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Tuition, Payment & Refund Information

Tuition, Payment, and Refund Information

Because NOVA is a public community college with financial support from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the College offers its students an exceptional educational value. In fact, NOVA's tuition is among the lowest of any college or university in the Washington, D.C. area.

Enrollment costs at NOVA are based on a tuition-and-fee charge per credit hour, and are the same for credit or audit courses.

The College does not send bills for tuition—you are responsible for paying your tuition on time. Check your enrollment information online often. 


If you enroll: Tuition payment is due:
Through December 11 By 5 p.m. December 12 or your classes may be dropped.
December 12 or later By 5 p.m. the next business day after you enroll or your classes may be dropped.

NOVA may drop your classes if tuition is not paid by the deadline.

Payments can be made by cash, check or money order and must be received by a NOVA campus business office before 5 p.m. the next business day.

Payments by credit card through VCCS SIS: Student Information System in myNOVA are due before 5 p.m. the next business day after you enroll.


If you have sufficient approved financial aid (identified as the anticipated financial aid on your NOVAConnect Account Summary), a current tuition assistance agreement (third-party contract), a senior citizen waiver, or are enrolled in NOVA's Tuition Payment Plan, your classes will be protected. If your anticipated financial aid or third-party contract is not sufficient to pay all tuition and fee charges, you must pay the difference by the due date or you will be dropped from unpaid classes.

Federal Financial Aid Recipients

If you receive federal student aid (Title IV) and withdraw from any class within 60 percent of the enrollment period and are not simultaneously attending other classes, in most cases, you will owe money back to the College. For additional information, please visit the Financial Aid Support Center or read the Return to Title IV Policy in its entirety in the Student Services financial aid handbook

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Tuition Refunds

NOVA understands occasionally life circumstances cause you to change your plans and you may need to drop a class.  You will not receive a refund for courses dropped after the census date (last day to drop with a refund or change to audit – see Important Dates) except for courses cancelled by the College.

Learn more about tuition refunds and forgiveness of debt.