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Senior Citizens

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If you're 60 years of age or older and have been legally domiciled in Virginia for one year prior to the beginning of the semester in which you enroll, you may qualify to attend credit and many non-credit classes at NOVA without paying tuition and fees.

  • You may take a credit course tuition-free on a space available basis if your taxable income for the previous year was $15,000 or less.
  • Regardless of income, you may take a credit course for free if you audit, not receiving a grade.
  • You may enroll in ELI courses at any time, if there's space available.
  • To enroll in a FREE credit course go to your campus Student Services Center on the first day of class.

Non-Credit Courses

  • You may take a non-credit Workforce Development course for free if space is available.
  • To enroll in non-credit courses, contact the Workforce Development Department at the campus where the course is being offered.

For all courses you must complete an application for admission and the Senior Citizen Certification of Eligibility for Free Tuition (Form 105-088).

Follow This Step-by-Step Checklist to Get Started:

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1. Apply for Admission

Apply for Admission for a credit course in person at any Student Services Center. Bring proof of age and complete the Senior Citizen Certification of Eligibility Form for FREE tuition.

Apply for Admission for a non-credit course by contacting the Workforce Development Department at the campus where the course is being offered.

2. 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.

3. Register for Classes

You may only enroll on the first day of classes. You can check course availability through NOVAConnect for credit courses.

4. Pay Your Fees

You do not pay tuition. If you qualify for free tuition, you may have to pay any necessary course fees.

5. Buy Your Books

Print your schedule of classes and take it to your campus bookstore or buy your books online.

6. Buy a Parking Permit

If you receive a waiver of tuition and fees as a senior citizen, you may receive a student parking permit at no charge by presenting a signed copy of the senior citizen registration form at any Parking Services Office.

If you are not eligible for waiver of tuition and fees as a senior citizen, you can buy your parking permit online through Parking Services using your credit card 24 hours after you enroll for classes. You can also pay for a permit by cash or check at any of the campus Parking Services offices.

  • Parking permits are required for all semesters/sessions of enrollment.
  • Permits are required for all vehicles parked in all lots (except parking meters and hourly pay lots).
    • Student permits are valid only in "B" lots.
  • To use the parking garages at the Annandale and Medical Education Campuses, you must have a NOVACard ID and a parking permit.
    • Hourly pay parking is available in the garages for those without a current permit and ID card.

7. Get Your NOVACard Student Identification

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.