Incoming Transfer Students

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Steps to Get Started

If you are currently enrolled at another college or higher education institution and want to transfer to NOVA, please use the following checklist to start your application.

For Incoming Transfer Students

Submit an application for admission: (Online | Download )

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

  • Learn more about financial assistance.
  • To pay in installments, you must enroll in the FACTS Tuition Payment Plan prior to your tuition due date.

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.

Officially transfer your prior coursework to NOVA. The College will determine which courses will count in your program of study. You should do this as soon as possible to avoid taking unnecessary courses.

  • Request an official transcript from every college or university you have attended.
  • Request official test scores to be sent to us directly (AP, IB, CLEP).
  • Official transcript(s) may be sent electronically by one of the following resources:
    • National Student Clearinghouse, Naviance, Parchment or directly from the institution to
    • Paper transcripts can be mailed to Northern Virginia Community College, College Records Office  -FX- P3, 3924 Pender Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Complete and submit a Transcript Evaluation Request form for each transcript and test score.

Enroll online with NOVAConnect. First-time students are encouraged to enroll in SDV 100 or another student development course during their first semester.

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.

Print a copy of your enrollment schedule from NOVAConnect or call 703.323.3770 or 703.330.3770 (Prince William County) to check your classes and payment status.

  • Verify that you are enrolled in the correct courses.
  • Print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time you make a change.

Activate your free 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.

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.