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Returning Students

Students who have previously attended NOVA and wish to return must submit an application for admission and follow the Step-by-Step Checklist to Get Started.

Instructions for returning NOVA students who have been away from school for more than three years. Do you have credits to transfer to NOVA? Visit Transfer Students.

Apply for Admission

Submit an application for admission: Online | Download Application

  • View Admissions Information.
  • If you believe you qualify for in-state tuition rates, complete the in-state tuition section of the application form prior to enrollment and payment of tuition.
Apply for Financial Aid

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.

Activate Your Email Account

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.
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 (found on your NOVACard) are required.
  • Allow approximately two hours for each test.
See a Counselor

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.

  • Walk-in advising is available at any Student Services Center.
  • Students with disabilities can meet with a counselor for disability services
  • Confirm your major.
  • Bring an unofficial transcript from every college you have attended.
  • Determine which classes transfer to NOVA.
  • Verify whether you need to take placement tests.
  • Choose your classes.
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.

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.

Check Your Enrollment 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.
Buy Your Books
Print your schedule of classes and take it to your campus bookstore or buy your books online.

Get Your NOVACard Student Identification

Remember to get your free NOVACard 24 hours after you enroll for classes. It also serves as your library card and can be used for copying and on campus and a variety of discounts.