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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.

Fall 2019 Census Dates

  • 16-Week Session: September 5
  • First 8-Week Session: August 27
  • 14-Week Session: September 18
  • 12-Week Session: September 29
  • 10-Week Session: October 11
  • Second 8-Week Session: October 25
NOVA Online/ELI Dates
ELI/Online Learning Dates Start Date Last Day to Drop with a Tuition Refund or Change to Audit (Census Date)
16 week August 19 September 5
First 4-week August 19 August 23
First 8-week August 19 August 27
First 12-week August 19 August 31
Second 4-week September 16 September 20
Second 8-week September 9 September 17
Second 12-week September 9 September 21
Third 4-week October 14 October 18
Third 8-week September 23 October 1
Third 12-week September 23 October 5
Fourth 4-week November 11 November 15
Fourth 8-week October 16 October 25
10-week October 7 October 17

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.