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Tuition, Payment and Refund Information

Summer 2013 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.

Enrollment costs at NOVA are based on a tuition and fee charge per credit hour, and are the same for credit and audit courses.

Tuition for Summer 2013 Virginia Resident Students Military Contract Students** Business Contract Students** Out-of-State Students
Tuition $135.65 $135.65 $195.65 $314.90
Technology Fee $7.50 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50
Facilities Fee 0 $15.50 $15.50 $15.50
Student Activities Fee $2.10 $2.10 $2.10 $2.10
Per Credit $145.25 $160.75 $220.75 $340.00

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

Click here for information about tuition payment deadlines, methods and NOVA’s tuition payment plan.

Financial Aid

To pay with approved (or anticipated) financial aid, you must have received an official Financial Aid Notification Letter from NOVA’s College Financial Aid Office. Notifications are sent through your NOVA email account. 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 NOVA's Payment Plan, NOVAConnect, or in person at a campus Business Office.

Tuition Refunds

Tuition refunds are not automatic except for those courses cancelled by the College. You may drop courses using NOVAConnect Web 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.
  • ELI refund dates are included in the course information sent to you by ELI.
  • To find the census date for a dynamic course, go here, 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 term course by the June 3 Census Date (or within the first 15 percent 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.
  • Classes dropped after the Census Date may qualify for refunds under mitigating circumstances. Contact your campus Business Office for more information, or refer to the Tuition Refunds section of the Student Handbook.
  • Refunds to your credit card are only available for payments made on NOVAConnect 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 percent 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 Financial Aid website, in the financial aid booklet, and from the College Financial Aid Office or Student Services Center Financial Aid Representative.