Frequently Asked Questions

Parking FAQ

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Campus parking designations are determined by the type of permit you have. Student parking is in student lots and Faculty/Staff parking is in faculty/staff lots. Non-permit holders and visitors must use NOVA hourly parking options. These include: Passport Mobile Pay or payments via Pay Stations in hourly lots. Parking in student lots and hourly lots/garages is free after 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day on the weekends.

Parking permits cost $80. Visitor parking is $2 an hour with a maximum of $10 per day.

Students may purchase their parking permits online at or at any campus Parking Services office.

Vehicles with valid DMV-issued plates or placards may park in any permit space located in an faculty/staff, student, or hourly lot in addition to any designated handicap parking space on campus.

Visitors/non-permit holders may park in any hourly space for an hourly rate of $2. Visitors/non-permit holders may also utilize NOVA's hourly mobile pay option through Passport Mobile Pay to park in any student lot prior to 3:45 p.m. on weekdays.

Customers may appeal and/or pay for a parking citation either online at or in person at any campus Parking Services office. Appeals must be submitted within 15 calendar days after issuance of the citation. Please be aware that all denied appeals are subject to a $10 processing fee.

NOVA must generate revenue through parking permits and fees to create, maintain and manage parking lots and facilities. Virginia policy requires that parking services operate as an auxiliary enterprise; therefore, State funds cannot be used to construct, maintain or operate parking lots or garages.

You may contact NOVA Parking Customer Support at 703.323.3123 or Additional information for Parking Services can be found on our website All six campuses also have a Parking Services office with knowledgeable staff who can assist you.

You may add and remove vehicles to your parking permit online. If you are using a new vehicle temporarily, please ensure the vehicle is linked to the permit through your parking account by visiting the Parking Portal.  You may also email from your NOVA email address with the vehicle’s license plate number and state, make, model, and color and we are able to link the vehicle to your permit for you.

Requests for student permit refunds must be received by a NOVA Campus Parking Services office within the published add/drop (census) date as listed in the Schedule of Classes.  If you are taking classes in multiple sessions, the deadline for submitting permit refund requests is the earliest census date. If a class was canceled, refund requests must be submitted to a Campus Parking Services office within three business days from the date the class was canceled.

All employees are required to order their Faculty/Staff permit online at Once the permit order is completed, your virtual permit is effective immediately.

Permits are available for purchase by semester as follows: Fall - August 1; Spring - December 1; Summer - May 1. Student parking permits are valid through the semester they were purchased.

NOVA does not permit overnight parking at any of its campuses. If your vehicle needs to be left overnight for College business or due to an emergency please complete the Overnight Parking form. If you don’t have a valid NOVA Parking Permit, you can send an email to to request an Overnight Parking Pass.

Student and Faculty/Staff permits may be linked to up to three vehicles. Vehicles must be properly linked to your permit prior to parking on campus. Only one vehicle linked to your permit may be parked at any NOVA campus at one time.

Vehicles parked in student permit lots must have a valid permit until 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. All other lots (faculty/staff lots, reserved spaces, etc.) are enforced at all times.

At the beginning of every semester, the College has a grace period for parking. Students may park in the student lots for free until enforcement begins. See campus signage or the Important Dates section on the Parking website home page for exact enforcement dates. Once enforcement begins, vehicles may park without a student permit after 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and anytime on weekends in student lots only.

Senior citizens who have enrolled through the Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver process may order a student parking permit online or at any Campus Parking Services office at no charge 48 hours after enrolling.

Only currently-enrolled students are eligible to purchase student parking permits.

Since there are a limited number of hourly parking spaces, individuals with a valid permit may not park in hourly parking lots. Vehicles with valid permits are subject to receiving a citation in hourly spaces.

The Parking Infrastructure fee supports the continuing maintenance, repair and improvements to the college’s infrastructure. The fee is charged to all students as part of their tuition and helps pay for many resources used by students even if they do not drive to campus, such as walkways, exterior lights, and safety improvements. If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Motorcycles do not require a parking permit to park on campus. Each campus also has designated motorcycle parking spaces.