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. 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

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 To Pay in Installments: Enroll in FACTS Deferred Tuition Payment Plan
You must enroll in the FACTS program at least one day before you register for your classes. For more information or to enroll online, go to

Step 6 Register for Classes
To register for classes, use NovaConnect on the Web at or the NovaConnect telephone registration system at 703-323-3770 or 703-330-3770 (Prince William County). (See the NovaConnect Telephone Registration Helpful Hints on page 21.) (Note: Mailed/faxed registration forms will not be processed.) First-time students should enroll for SDV 100 or another Student Development course. You may check for open classes on the Web at

Step 7 Pay Your Tuition

  • If you enrolled in the FACTS Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, see Web site for payment schedule.

  • If you registered between April 20 and April 29, payment for all classes is due April 29 by 5:00PM.

  • If you register April 30 or later, payment for all classes is due by the end of the day you register or your classes will be dropped!

  • To pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express, you must use either the NovaConnect telephone system or Web site.

  • 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. There may be a system delay in posting the payment—do not click the payment button more than once! Read and verify the confirmation page and print a copy for future reference.

  • To pay your tuition by check, cash, or money order, visit a campus Business Office during posted hours only. You may also mail payments by check or money order to any campus Business Office but they must be received by April 29.

  • Cash payments or contract authorizations must be made in person at a campus Business Office during posted hours.

  • Refunds to your credit card are credited to that card only when you pay on NovaConnect Web.

  • NovaConnect telephone system credit card payments will be refunded to you as checks. For more information, see page 8, Tuition.

Step 8 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

Step 9 Check Your Registration Schedule
You can print a copy of your registration schedule using the NovaConnect Web site at 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 10 Buy a Parking Permit
Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots except at parking meters. Student permits are valid only in “B” lots. Beginning April 20, you may purchase a summer 2005 permit by logging onto the Parking Services Web page at Permits are also available at 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. Summer session enforcement begins at 6 a.m. on May 31st. See page 10 for more information on parking procedures and policies.

Step 11 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.


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This page was last updated on March 21, 2005 11:30 AM