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JumpStart Your College Career with NOVA!


JumpStart offers tuition free, college courses to eligible Northern Virginia high school graduating seniors.

JumpStart is for students enrolled in these Virginia public school systems as well as our existing private school partners: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City and Prince William County.

Online summer session begins on June 1, 2020 and ends on July 15, 2020.

A completed application to JumpStart is due by May 15, 2020.

So, what are you waiting for? JumpStart your college career now with NOVA!

Important Update

NOVA has faced a remarkable demand for our new JumpStart program, which is on track to exceed available seats well before the close of applications. We have heard from applying students and families, and it has quickly become clear that graduating seniors and their families are the ones who most need immediate access to these scholarships. These new graduates are moving on to college in just a few months, facing growing concerns about the cost of college at a time of significant financial uncertainty.

We want to assure that graduating seniors are able to make the most use of JumpStart, so as of today, we will limit the JumpStart program to the graduating class of 2020.

NOVA will still honor the applications of all qualified juniors who applied on or before April 29, 2020.

The college recognizes that you may be disappointed with this change, but we also hope you understand that our goal is to serve the students in our community with most pressing needs to access the JumpStart scholarship.

What NOVA Courses Can I Take with JumpStart? 

JumpStart Course

Course Name



ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3 Online
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 Online, 2 Virtual Class Sessions as set by your Instructor Required
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 Online
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II 3 Online
ITN 257 Cloud Computing: Infrastructure and Services 3 Online
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3 Online, 4 Virtual Class Sessions per Week as set by your Instructor Required

How Do I Apply for the JumpStart Program?

STEP 1: Apply to NOVA

Please wait 24 hours before moving to step 2 to ensure your information is available. (If you are already a NOVA student, locate your EMPLID, username and password and proceed to step 2).

STEP 2: Complete your JumpStart application

Thank you for your interest in JumpStart! The application is now closed. We are working diligently to process applications and enroll you in your courses. Check your email frequently for updates.

STEP 3: Check your email for updates on your JumpStart application.

We will send you email updates as we process your application.

Did you know…

over 23% of Northern Virginia public school graduates attended NOVA in 2017-2018?

SOURCE: NOVA Office of Institutional Research

Did you know…

47% of first-time college students transferred with a degree from NOVA to another postsecondary institution?

SOURCE: NOVA Office of Institutional Research