Getting Started at NVCC
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.
If you are claiming entitlement to in-state tuition rates, you must
also complete the in-state tuition section of the application form,
prior to registration and payment of tuition. You can apply online
or submit your application to your preferred campus. There will
be a 48-hour processing time upon receipt of the application. 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
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. You may also access the catalog at http://www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog.
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
To register for classes use the NovaConnect on the Web at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/
or the NovaConnect telephone registration system at 703-323-3370
or 703-330-3770 (Prince William County). (See the “NovaConnect
Telephone Registration Helpful Hints” page in this schedule.)
(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 NovaConnect
telephone system or you may pay online using NovaConnect on the
Web 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.
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://
Step 8 Check Your Registration Schedule
You can print a copy of your registration schedule using the NovaConnect
Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/.
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.
Step 9 Buy a Parking Permit
Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots. Student
permits are valid only in “B” lots. Beginning April
21, 2004, you may purchase a summer 2004 permit by logging onto
the Parking Services Web page (http://parking.nvcc.edu/)
or by going in person to any one of the College Parking/Campus Police
Offices (beginning May 10, 2004). 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.
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.