Definitions of Important Terms:
Application – The
form (NVCC 125-30) you fill out in order to be accepted into
Admission – The process of being accepted
into the College.
Continuing students – Student who has
attended NVCC during any of the preceding nine terms (three
years). After three years absence you are considered a “Returning
Student” and will need to re-apply online (preferred),
in person, or by mail.
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 NVCC.
Drop – To delete a course from your
enrollment during the refund period. The course will not appear
on your record.
Reapply – To submit a new application
if you have not attended during the last nine terms (three
Transient Student – A student who is
admitted to or attending another college, but wants to take
one or more courses at NVCC, usually for transfer purposes
or to satisfy prerequisites for their own college.
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. Failure to withdraw
properly can result in a grade of “F” or “U”
if you simply stop attending.
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 Enroll 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/.
**IMPORTANT: Be sure to click the “class
note” symbol at the end of the line in each course listing
in NovaConnect to find out all the important
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 April 30, 2006, payment for all
classes is due May 1 by 5:00PM. In most cases, classes not paid
for may be dropped after that date. Beginning May 1, the tuition
for any classes you enroll in must be paid before the end of
the next business day, or those classes may be dropped!
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 also may be mailed to any campus
Business Office but must be received by 5:00PM the day of your
payment deadline. Business Offices also accept contract authorizations.
For wire transfer of funds from a bank, contact a campus Business
Manager or the Cashier for instructions.
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.
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. Refunds for
other services (i.e., parking) must be requested from the office
providing the service.
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
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 Check Your Enrollment 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 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 8 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 taught.
24 HOURS AFTER YOU ENROLL:
Step 9 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 summer 2006 permit
with your credit card 24 hours after you enroll for classes by logging
onto the Parking Services Web page at http://parking.nvcc.edu/.
Permits are also available by cash or check at College Parking Offices.
Beginning the first day of classes, credit cards will also be accepted
at the College Parking Office. The charge for a parking permit is
$45.00 per semester/session. Parking permits are required for all
semesters/sessions of enrollment. Summer session enforcement begins
at 6 a.m. on May 30, 2006. 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 for those who do not have a current permit and ID card.
Step 10 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. The
NOVACARD is also required for valid permit holders who wish to use
the Annandale or Medical Education garages. For more information
on the NOVACARD, go to www.nvcc.edu/novacard.
Step 11 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 http://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/studentmail.html.