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
If you wish to apply for student financial aid (grants, loans,
work-study), complete the Free Application for Student Aid
(FAFSA) at least four weeks prior to your payment deadline. See
9 for details.
If you think you qualify for in-state tuition rates, you must
also complete the in-state tuition section of the application
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 may be a delay of up to 24 hours following
receipt of your application before you can register for classes.
If you wish to pay in installments, 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 2 Pick up your 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. 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 on page 21. Mailed or faxed
registration forms will not be processed. First-time students
should register for SDV 100 or another Student Development course.
You may check for open classes on the Web at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/.
Step 6 Pay Your Tuition
If you enrolled in the FACTS Deferred Tuition Payment
Plan, see Web site for payment schedule.
If you register by July 31, payment for all classes
is due August 1 by 5:00PM. In most cases, classes not paid
for will be dropped after that date. Beginning August 1, the
tuition for any classes you register for must be paid before
the end of the next business day, or those classes will be
To pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American
Express), pay online using NovaConnect by clicking the “Make
A Payment” button in the Financial Services area. Then
follow the instructions. The system can take a few minutes
to process your payment. Do not click the payment button
more than once! Be sure to print a copy of the confirmation number
for future reference. You may also use the NovaConnect telephone
system to make a credit card payment.
Payments by check, cash, or money order may be made
in person at any campus Business Office during posted business
hours. Check or money order payments may also be mailed to
any campus Business Office but must be received by August 1,
2005. Business Offices also accept contract authorizations.
Refunds to your credit card are only available for
payments made on NovaConnect Web. All other refunds will be
issued as checks payable to the student. Your refund will not
be processed unless all debts to the College have been paid.
Financial Aid: If your anticipated financial aid
award is enough to cover your entire tuition, your classes
will be held until it arrives. View your anticipated aid on
NovaConnect under Learner Services > Finances > Account
Summary or > Make A Payment. If your award is not enough
to cover your entire balance by the deadline, you risk losing
classes unless you:
Pay the balance by the deadline, or
Enroll in the FACTS tuition payment plan, or
Apply for a student loan to cover the additional costs.
Step 7 Activate Your Free Student E-mail
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 calling telephone registration
(Step 6). 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 print a copy of your registration
schedule every time you make changes to your schedule.
Step 9 Get Your NOVACARD Student Identification Card
You can obtain your NOVACARD a minimum of 24 hours after you register
for classes.* Your first NOVACARD is free. It serves as your
library card and also can be used for copying and printing on
campus. For more information on the NOVACARD, go to www.nvcc.edu/novacard.
Step 10 Buy a Parking Permit
Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots except
at parking meters and hourly pay lots. Student permits are valid
only in “B” lots. Beginning July 12, you may purchase
a fall 2005 permit 24 hours after you register for classes by
logging onto the Parking Services Web page at http://parking.nvcc.edu/ . Beginning August 22 permits are also available at College Parking
Offices. The charge for a parking permit is $45.00 per semester/session.
Parking permits are required for all semesters/sessions of enrollment.
Fall semester enforcement begins at 6 a.m. on September 6. To
enter the Medical Education Campus parking garage, you must have
a NOVACARD ID as well as a parking permit. 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.
*For Extended Hours of Operation during registration, see the
Directory of Services page.