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Census Dates

Census Dates

When you register for a class at NOVA, you are making a commitment to attend the class regularly, either in person or online. Since the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes a significant portion of your educational costs, you must establish your attendance or participation early in the semester, rather than taking a seat that might have gone to another student. The census date marks the last day to make that change.

If you do not attend at least one class meeting or participate in an online learning class by the census date (last day to drop with a tuition refund), your class registration will be administratively deleted.

Administrative deletion means:

  • there will be no record of the class or any letter grade on your transcript;
  • the course credits will be deducted from your course load;
  • the reduction of credits may affect your student status (full-time or part-time); and
  • you will not receive a tuition refund.

Spring 2019 Census Dates

  • 16-Week Session: January 29
  • First 8-Week Session: January 29
  • 14-Week Session: February 10
  • 12-Week Session: February 22
  • 10-Week Session: March 6
  • Second 8-Week Session: March 24

NOVA Online/ELI Dates
Sessions Start Date Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
16 week January 14 January 31
First 4-week January 14 January 18
First 8-week January 14 January 22
First 12-week January 14 January 26
Second 4-week February 11 February 15
Second 8-week February 4 February 12
Second 12-week January 28 February 9
Third 4-week March 18 March 22
Third 8-week February 25 March 5
Third 12-week February 18 March 2
Fourth 4-week April 15 April 18
Fourth 8-week March 18 March 26

For variable duration (dynamic) classes, the census date is individually set. For these variable duration classes, in the Student Information System, click on the class. The date for Drop Without Penalty is the last date to drop with a refund.