Admissions & Aid

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Achieve Your Dreams at NOVA

Reach your goals and achieve your dreams at NOVA by earning your degree, advancing your career or learning something new. NOVA courses are offered in a variety of ways to suit your schedule and learning style—in the classroom, online or through a combination of methods. Whatever your preference, we hope you find what you need.

Campus in the spring

Spring 2024 Classes

  • 15-week and 1st 7-week classes begin January 16
  • 13-week classes begin January 30
  • 2nd 7-week classes begin March 19
Campus in the fall

Summer 2024 Classes

  • Open registration for all students begins February 12.
  • 12-week and first 6-week classes begin May 20.
  • 10-week classes begin June 3.
  • Second 6-week classes begin June 17.
  • Third 6-week classes begin July 2.

Get Started

Our campuses and centers offer convenience, while our associate degree and certificate programs, distance learning courses and intensive English language programs offer a strong educational foundation.

NOVA has an open-door admission policy. Any person 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent can take advantage of our academic opportunities.

Visit NOVA

Embarking on a journey to Northern Virginia Community College is an immersive experience that goes beyond the ordinary college visit. 

Apply to NOVA

NOVA has an open-door admission policy. Any person 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply.

Tuition & Costs

NOVA offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any college or university in the Washington, D.C. area.

Financial Aid

Paying for college may seem like an overwhelming task, but at NOVA, we're here to help you.

How to Transfer

Find out how you can transfer credits in th NOVA or prepare for a transfer out to another college or university.

Dual Enrollment

With NOVA's Dual Enrollment (DE) program, you don't have to wait until you graduate from high school to attend college.

Register for Classes

NOVA makes it easy for you to register for credit programs or Workforce and Continuing Education classes.

Credit for Prior Learning

NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the integrity of our academic programs. Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways.