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 at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/ or submit
your application to any 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/Counseling Center,
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. 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
ID is required. Allow approximately two hours for each test. If
you have questions about whether you need to take a placement
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
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,
check, and money order payments during regular business hours.
Refunds credited to your credit card are available only when
you pay on NovaConnect Web. For credit card payments made on
the NovaConnect telephone system, refunds will be processed as
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 July
15, 2004, you may purchase a fall 2004 permit by logging onto
the Parking Services Web page (http://parking.nvcc.edu/).
Beginning August 16, 2004 you may purchase a permit in person
at 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.
Step 10 Buy Your Books
Print your schedule of classes and take it to the campus bookstore;
or, reserve your books online at https://www.nvcc.bkstore.com.
Books should be purchased from the campus bookstore where the
course is located.
*For Extended Hours of Operation during registration, see the
Directory of Services page.