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Northern Virginia Community College has courses and programs to help you achieve your academic goals. NOVA has an open door admission policy. Any person 18 years of age or older who holds a high school diploma or equivalent can take advantage of our academic opportunities.

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Financial Aid Priority Dates

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available at https://studentaid.gov/ on October 1 almost a year before the following academic year begins. Students who submit their FAFSA and any requested items by the following dates should be awarded any funds they qualify for prior to the start of classes. You are encouraged to apply early!
  • Fall Semester: March 1 (prior to the beginning of Fall term)
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (prior to the beginning of Spring term)
  • Summer Semester: April 1 (prior to the beginning of Summer term)

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office.

Application Forms

Please sign into your MyNOVA account to access all online forms. Learn more about the MyNOVA portal.

Email Account 

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  • To protect your privacy, instructors may only use a student's official NOVA email address.
  • You will receive updates on course changes and other pertinent information through your NOVA email account.

Important Notice: Students cannot activate their VCCS student email until they have enrolled for classes. All fees must be paid before students can access their email.