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Dual Enrollment Procedures

Procedures differ greatly depending on where a class is held. Please choose the appropriate option below.

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Contract Dual Enrollment

Contract Dual Enrollment courses are classes offered at various high schools across Northern Virginia. These classes are offered during the school day for students attending that specific high school or academy and are taught by high school teachers who are also credentialed as NOVA adjuncts. Contract DE classes that are included under the contract between the school district and NOVA are offered free of charge.

NOVA offers contract dual enrollment classes in these schools/divisions:

  • Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS)
  • Arlington County Public Schools (APS)
  • Bishop Ireton High School
  • Christ Chapel Academy
  • Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS)
  • Fairfax Christian School
  • Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)
  • Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS)
  • Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS)
  • Manassas Park Public Schools (MPCS)
  • Paul VI Catholic High School
  • Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)
  • Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School
  • Seton School
  • Wakefield School

Check with your high school counselor to learn more about offerings within your high school.

Contract Dual Enrollment Checklist

Step #1 - Discuss

Discuss taking dual enrollment courses with a parent/guardian.  Meet with your high school counseling office to request specific courses offered through your high school.

Step #2 - Verify Eligibility

Work with your high school counselor to verify you meet the college readiness requirements and all prerequisites outlined on NOVA’s website. Please review the Dual Enrollment Admission and Placement Criteria.

Step #3 - Apply to NOVA

All prospective DE students are required to complete the free, online NOVA application before the school district deadline and prior to the first day of the course. Go to and select the Apply tab to get started.

After you submit the online application, you will receive a 7-digit Student ID number (EMPLID). This crucial number is needed to access college records and transcripts. You will also be given a username, which allows you access to myNOVA and NOVA’s Canvas site. Your temporary password is good for 24 hours. You must log in, reset your password, set up your security questions, and complete the two-step multi-factor authentication process (MFA). 

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide one may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #4 - Create an account at

Go to

First time users must create an account using a personal email address and a new username and password. This is not the same as your NOVA login credentials provided to you when you applied to NOVA. Students new to DE must create a new account. When prompted for your Student ID, you must add the 7-digit EMPLID that you received after applying to NOVA.

Returning users log into your existing account.

Select your DE course(s) and upload any required documents.

Be sure to enter a valid email or phone number for a parent/guardian to receive an email and/or text message asking them to provide e-consent for their student to participate in DE course(s). Failure to complete this step can result in delays to student enrollment.

Step #5 - Prepare

Student Orientation: The school division will provide students with a virtual orientation link that will outline the Dual Enrollment program, student resources, and key NOVA policies/procedures.

Accommodations: Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 Plans must reach out to NOVA’s Accommodations and Accessibility Services office to apply for a Memorandum of Accommodations (MOA) for their Dual Enrollment courses. Any accommodations for the NOVA course/grade must be on record at NOVA.

Start your request:

Log into your myNOVA account to verify your DE enrollment(s).

Independent Dual Enrollment

High school students taking NOVA classes online or on campus are designated as independent dual enrollment. Independent DE courses require students to pay tuition and fees and purchase any required textbooks/course materials. Questions regarding independent DE can be directed to

Step #1 - Discuss

Discuss taking independent dual enrollment courses with a parent/guardian and high school counselor.  Review the NOVA Catalog and Schedule of Classes to select course(s). You can also search for a NOVA class in SIS. The admissions process must be completed two weeks prior to the start of class.

Step #2 – Apply to NOVA

The application process is free and must be completed online. Complete your college application here.
After submission, you will receive a 7-digit Student ID number (EMPLID), username and temporary password to set up your myNOVA account.

A Social Security number is not required to be on file; however, failure to provide one may limit or delay access to services where the number is required by federal or state law (ex. tax reporting, receiving financial aid after high school graduation).

Step #3 - Gather Placement Documentation and Verify Eligibility 

All high school students must demonstrate college readiness outlined under Dual Enrollment Admission and Placement Criteria. Students must submit a current high school or homeschool transcript with their independent DE request. 

Step #4 - Complete Form

A completed DE recommendation form is due each NOVA term and must include all NOVA courses and sections.

Homeschool students must provide a copy of a homeschool agreement approved by the school district, a letter from the local school board, or a copy of the letter filed by the parent/legal guardian declaring homeschool for religious exemption.

Step #5 - Enrollment Process and Confirmation

High school students may not self-enroll in NOVA courses. If approved, a DE Coordinator will register and confirm the enrollment via email. Be sure to monitor your email and confirm your class schedule in your myNOVA account.

If not approved or a course section is full, a DE Coordinator will email to provide alternative options, if available.

Step #6 – Pay Your Tuition and Fees and Get Started

Tuition and Fees Payment - Learn about making your tuition payment, payment plans, and payment deadlines for your independent DE classes.

Textbooks and Course Materials - Search for required textbooks/course materials.

Accommodations and Accessibility Services - Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) or 504 plans must apply for a Memorandum of Accommodations (MOA) at the college. Any approved accommodations for the NOVA course/grade must be on record at the college. 

NOVACard - Once enrolled, you may go to the nearest campus to obtain a NOVACard.

Canvas Access/Classroom Location - Your course will open in Canvas on or a few days before your course start date. Check your schedule for your course start date and class location. On your course start date, log in to your myNOVA account, and click on the Canvas tile. Review Canvas student tutorials before getting started. Check your student Gmail account to receive updates from your course instructor and NOVA.

Enrollment Deadlines (Drop/Withdraw)

Even though the Office of Dual Enrollment enrolled you in the course, you are responsible to drop or withdraw from the course.         

Degree Planning

View the Academic Catalog to plan your degree or certificate pathway at NOVA. You can work with an Independent DE Coordinator to add the academic plan to your account to track your progress by completing e-form 125-345.

Step #7 – Attend Student Orientation

Join us for a virtual, DE student orientation to learn about accessing your myNOVA account, understanding course deadlines, making tuition payments, purchasing textbooks/course materials, and student support resources. 

Fall Term Independent DE Orientation

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 6-7 pm

View Orientation Slides and Recording