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A New Student’s Guide to Getting Started at NOVA
NOTE: See important additional information for “Special Populations” including:
- High School and Home Schooled Students
- Members of the U.S. Military
- Military Dependents (Spouse and Children)
- Prospective F-1 Students
- Senior Citizens
- Students with Disabilities
- Visiting College Students
- Washington, D.C. Residents
NOVA has an open door admission policy. This means
that any high school graduate or person 18 years of age
or older with the ability to benefit can take advantage of
the many academic opportunities we offer. In addition,
some high school and home schooled students under
age 18 can earn college credit through NOVA with
appropriate approvals. See page 9 for details.
STEP 1 Apply for Admission
If you are attending NOVA for the first time, or if it has
been three years or more since your last class at the
College, you must submit an Application for Admission.
Apply online at www.nvcc.edu – just click on the box that says “Apply Online.” You can also print out an application form online or pick one up at any of our
six campus locations.
If you apply online, your application typically will be
processed within 24 to 48 hours. If you apply in person
or by mail it may take longer. Once your application is
processed, you are automatically admitted to NOVA and can begin registering for classes.
Some majors may have additional requirements
beyond the general application for admission, and
some courses may be open only to students majoring
Allied Health | Nursing | Veterinary Technology
If you plan to apply to NOVA’s Allied Health, Nursing,
or Veterinary Technology programs, you must meet
the special admission requirements outlined in the
STEP 2 Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
To apply for student financial aid (including grants, loans, and work-study), complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You must include the College’s School Code: 003727 on the FAFSA. See the Financial Aid section on page 15 for more information.
Submit all documents no later than October 1 to ensure
that aid will be awarded in sufficient time to pay your
tuition. After October 1, awards will continue to be
made retroactively and funds will be disbursed after the add/drop period to the student’s mailing address. Late applicants for financial aid should make other
arrangements to pay for tuition and fees by the deadline to ensure that classes are not dropped.
You can pay your tuition in installments by enrolling in the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan before your tuition due date. For more information, see page 16. To enroll online, go to www.nvcc.edu/tuitionandfees/index.htm#methods.
STEP 3 Consult Your NOVA Catalog
The NOVA Catalog describes the College’s degree and certificate programs, provides detailed course descriptions, and outlines official college policies. You can pick up a free copy at any campus Student Services Center, or access the Catalog online at www.nvcc.edu/curcatalog.
STEP 4 Take Placement Tests
NOVA has an open admissions policy, so SAT scores and other entrance examinations are not required to attend the College. However, you may need to demonstrate the required levels of reading, writing, or math for the courses you wish to take. Depending on the results, you may be asked to enroll in remedial courses to ensure you are academically prepared for college-level work.
Students who scored 550 or better on the Critical
Reading portion of the SAT exam within the last three
years are eligible to register for ENG 111 without further
testing. Students who already have a degree from an accredited U.S. college or university do not have to take the English placement test; however, they may still need
to take the math placement test if they wish to take a math course.
Placement tests are free and offered at the Testing
Center at each campus. See page 5 for locations and
phone numbers. You will need to bring a photo ID
card and your NOVAConnect Student ID number. Allow approximately two hours for each test.
For details, consult your NOVA Catalog or go to www.nvcc.edu/future-students/placement-tests/ or contact the Counseling Office on the campus you’ll be attending.
STEP 5 Attend New Student Orientation (especially for recent high school grads)
Your next step after applying as a new student is to
attend a New Student Orientation (NSO). See www.nvcc.edu/current-students/services-to-students/orientation/
index.html. At NSO you will be advised, register for classes, and obtain other important information such as available student resources, your Student ID and
Or Contact Counseling Services To make sure you’re taking the right classes, we strongly
encourage you to contact the Counseling Services Office
at your preferred campus early, either by appointment
or walk-in advising. Students with disabilities can meet
with the counselor for disability services; financial aid
and veterans’ advisors are also available. See the Directory of Services on page 5 for phone numbers.
STEP 6 Enroll in Classes
To enroll in classes, use NOVAConnect on the Web
at www.nvcc.edu/NOVAConnect/ or the NOVAConnect
telephone enrollment system at 703–323–3770 or,
for Prince William County, call 703–330–3770. Mailed or faxed schedule planning worksheets cannot be processed.
STEP 7 Pay Your Tuition
Turn to page 13 for a step-by-step guide to paying your tuition and fees.
If you enrolled in the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, see the Web site for the payment schedule at www.nvcc.edu/tuitionandfees/facts2102.htm. If you enroll in classes between November 16 and December 17, payment for all classes is due December 18 by 5:00 p.m. In most cases, unpaid classes will be dropped after that date. Beginning December 18, the tuition for any classes in which you enroll is due before the end of the next business day, or those classes may be dropped!
Please note that you are financially responsible for all classes for which you register. If you decide not to take a class, you must drop it through NOVAConnect or visit a campus Student Services Center to withdraw officially. If you fail to do so, you will be charged for that class and may receive a failing grade.
If your anticipated financial aid award is
enough to cover your entire tuition, your classes will be
held until it disburses. You can view your anticipated aid
on NOVAConnect under Self Service > Campus Finances > Account Inquiry 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 Deferred Tuition Payment Plan prior to the tuition due date, or
- apply for a student loan to cover the additional costs, if you are eligible.
STEP 8 Print Out Your Enrollment Schedule
You can print a copy of your schedule using the
NOVAConnect Web site at www.nvcc.edu/NOVAConnect/ or by calling telephone enrollment (see Step 6). Be sure
to check for errors and verify that you have enrolled
in the courses that you want and that all tuition and
fees have been paid. If there are any errors, contact a
campus Student Services Center immediately.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time you make changes.
STEP 9 Buy Your Books
Take a printout of your class schedule to the campus bookstore where the course is taught (ELI available at Alexandria), or buy your books online at http://nvcc.bncollege.com/.
If you have received a financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees, and books, you may use it to purchase books online from campus bookstores beginning December 28, or make in-store purchases from January 4–28. Remember that loans cannot be used until the promissory note and counseling have been completed; work-study awards cannot be used for books.
STEP 10 Buy Your Parking Permit (not required at ARL, RES, or off-campus locations)
Beginning November 16, permits can be purchased
online at http://parking.nvcc.edu. Your permit will be
mailed to you, but you can print a temporary seven-day
pass from the Web site to use immediately. Parking Offices will begin issuing spring permits on the first day of classes for the spring semester. Check the Parking
page 8 | Spring 2010 | Schedule of Classes Web site for the per semster charge. Current permits are required for all vehicles parked in all campus lots (except at parking meters and hourly pay lots) during each semester/session of enrollment. Student permits are valid only in “B” lots.
Parking enforcement in “B” lots will resume for the Spring semester at 6 a.m. on January 29. To use the parking garages at the Annandale and Medical Education campuses without any additional charge, you must have a NOVACard ID as well as a valid parking permit. Hourly pay parking is also available if you do not have a current permit or ID. More information can be found in the brochure on the Parking Web site. Save time. Don’t stand in line. Go to http://parking.nvcc.edu.
STEP 11 Get Your Student Identification Card (NOVACard)
Your first NOVACard is free. It serves as your library card and, with the addition of cash at a NOVACard machine, it can be used for copying, printing, and purchases at designated café and vending locations on campus. The NOVACard is also required for valid parking permit holders who wish to use the Annandale or Medical Education Campus garages. For more information, go to www.nvcc.edu/NOVACard.
STEP 12 Activate Your Free Student E-mail Account
You are required to set up a NOVA email account. Our faculty may ONLY use your official NOVA e-mail address to contact you about class assignments, course updates, and time-sensitive notices. You will also be asked to return your work by e-mail. You can forward your e-mails to another account if you choose. For instructions on using your account, go to www.nvcc.edu/ithd/student/email/ google.htm.