Step 1 Apply for Admission and Financial Aid
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 or apply on-line at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/. 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 Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/finance. You may also check on the status of your application and awards from this Web site.
Step 2 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 3 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. 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 4 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 5 Register for Classes
There are three ways to register for classes. The first is to use the Web NovaConnect at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/. The second is to use the Telephone NovaConnect registration system at 703-323-3770 or 703-330-3770 (Prince William County). (See the NovaConnect Telephone Registration Helpful Hints page in this schedule.) The third 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 on the Web at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/.
Step 6 Pay Your Tuition
To pay by a credit card (Visa or MasterCard), you may use the telephone NovaConnect system or you may pay on-line at the Web NovaConnect by clicking on the "Make A Payment" button in the Financial Services area. Then follow the instructions for paying by credit card. When paying on the Web, be sure to printout a copy of your confirmation number to have for future reference. You may also mail a check or money order payment to the campus Business Office. If you wish to pay your tuition in cash, you must pay in person at a campus Business Office during normal business hours. The Business Office also accepts contract authorizations and check and money order payments during regular business hours. 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 http:// www.nvcc.edu/ithd/studentmail.html
Step 8 Check Your Registration Schedule. You can also check your classes and payment status by telephone. 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 schedule every time you make changes to your schedule.
You can print a copy of your registration schedule using the NovaConnect Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/
Step 9 Buy a Parking Permit) or by going in person to any one of the College Parking/Campus Police Offices. The current charge for a parking permit is $35.00 per semester/session. Parking permits are required for all semesters/sessions of enrollment. For more information on parking procedures and policies, see "Parking" in the General Information section of this schedule.
Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots. Student permits are valid only in "B" lots. You may purchase a permit by logging onto the Parking Services Web page (http://parking.nvcc.edu/
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.