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Census Dates and The Importance of Attending Classes

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to attend the class regularly, either in person or online. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes a significant portion of the cost of your education as a NOVA student, and since you are taking a seat in a class that might have gone to another student, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester.

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in a distance learning class by the Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund (also known as the Census Date*), your class registration will be administratively deleted.

This means:

  • there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on your transcript;
  • the course credits will be deducted from your course load;
  • the reduction of credits may affect your student status (full-time or part-time); and
  • you will not receive a tuition refund.

*Fall 2010 Census Dates are as follows:

  • First 8-week session in-person classes –  August 30
  • 16-week session in-person classes –  September 9
  • Second 8-week session in-person classes  – October 27   

ELI/Distance Learning Census Dates:

  • First 8-week session – August 31
  • First 16-week session September 9
  • First 12-week session -  September 4
  • Second 16-week session – October 1
  • Second 8-week session – October 29
  • Third 16-week session – October 22
  • Fourth 16-week session – November 5

For all other class lengths (dynamic session classes),the Census Date is individually set. To find theCensus Date for dynamic session classes, do the following:

  • Go to: www.nvcc.edu
  • Click on Current Students
  • Under Academics, click on Schedule of Classes
  • Click on the schedule and term from menu
  • Enter Subject Area, Campus/Center, Session (Dynamic)
  • Click Search
  • Click on the 5-digit course ID for details
  • The Census Date for that class (Drop with Refund) is
    printed on the bottom.