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Fall 2020 - Academic Calendar

Important Dates
Academic Advising Week for Fall 2020 July 20-24
Tuition payment deadline if you register by August 2. If you register August 3 or after, you must pay your tuition before 5:00 p.m. the next business day. August 3
Buy books and supplies at the Bookstore with excess financial aid August 10 - September 10
Labor Day Holiday observed for students, faculty and staff. College offices closed. September 7
Financial aid adjustments begin.  Classes added on or after this date for the current term will not increase your eligibility for financial aid grants.  Aid may be reduced for students enrolled in less than 12 eligible credits.  Information on financial aid awards, disbursements and refunds is available here September 11
Parking enforcement on Student B Lots begins at 6:00 a.m. Students are not required to display a permit while parked in a B lot after 3:45 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
September 11
Last day to apply for Fall graduation.* October 1
Second period to use excess (undisbursed) financial aid at the Bookstore October 6-28
Non-instructional day/no classes. College open. October 12-13
Election day/no classes. College offices closed. November 3
Non-instructional day/no classes. College offices close at noon. Thanksgiving Holiday. November 25
Non-instructional day/no classes. College offices closed. Thanksgiving Holiday. November 26-29
Final Exam Schedule December 8-14
15-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists August 11
Classes begin August 24
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. August 24 - 30
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 10
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** October 30
Examinations end December 14
First 8-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists August 11
Classes begin August 24
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. August 24 - 26
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 1
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** September 27
Examinations end October 19
First 5-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists August 11
Classes begin August 24
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. August 24 - 25
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** August 29
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** September 14 
Examinations end September 28
13-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists August 22
Classes begin September 8
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. September 8 - 13
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** September 22
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** November 5
Examinations end December 14
Second 8-Week Session
Last day add name to wait lists October 7
Classes begin October 20
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. October 20 - 22
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** October 28
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** November 22
Examinations end December 14
Second 5-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists September 16
Classes begin September 29
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. September 29 - 30
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** October 4
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** October 21
Examinations end November 4
Third 5-Week Session
Last day to join class wait lists October 23
Classes begin November 5
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect. November 5 - 6
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** November 11
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** November 29
Examinations end December 14
NOVA Online/ELI Dates
ELI/Online Learning Dates Start Date Students may Add or Drop Courses through NOVAConnect  Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
15-week August 24 August 24-30 September 10
14-week September 7 September 7-12 September 21
First 4-week August 24 August 24-25 August 28
First 8-week August 24 August 24-26 September 1
First 12-week August 24 August 24-28 September 5
Second 4-week September 21 September 21-22 September 25
Second 8-week September 7 September 7-9 September 15
Second 12-week September 7 September 7-11 September 19
Third 4-week October 19 October 19-20 October 23
Third 8-week September 21 September 21-23 September 29
Third 12-week September 21 September 21-25 October 3
Fourth 4-week November 16 November 16-17 November 20
Fourth 8-week October 20 October 20-22 October 28
10-week October 5 October 5-9 October 15
Plan Ahead
Spring 2021 open registration begins November 9
Spring 2021 classes begin January 11

* Earlier application is highly recommended.

** To find the last day to drop with refund (census date) for a variable duration (dynamic) course, go to the Schedule of Classes, search for the course, and then click on the class number of the section. The last day to “drop with refund” will be listed at the bottom of the course information.

*** Withdrawals after this date require documentation of mitigating circumstances and permission of the instructor and the academic dean. Please check NOVAConnect for start dates and census dates for variable duration (dynamic) sessions.

Please check NOVAConnect for start dates and census dates for variable duration (dynamic) sessions.


All dates subject to change. Check back here for the most up-to-date information.

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