financial Aid Information Service, the College Financial Aid Office (703-323-3199), or on the College Website at http://www. nvcc.edu/finance. You may also check on the status of your application and awards from this Website.
Step 2 See a Counselor
If you are attending NVCC for the first time, you are encouraged to speak with a counselor before registering for classes. Walk-in advising is available at each campus. Continuing students should see a counselor or their faculty advisor. Students with disabilities can meet with the counselor for Disability Services.
Step 3 Obtain an NVCC Catalog.
Degree and certificate programs offered at NVCC are described in the NVCC Catalog. The catalog also contains prerequisite requirements and course descriptions. Each student who turns in an application at an Admissions and Records Office will receive a free copy of the catalog. If you apply by mail, you will receive a letter of acceptance advising you to bring the letter or a catalog coupon to any Admissions and Records Office to receive a free copy of the catalog. You may also access the catalog at http://www.nvcc.edu
Step 4 Take Placement Tests
Most new students should take the English and math placement tests. The tests are given at the Testing Center at each campus. Starting in spring 2003 and thereafter, new students who take the placement tests are required to pay a $15.00 placement testing fee. A photo ID is required. Allow approximately two hours for each test. If you have questions about whether you need to take a placement test, please see a counselor.
Step 5 Register for Classes
There are two ways to register for classes. The first is to use the NOVAnet telephone registration system. (For the NOVAnet Helpful Hints and a worksheet go to http://www.nvcc.edu/forms/pdf/125-121.pdf.) The second way is to come to the campus during in-person registration. (Note: Mailed/faxed registration forms will not be processed.) Use the registration worksheet to identify the classes you wish to take. First-time students should enroll for STD 100 or another Student Development course. The ability to check for open classes is available at http://www.nvcc.edu/sis/WebTrans/ClosedClass/default.tplt
Step 6 Pay Your Tuition
If you are paying your tuition in cash, you must pay in person at a campus Business Office. The Business Office also accepts checks and money orders and will give you a receipt. You may also obtain a receipt at http://www.nvcc.edu/sis/WebTrans/webReceipt. You also may pay by mailing a check or money order to your campus Business Office or by using NOVAnet for a credit card payment. There is no deferred payment.
Step 7 Access Your Free Student E-mail Account.
You will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through your e-mail account. For access instructions go to www.nvcc.edu/ithelpdesk/studentservices
Step 8 Check Your Registration Receipt. You can also check your classes and payment status by calling NOVAnet. It is your responsibility to check for errors. Please verify that you have registered for the courses that you intended to select. It is important to obtain a copy of your registration receipt every time you make changes to your schedule. Receipts/schedules may not be given to anyone other than the student.
You can obtain a receipt and a copy of your registration schedule at any campus or you may print a copy of your receipt from the College Website at http://www.nvcc.edu/sis/WebTrans/webReceipt/
Step 9 Buy a Parking Permit) or in person at the campus Parking Services Offices. The charge for a parking permit is $25.00 per semester. Parking permits are required for all sessions or terms of enrollment. See "Parking" under the General Information section in this schedule for more information on parking procedures and policies.
Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots. Student permits are valid only in "B" lots. You may purchase a permit by mail (for an online copy go to http://www.nvcc.edu/forms/pdf/105-066.pdf
Step 10 Buy Your Books
Information about the books you will need for your courses is available at each campus bookstore. Books should be purchased from the campus bookstore where the course is located.