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Tuition, Payment and Refund Information

Summer 2011 Tuition & Fees

Because NOVA is a public community college with financial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the College offers its students an exceptional educational value. In fact, NOVA offers the lowest tuition of any college or university in the Washington, D.C. area.

The total cost of enrollment at NOVA is based upon a tuition and fee charge per credit hour. Tuition is the same for credit and audit courses.

Tuition for Summer 2011 Virginia Resident Students Military Contract Students** Business Contract Students** Out-of-State Students
Tuition $117.35 $117.35 $167.35 $296.60
Technology Fee $6.50 $6.50 $6.50 $6.50
Facilities Fee 0 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
Student Activities Fee $1.10 $1.10 $1.10 $1.10
Per Credit $122.95 $137.95 $189.95 $319.20

** Business and Military Contract Students this rate applies to out-of-state students whose Virginia employer or federal agency in Virginia has entered into a contractual relationship with Northern Virginia Community College.

Payment Deadlines

The College does not send bills for tuition—you are responsible for paying your tuition on time.

As a NOVA student, you are responsible for ensuring that your tuition and fees are paid on time. Your registration is not considered complete until payment is received. If you register for a class and decide to drop it, you must officially cancel your registration by the last day for tuition refunds (see page 4 for deadline date). Otherwise, you will be charged in full for that course and will not receive a refund.

If you enroll: You must pay
March 29 through April 28 By 5:00 p.m. April 29, or your classes may be dropped
April 29 or later By 5:00 p.m. the next business day after you enroll, or your classes may be dropped

How to Pay

You can pay in person, by mail, or by using NOVAConnect to pay by phone or online. If you find it difficult to pay your tuition and fees in one payment, you may want to consider registering for NOVA’s Deferred Tuition Payment Plan (See details below.)

Helpful References

Payment Options


Payments by cash must be made in person at a campus Business Office. For your security, do not mail cash.

Credit Cards

NOVA accepts payment by credit card using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Credit cards are not accepted at campus Business Offices.

You can complete all your business transactions with the College by using NOVAConnect. To pay online, click the “Make a Payment” button on the Web page and follow the instructions. The system may take a few minutes to process your payment, so don’t click the payment authorization more than once. Be sure to print out a copy of your confirmation number for future reference. The telephone NOVAConnect system is also available for credit card payments by calling 703–323–3770 or, for Prince William County, calling 703–330–3770. 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 such as parking must be requested from the office providing the service.

Check or Money Order

Payment can be made in person or mailed to any campus Business Office, payable to NVCC or NOVA, but must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of your payment deadline. Be sure to include your student name, student ID number (NOVAConnect ID), and the telephone number of the account holder.

Wire Transfer of Funds

NOVA can receive wire transfer of funds from an originator’s bank. If you are interested in paying by this method, contact a campus Cashier or Business Manager to receive detailed instructions for how to transfer funds in this manner.

Pay in Installments

Using NOVA’s Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, you can arrange for payments to be deducted from your bank account or charged to your credit card. The down payment will be deducted within 24 hours, followed by the service charge a few days later. The remaining payments will be made automatically according to the payment schedule. For more information or to enroll online, go to www.nvcc.edu/current-students/paying-for-college/payment-methods/index.html#installments.

Financial Aid

To pay with approved (anticipated) financial aid, you must have received an official Financial Aid Notification Letter from NOVA’s College Financial Aid Office. Loans cannot be used to cover your bill until a promissory note and loan entrance counseling are completed. Work-study awards can never be used to cover your bill. You can view your awards online via NOVAConnect.

NOTE: If your award does not fully cover your tuition/fees, please complete payments using the Deferred Tuition Payment Plan, NOVAConnect, or in person at a campus Business Office. You may apply for a student loan to cover additional tuition costs.

Third-Party Sponsor or Company Check

If your company or organization is paying for your tuition and fees, payment can be made by the following methods:

  • A company check for the amount due, payable to Northern Virginia Community College.
  • Contract Payment – You must submit your employer’s written authorization to be billed for your classes to a NOVA campus Business Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the date of your payment deadline. If your contract was mailed or faxed by the authorizing agency, you must notify the office at the time you enroll to ensure the contract is applied to your financial account.

NOTE: By using an agency or employer contract/ authorization, you agree to accept responsibility for the full amount of tuition if the agency or employer does not pay within 30 days after invoice.

Tuition Refunds

Tuition refunds are not automatic except for those courses cancelled by the College. You may drop courses using NOVAConnect Web or NOVAConnect Telephone, or in person at a campus Student Services Center before the drop deadline. After that date, you will not be eligible for a tuition refund.

  • The last date that you may drop a course and receive a refund (census date) is indicated in the “Important Dates” shown on page 4 and on the College Calendar at www.nvcc.edu/calendars/.
  • ELI refund dates are included in the course information sent to you by ELI.
  • To find the census date for a dynamic course, go to www.nvcc.edu/schedule/crs2113/, perform a search for the course, and then click on the class number of the section. The census date will be listed at the bottom of the course information.
  • If the College cancels a course or you drop a full 12-week Summer semester course by the May 27 Census Date (or within the first 15% of a shorter term
    course), you are eligible for a refund and the course will be deleted from your record. No refunds will be made after the specified dates.
  • Refunds to your credit card are only available for payments made on NOVAConnect Web if a class is dropped or cancelled. Credit card refunds cannot be
    processed at the campus Business Offices.
  • All refunds for payments not made on the Web are processed by the Virginia State Treasurer’s Office after the published add/drop period and should be received by mail within a few weeks of that date.
  • Refund checks, except those requested by students who presented employer contracts, will be made payable to the student.
  • Refunds for College services other than tuition payments (such as parking permits) are handled separately from tuition refunds. Such refund requests
    must be made following regulations related to the particular service and directly to the office/department that provided the service. They are not included in
    tuition refunds.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients: If you receive federal student aid (Title IV) and you withdraw from all your classes within 60% of the enrollment period, you are
subject to having a portion of your financial aid returned to the program(s) from which aid was received. In most cases, you will owe money to the College and could
owe additional money back to the federal program(s). Complete details of this policy are available on the Web site, in the financial aid booklet, and from the College
Financial Aid Office or Student Services Center Financial Aid Representative.