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.
Information about FACTS, the deferred tuition payment plan, also
is available on the 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 also may 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
To register for classes, use NovaConnect on the Web at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/ or the NovaConnect telephone registration system at 703-323-3770
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.)
First-time students should enroll for STD 100 or another Student
Development course. You may check for open classes on the Web
Step 6 Pay Your Tuition
If you enroll between November 15 and December 15, payment for
all classes is due December 15, 2004 by 5:00PM. If you enroll
December 16, or later, payment for all classes is due the day
of enrollment or your classes will be dropped! You may enroll
and pay at different times during the day, but payment must be
received the same day for your class to be protected. 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
paying by credit card. When paying on the Web, be sure to print
a copy of your confirmation number to have for future reference.
Information about FACTS, the deferred tuition payment plan, is
available on the Web site. If you wish to pay your tuition by
check, cash, or money order, you may do so at a campus Business
Office during regular or extended business hours. Mailed payments
by check or money order must be received by December 15, 2004.
You also may 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 business
hours. The Business Office also accepts contract authorizations,
check, and money order payments during 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 to the student as
checks. For more information, see the “Tuition” section
in this schedule.*
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 print a copy of your registration schedule using the NovaConnect
Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/. You also can 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 November
15, 2004, you may purchase a spring 2005 permit by logging onto
the Parking Services Web page at http://parking.nvcc.edu/. Beginning
January 10, 2005, you may purchase a permit in person at any
one of the College Parking Offices. The charge for a parking
permit is $35.00 per semester/session. Parking permits are required
for all semesters/sessions of enrollment. For more information,
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.