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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 Deadlines

Students who complete their applications by these dates and qualify for financial aid will be awarded the funds prior to the start of classes. Note these important financial aid filing dates:

  • Fall Semester: March 1 (New and Returning Students)
  • Spring Semester: October 1 (New Students)
  • Summer Semester: April 1
  • Loan Request Deadline: April 15

Application Forms

All forms related to application to Northern Virginia Community College are located in the Student Forms Library.

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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.  

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