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General Information

NOVA makes every effort to provide safe and convenient parking for all who attend the College. It is important to note that NOVA does not receive state funding to support the parking program. Student parking fees are necessary to build and maintain parking lots and garages, to paint lots, to install signage, to provide lighting and safety equipment, and to install meters and other parking devices. In order to assist in furthering your academic career, NOVA continues to make every effort to keep parking fees as low as possible and still maintain a service that provides a safe and convenient parking experience. 

Loading Zones

Parking is not permitted in loading zones without a valid loading zone permit issued by NOVA. A loading zone hangtag for vendors or individuals unloading equipment or supplies may be obtained from a Parking Services office. Vehicles must be moved immediately after loading or unloading.

Lots, Garages and Meters

Parking privileges in NOVA parking facilities entitle the driver to use only one parking space between painted lines. Parking on or over the lines is a violation subject to a fine. Space is not always available for oversized vehicles. Vehicles must fit between lines and not extend into aisles. Garage parking is not available to oversized vehicles. Requests to park an oversized vehicle must be made in advance through the campus Parking Services office.

NOVA parking lot operating hours are from 6:00 a.m. until midnight, except at the Annandale and Medical Education Campus garages where hours are posted. Parking after-hours without proper authorization is prohibited. After-hours parking is defined as a vehicle parked on a NOVA parking lot anytime between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.

"B" lots are designated as "Student Parking" and require the display of a valid "B" lot permit or a temporary "B" lot pass.

The "A" lot next to the Brault building on the Annandale Campus and all "A" lots on the Alexandria, Loudoun, Manassas, Medical Education, and Woodbridge Campuses are for faculty and staff use only.

All "C" lots on the Annandale Campus are for faculty and staff use only. "A" permits are valid in "C" lots at the Annandale Campus.

The Alexandria, Annandale, and Medical Education Campuses have pay-parking facilities for visitors. Follow the instructions posted to park legally in those facilities.

To use the parking garages at the Annandale and Medical Education Campuses, faculty and staff with current permits must swipe a valid NOVACard upon entering and leaving the facility. Student NOVACards will work to gain entry if permits have been purchased and are displayed properly. Anyone who does not have a NOVACard and permit properly displayed must pay the visitor fee to use the garage or will be parked in violation.

Faculty, staff and students must park in the areas designated by the type of permit they hold (either faculty/staff or student). Signage is posted and operating hours for garage facilities are displayed at the entrances.

A limited number of coin-operated parking meters are available on most campuses. Meter parking is enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Meter parking costs $2.00 per hour. Meters only accept quarters. There are a limited number of meters on the Woodbridge Campus that cost 50 cents per half hour. Permits, guest, or visitor passes cannot be substituted for meter payment. Parking at broken meters is not permitted. Citations will be issued to vehicles parked at malfunctioning meters.



Requests for permit refunds must be received by a Parking Services office within the published add/drop period as listed in the Schedule of Classes. A $10 processing fee is assessed against these qualified refunds. Pieces of the permit and the purchase receipt are required.

There are no refunds for students who withdraw from classes after the add/drop period. Students with financial holds or outstanding parking citations will not receive permit refunds.

Refund requests must meet all requirements to be processed. Students are eligible for a full refund (no processing fee will be charged) if all of the student's classes are canceled or moved off campus by NOVA.

Refund requests must be submitted to a Parking Services office within three business days from the date the final class was moved or canceled.


Speed Limit

The campus speed limit is 15 m.p.h. on roads, 10 m.p.h. in parking lots, and 5 m.p.h. in garages unless otherwise posted.