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Students 25 & Older

Welcome to NOVA! Whatever your educational goals, we can help you achieve them. There are a few steps you will need to take to be ready for your first day of class. Familiarize yourself with this page and complete each step. If you need help at any time, please contact virtual advising.

Follow This Step-by-Step Checklist to Get Started:

Apply for Admission

Submit an application for admission: Online | Download Application

If you believe you qualify for in-state tuition rates, complete the in-state tuition section of the application form before enrolling and paying tuition.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible or at least six weeks prior to the tuition payment deadline. Use the online tutorial to help you complete the form.

Take Placement Tests

Most new students should take the English and math placement tests.

  • Tests are given at each campus testing center.
  • Photo ID and Student ID number (issued upon completion of the application or found on your NOVACard) are required.

Allow approximately two hours for each test.

Contact a Virtual Advisor or Counselor in Student Services at Your Campus
To best support your successful transition and integration into college life, you are invited to attend a New Student Orientation for Adult Learners. Register now!

NOVA’s virtual advising can help you at any step in your goals.  Please contact us if with any questions! Visit Virtual Advising for more information.

The counselors at NOVA’s Student Services Centers can help you with scheduling, admissions, academic advising, tutoring, transcript requests, transfer information, internships and career services.

Register for Classes
  • Enroll online with NOVAConnect. First-time students are encouraged to enroll in SDV 100 or another student development course during their first semester.
  • Learn more about registration.
Be sure to check the online catalog and become familiar with college policies and degree requirements. Printed catalogs are available at Student Services Centers on NOVA campuses.
Pay Your Tuition

Pay online by credit card through NOVAConnect. When you enroll for classes, you must pay by the payment deadline.  Unpaid classes may be dropped from your schedule.

Buy Your Books
Print your schedule of classes and take it to your campus bookstore, or buy your books online.
Activate Your Email Account
  • 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.