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 on your record.
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 (

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 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 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

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

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 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

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 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 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 Account
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

Step 8 Check Your Registration Schedule
You can print a copy of your enrollment schedule using the NovaConnect Web site at You also can check your classes and payment status by calling telephone enrollment (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

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 . 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 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 Purchase books from the campus bookstore where the course is taught.



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This page was last updated on October 25, 2005 1:21 PM