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Summer 2021 - Academic Calendar

Important Dates

Description Date
Open registration begins for all students March 29
Academic Advising Week for Summer 2021 March 29 - April 2
Students may use excess financial aid to buy books and supplies through the book store.           May 3 - June 1
Tuition payment deadline if you register by May 2. If you register May 3 or after, your tuition payment is due the next day. NOVA will not drop you for non-payment. May 3
Memorial Day holiday for students, faculty and staff. College offices closed. May 31
Financial aid adjustments begin. Classes added on or after this date for the current term will not increase student 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.       June 1
Last day to apply for Summer graduation. June 1
Juneteenth holiday observed for students, faculty, and staff. College offices closed June 18
Independence Day holiday for students, faculty and staff. College offices closed. July 5

12-Week Session

Description Date
Last day to join class wait lists May 3
Classes begin May 17
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect May 17-21
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** May 29
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** July 6
Class, exams end August 9

First 6-Week Session

Description Date
Last day to join class wait lists May 3
Classes begin May 17
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect May 17-19
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** May 25
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** June 11
Class, exams end June 28

10-Week Session

Description Date
Last day to join class wait lists May 17
Classes begin June 1
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect June 1-5
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** June 11
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** July 13
Class, exams end August 9

Second 6-Week Session

Description Date
Last day to join class wait lists June 1
Classes begin June 14
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect June 14-15
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** June 22
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** July 17
Class, exams end July 26

Third 6-Week Session

Description Date
Last day to join class wait lists June 15
Classes begin June 29
Students may add or drop courses through NOVAConnect June 29-30
Last day to drop with a tuition refund or change to audit (census date)** July 6
Last day to withdraw without grade penalty*** July 23
Class, exams end August 9

NOVA Online/NOL Dates

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)
Twelve-week May 17 May 17-22 May 31
First 10-week May 17 May 17-21 May 27
Second 10-week June 1 June 1-5 June 11
First 8-week May 17 May 17-19 May 25
Second 8-week June 14 June 14-16 June 22
First 6-week May 17 May 17-18 May 25
Second 6-week June 29 June 29-30 July 6
First 4-week session (MTT1 Only) May 17 May 17-18 May 21
Second 4-week session (MTT1 Only) June 14 June 14-15 June 18
Third 4-week session (MTT1 Only) July 12 July 12-13 July 16

Plan Ahead

Description Date
Fall 2021 open registration begins May 3
Fall 2021 classes begin August 23

* 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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