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JumpStart Frequently Asked Questions

What is JumpStart?

https://www.nvcc.edu/jumpstart/index.html

JumpStart gives graduating seniors at NOVA's partnership schools an opportunity to take tuition free summer courses. Qualified students can take up to two JumpStart courses. JumpStart courses are specific courses and sections, and run from June 1 to August 9.

What schools are participating?

Students graduating this spring from our public and private partnership schools are invited to participate. https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/partnerships.html 

Which students are eligible to participate in JumpStart?

Graduating seniors in our partnership schools are invited to participate. Students must meet the same academic eligibility requirements as dual enrollment students. https://www.nvcc.edu/dual-enrollment/fall-2021-policy.html 

What courses are being offered?

  • ART 101
  • CST 110
    ECO 201
  • ENG 111
  • HIS 102
  • MTH 154
  • PLS 135
  • PSY 200

Why were these classes selected for JumpStart?

JumpStart courses were chosen because they apply to NOVA degrees and a high percentage of transfer pathways. These courses are designated as Passport courses in Virginia. These courses meet NOVA's degree requirements and a high percentage of transfer pathways to four-year institutions.

How will I be enrolled?

The JumpStart scholarship for tuition free courses applies only to selected courses and sections. Students must follow the registration process outlined on the website and will be enrolled by a NOVA registrar. Students will not enroll themselves or select the section and instructor. JumpStart scholarship only applies to tuition and fees. Students are expected to purchase any textbooks or course materials required for the course.

What is the mode of instruction?

All courses are asynchronous through NOVA Online (NOL). This means there will not be regularly scheduled, weekly real time meetings. You will be expected to meet all deadlines outlined on the course syllabus. Instructors are available for office hours and may offer virtual meetings throughout the course. For more information about NOL courses, view the orientation section of their website - https://online.nvcc.edu/orientation/.

When are JumpStart courses taking place?

JumpStart courses run from June 1 to August 9.  Students may drop their course on or before June 11.  Students may withdraw without grade penalty on or before July 13. Students are expected to drop or withdraw from their courses on their own by following the tutorial in their NOVA Account. Students should also check their NOVA email regularly for reminders and updates from NOL and instructors https://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/students/email/.

Should you desire to drop the course(s) or withdraw from the course(s) see the links here:
https://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/students/tuts/withdraw.html
https://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/students/tuts/enroll/drop.html

Can I have my final grade expunged or removed from my NOVA transcript?

No. JumpStart courses are college courses; final grades are entered on your official NOVA transcript. As a JumpStart student, you will have access to free online tutoring and NOVA Online Success Coaches to help you be successful in your classes.  https://www.nvcc.edu/tutoring/online-tutoring.html

Make sure you check your NOVA email regularly for reminders and updates from NOL and instructors and get started on the course start date https://www.nvcc.edu/ithd/students/email/.

Should you desire to drop the course(s) or withdraw from the course(s) see the links here:
https://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/students/tuts/withdraw.html
https://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect/students/tuts/enroll/drop.html

Who is teaching these courses?

Courses will be taught by NOVA Online instructors. You will be enrolled in a JumpStart section and will not have the option to select your instructor.

Why is NOVA offering the JumpStart program to graduating seniors?

As a strong community partner, NOVA understands our area high school students faced many challenges due to coronavirus restrictions.  We are deeply committed to ensuring students get the academic preparation necessary to propel them, successfully, into their post-secondary career.  We want students to see the many benefits of starting at NOVA and completing a degree with us! It is our hope that these students will stay for Fall 2021 and beyond.

How is NOVA paying for JumpStart?

NOVA is using a portion of our federal stimulus money to cover the costs. You will be charged full tuition and fees for your JumpStart course(s); however, prior to the end of the semester, the JumpStart funding will be applied to your account.

Is there a plan to retain these students after JumpStart?

Absolutely! We are creating a specific retention strategy to encourage JumpStart students to continue their NOVA journey.

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