Definitions of Important Terms:
Application – The form (NVCC 125-30) you fill out in
order to be accepted into the College.
Admission – The process of being accepted into the College.
Curriculum – Degree or certificate program of study,
such as Nursing or Business Administration.
Enrollment or Registration – The process of selecting,
signing up and paying for courses at NOVA.
Drop – To delete a course from your
enrollment during the refund period. The course will not appear
Withdraw – To delete a course from your enrollment after
the refund period is over. The course stays on your
record with a grade of W.
Getting Started at NVCC (http://www.nvcc.edu/stuservices/gettingst.htm)
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
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 the Financial Aid section of this Schedule for more information.
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 enrollment 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 enroll for classes.
If you wish to pay in installments, you must enroll in the
FACTS program prior to your tuition due date. 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 new student who turns in an application
will be given a free copy of the catalog. Students who apply
will receive a letter of acceptance or, in the case of non-U.S.
citizens or applicants whose native language is not English,
a letter confirming receipt of the student's application and
instructions on what to do next. Applicants may bring this letter
to any campus Student Services Center or to the Extended Learning
Institute and 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 enrolling 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 enroll for classes, use NovaConnect on
the Web at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/ or
the NovaConnect telephone enrollment system at 703-323-3770 or
703-330-3770 (Prince William County). See the NovaConnect
Telephone Enrollment Helpful Hints section of this Schedule.
Mailed or faxed schedule planning worksheets will not
be processed. First-time
students should enroll in 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 the FACTS Web site for payment schedule.
If you enroll for classes by December 18, 2005, payment
for all classes is due December 19by 5:00PM. In most cases, classes
not paid for will be dropped after that date. Beginning December
19, 2005, the tuition for any classes you enroll in must be paid
before the end of the next business day, or those classes will
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 December
19, 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 NOVA e-mail account. For instructions
on using your account go to http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/studentmail.html.
Step 8 Check Your Registration Schedule
You can print a copy of your enrollment schedule using the NovaConnect
Web site at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/.
You also can check your classes and payment status by calling
(Step 6). It is your responsibility to check for errors. Please
verify that you have enrolled for the courses that you intended
to select. It is important to print a copy of your enrollment
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 enroll
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. You may purchase a spring 2006
permit 24 hours after you enroll for classes by logging onto
the Parking Services Web page at http://parking.nvcc.edu/ .
Beginning January 3 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.
Spring semester enforcement begins at 6 a.m. onJanuary 23. To
use the parking garages at the Annandale and Medical Education
Campuses, you must have a NOVACARD ID as well as a parking permit.
Hourly pay parking is also available in the garages. See the
Parking Services web site for more information on parking procedures
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.
Purchase books from the campus bookstore where the course is