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 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 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

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 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*

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 checks.*

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 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 ( 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 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.


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This page was last updated on June 9, 2004 3:42 PM