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New Students

High School and Home Schooled Students

If you are a junior or senior in high school or attend school at home, you may be eligible to take credit classes at NOVA. Current high school students can get more information and links to forms you’ll need to submit here.

Some area high schools offer NOVA classes on-site. You’ll be able to earn college credit as you complete high school! Ask your high school counselor or visit the dual enrollment website for information about dual enrollment classes. (Students who have not yet completed high school are not eligible for financial aid.)

Military and Military Dependents

NOVA offers on-site credit classes for active duty regular and reserve service members and their dependents at Fort Myer Army Post, Fort Belvoir, and the Lifelong Learning Center at Quantico Marine Base. Many of the classes are compressed to meet the demanding schedules of service members. Get admission information for military members and dependents here.

F-1 Students

NOVA is one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with students representing more than 180 countries enrolled in our programs. F-1 students must enroll in a specified number of credit hours each term to maintain F-1 status. There are international student advisors on each campus who can help you learn what you need to know. For complete details on how to apply and request an I-20, visit the international student website or contact the Office of International Student Services at oiss@nvcc.edu or 703–323–3423.

Senior Citizens

The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 and amendments allow senior citizens to take classes at no charge under certain circumstances. If you are 60 years of age or older and have been legally domiciled in Virginia for one year prior to the beginning of the semester in which you enroll, you may qualify to attend credit and many non-credit classes at NOVA without paying tuition.

You may take a credit course for free on a space-available basis if your taxable income did not exceed $15,000 in the previous year. Regardless of income, you may take a credit course for free if you audit (do not receive a grade). You may take a non-credit, Workforce Development course for free if space is available. To enroll in non-credit courses, contact the Workforce Development Office at the campus where the course is being offered. For all courses, you must complete both an application for admission and the Senior Citizen Certification of Eligibility for Free Tuition. Senior citizens may enroll in ELI courses if there is available space. NOTE: To audit an ELI distance learning course, you must have the instructor’s permission.

Please note that unless you pay tuition, you may not register until the first day of classes.

Tuition-paying students are accommodated in courses before senior citizens participating in this program are enrolled. However, if you have completed 75% of your degree requirements, you may enroll at the same time as tuition-paying students.

  • If you apply for free tuition AFTER you register and pay for a class, you are not eligible for a refund for that class.
  • Senior citizens shall still be expected to pay course expenses other than tuition, such as laboratory fees.
  • Audit and non-credit enrollment is limited to three courses in one term.
  • The College reserves the right to cancel any class.

The Lifelong Learning Institutes on NOVA’s Annandale and Manassas campuses also offer non-credit classes, seminars, and trips for seniors. For information, call 703–503–0600 (Annandale) or 703–361–6310 (Manassas).

Students with Disabilities

If you require any special services or accommodations, contact the NOVA counselor for students with disabilities at the campus of your choice at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes. Visit the disability support services website for additional details.

Visiting College Students

Each year, thousands of students from four-year colleges and universities attend NOVA. They come to take a class that isn’t offered at their own institution, accelerate their studies, or make up a difficult class. Visiting college students can get complete details about how to apply and enroll for classes here.

Washington, D.C. Residents

The District of Columbia provides a variety of grant resources to students who are attending NOVA, including the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) and the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) Last Dollar Awards. For qualification criteria and information on how to apply, call the District’s Higher Education Financial Services Office at 877–485–6751 or visit the D.C. One App website.

Achieving the Dream (Atd) is a national initiative focused on helping close the gap in achievement for community college students. With nearly 200 participating colleges across the country, AtD helps college students have a better chance of success and realizing their dreams. Learn more at www.achievingthedream.org