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Census Dates

Census Dates

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 your educational costs, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester, rather than taking a seat that might have gone to another student. The census date marks the last day to make that change.

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in an online learning class by the census date (last day to drop with a tuition refund), your class registration will be administratively deleted.

Administrative deletion 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 2016 Census Dates

  • First 8-week session: August 30
  • 16-week session: September 8
  • 14-week session: September 21
  • 12-week session: October 3
  • 10-week session: October 17
  • Second 8-week session: October 28

ELI/Online Census Dates

ELI/Online Learning Dates Start Date Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
16 weeks August 22 September 8
First 8-weeks August 22 August 30
First 12-weeks August 22 September 3
Second 8-weeks September 12 September 20
Second 12-weeks September 12 September 24
Third 8-weeks September 26 October 4
Third 12-weeks September 26 October 8
Fourth 8-weeks October 17 October 25

For variable duration (dynamic) classes, the census date is individually set. For these variable duration classes, in the Student Information System, click on the class. The date for Drop Without Penalty is the last date to drop with a refund.