Information for Special Populations
- High School and Home Schooled Students
- Military and Military Dependents
- International Students
- Senior Citizens
- Visiting College Students
- Incoming Transfer Students
- Students with Disabilities
- Washington, D.C. Residents
High School and Home Schooled Students
High school juniors and seniors (or the home school equivalent) may be eligible to take NOVA credit classes through dual enrollment. Get step-by-step information and links to forms you’ll need to submit.
In addition to courses offered on campus, NOVA classes are held at several local high schools. Ask your high school counselor or visit Dual Enrollment for available course options.
All dual enrollment students must meet admission, placement, and course prerequisite requirements. Details are provided on the dual enrollment website.
Military Members and their 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, the Pentagon, and the Lifelong Learning Centers at Henderson Hall and Quantico Marine Base. Many of the classes are compressed to meet the demanding schedules. See Military Services for admission information.
NOVA is one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the U.S., with enrolled students representing more than 180 countries. International students must enroll in a specified number of credit hours each term to maintain F-1/M-1 status. International student advisors on each campus can help you learn what you need to know. For details on how to apply and request an I-20, visit the international student website or contact the Office of International Student Services at email@example.com or 703-323-3423.
The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 allows senior citizens to take classes at no charge on a space available basis. If you are 60 or older and have been legally domiciled in Virginia for one year prior to enrollment, you may qualify to attend 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 also take a non-credit, Workforce Development course for free regardless of income. 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 Enrollment Tuition Waiver (Form 105-088). Senior citizens may enroll in ELI courses if there is available space. To audit an ELI online learning course, you must have the instructor’s permission.
Please note that you may not register until the classes begin. Registration for all classes closes at 11:59 p.m. on the day before the session begins. Tuition-paying students are accommodated in courses before participating senior citizens are enrolled. However, if you have completed 75 percent 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.
Visiting College Students
Each year, thousands of students from four-year colleges and universities attend NOVA 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.
Incoming Transfer Students
NOVA’s talented faculty and low cost make it a great place to continue or take that first step toward a bachelor’s or advanced degree. We offer associate degrees to students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. For more information on transferring, visit Transferring and Guaranteed Admissions.
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 Disability Services for additional details.
Washington, D.C. Residents
The District of Columbia provides resources to NOVA students, including the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) and the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) Last Dollar Awards. For more information, call the District’s Higher Education Financial Services Office at 877–485–6751 or visit the D.C. One App website.