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 To Pay in Installments: Enroll in FACTS Deferred Tuition
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 http://www.nvcc.edu/tuitionandfees/facts.htm.
Step 6 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 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 http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/.
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
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
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,
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 http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/studentmail.html.
Step 9 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 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 http://parking.nvcc.edu/.
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 https://www.nvcc.bkstore.com.
Books should be purchased from the campus bookstore where the
course is located.