Registration for Returning Students
Thank you for choosing to continue your academic studies with NOVA. If it has been more than three years since your last class at NOVA, you are a returning student. Please follow the steps below.
Step 1: Apply for Admission Online
If it has been more than three years since your last class at NOVA, you must submit an Application for Admission. Apply online or print out an application form and drop it off at any of our six Student Services Center locations. Online applications can be processed within 24 to 48 hours. If you apply in person or by mail it may take longer. Once your application is processed, you can register for classes.
Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
If you plan to apply for student financial aid, visit Financial Aid.
Step 3: Active Your E-mail Account
You must establish a NOVA e-mail account and check it frequently. Our faculty and staff will only contact you via your NOVA e-mail account about class assignments, course announcements, and updates on your financial aid status. View instructions on setting up your account.
Step 4: Take Placement Tests
NOVA does not require SAT scores or similar entrance examinations for admission. However, you may need to demonstrate the required levels of reading, writing, or math for the courses you wish to take. Test results will show whether you need developmental courses to prepare you academically for college-level work. Find out if you need to take placement tests and discover resources to help you prepare. Placement tests are offered at all campus Testing Centers at no charge.
Step 5: See a Counselor
You are encouraged to speak with a counselor before enrolling for classes. A counselor can help you select a major, identify the classes you need to take, get financial aid, evaluate potential careers, and more. Walk-in advising is available at any Student Services Center. Students with disabilities can meet with a counselor for disability services.
Step 6: Register for Classes
May 2: Registration for Fall begins for all students. To register for classes, use NOVAConnect. If you have not completed a Student Development (SDV) course, you are encouraged to do so before enrolling in your 16th semester hour at the College.
Step 7: Pay Your Tuition
You will NOT be billed for tuition. If you enroll in classes by July 24, payment for all classes is due July 25 by 5:00 p.m. Beginning July 25, the payment deadline for any classes in which you enroll is 5:00 p.m. the next business day. Business days are Monday through Friday. Your enrollment in unpaid classes is not guaranteed. After the deadline, you will be financially responsible for any classes you have not dropped. Check your enrollment information online. Learn more about paying your tuition and fees.
Regardless of your attendance, you are financially responsible for all classes for which you register unless you drop the class by the deadline. If you decide not to take a class, you must drop it through NOVAConnect or visit a campus Student Services Center to drop it officially by the stated deadline; otherwise, you will be charged for that class and may receive a failing grade.
To pay your tuition in installments, enroll in NOVA’s Tuition Payment Plan before your due date, or by 5:00 p.m. the day after you register.
Step 8: Print Your Schedule
You can print a copy of your enrollment schedule at NOVAConnect to check your schedule for errors, verify that you have enrolled in the courses that you want, and confirm that all tuition and fees have been paid. Print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time you make changes.
Step 9: Buy Your Books
Take a printout of your class schedule to the bookstore on the campus where the course is taught (books for ELI courses are available at Alexandria), or buy your books online. You can also rent textbooks for less than half the cost of purchasing a new textbook, either in the bookstore or from the store’s website. If you have received a financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees, and books, visit Financial Aid.
Step 10: Buy Your Parking Permit
NOVA has new parking options! Semester hangtags (no more stickers!) are now required for parking. Learn about hangtags, discounted hourly and daily choices, and a new mobile payment application by visiting Parking or calling 703-323-3123. Students park for free, without a permit, after 4:00 p.m. on weekdays and any time on weekends.
Step 11: Get Your Student ID (NOVACard)
Your first NOVACard is free and is valid for two years. For more information, visit NOVACard.