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 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 page 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 form, prior to registration and payment of tuition. You can apply online at 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

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

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 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

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 dropped!

  • 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 Account
You will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through your e-mail account. For access instructions go to

Step 8 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 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

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 . 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 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.


Northern Virginia Community College 2005
This page was last updated on June 17, 2005 1:11 PM