Welcome to the Northern Virginia Community College Website

Accessibility Navigation:


Registration for Returning Students

Registration for Returning Students

Thank you for choosing to continue your academic studies with NOVA. If it has been more than three years since your last class at NOVA, you are a returning student. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1: Apply for Admission Online
If it has been more than three years since your last class at NOVA, you must submit an Application for Admission. Online applications can be processed within 24 to 48 hours. If you apply in person or by mail it may take longer. Once your application is processed, you can register for classes.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
If you plan to apply for student financial aid, visit Financial Aid.

Step 3: Take Placement Tests
Because the College is operating remotely due to the COVID-19 situation, in-person placement testing has been suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 registration. Students who have graduated from high school less than six years ago will submit their high school transcript and if available, SAT or ACT scores to the College Records Office or to their advisor. Unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores are acceptable for this time period. For other students, the VPT practice test and advising questionnaires may be used for placement guidance.

Step 4: See a Counselor
You are encouraged to speak with a counselor before enrolling in classes. A counselor can help you select a major, identify the classes you need to take, get financial aid, evaluate potential careers and more. Walk-in advising is available at any Student Services Center. Students with disabilities can meet with a counselor for disability services.

Step 5: Register for Classes
March 30: Registration for Summer begins for all students. To register for classes, use NOVAConnect. If you have not completed a Student Development (SDV) course, you are encouraged to do so before enrolling in your 16th semester hour at the College.

Step 6: Pay Your Tuition
You will not be billed for tuition. If you enroll in classes by May 3, payment for all classes is due May 4 by 5:00 p.m. Beginning May 4, the payment deadline for any classes in which you enroll is 5:00 p.m. the next business day.  Business days are Monday through Friday. Your enrollment in unpaid classes is not guaranteed. After the deadline, you will be financially responsible for any classes you have not dropped. Check your enrollment information online.

Regardless of your attendance, you are financially responsible for all classes for which you register unless you drop the class by the deadline. If you decide not to take a class, you must drop it through NOVAConnect or visit a campus Student Services Center to drop it officially by the stated deadline; otherwise, you will be charged for that class and may receive a failing grade.

To pay tuition in installments, enroll in NOVA’s Tuition Payment Plan before your due date, or by 5:00 p.m. the day after you register.

Step 7: Activate Your Email Account
You must establish a NOVA email account and check it frequently. Our faculty and staff will only contact you via your NOVA email account about class assignments, course announcements and updates on your financial aid status. View instructions on setting up your account.

Step 8: Print Your Schedule
You can print a copy of your enrollment schedule at NOVAConnect to check your schedule for errors, verify that you have enrolled in the courses that you want and confirm that all tuition and fees have been paid. Print a copy of your enrollment schedule every time you make changes.

Step 9: Buy Your Books
You can buy your books online at www.nvcc.bncollege.com. You can also rent textbooks for less than half the cost of purchasing a new textbook from the store’s website. If you have received a financial aid award large enough to cover tuition, fees and books, see Using Approved Financial Aid to Buy or Rent Textbooks.