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There is a wealth of information available to help you work through the application and registration process. Here’s how to apply for admission to the college and register for courses:
All students are entitled to the same accommodations for disabilities throughout the college. For more information about receiving accommodations visit the Disability Support Services website.
If you think you may be eligible for financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid for guidance.
You may use all college library facilities.
As a online learner, you can also benefit especially from:
Check the testing center hours to make sure it is open when you want to take an exam. You may use a testing center on any campus. Testing Center hours sometimes vary, so double check the hours before you go to campus.
Be sure you allow enough time to take the exam. All exams are collected 15 minutes before the testing center closes.
Be sure to bring a government issued photo ID or NOVA Card and your exam pass. You can find exam passes the syllabus section of your Blackboard course site. These are course and exam specific. Make sure you print out the correct exam pass for the exam you are taking.
To ask about veterans or military benefits, contact the Military and Veterans Services office.
The NOVA IT Help Desk is operational 24/7 including nights, weekends and holidays (service is limited on nights and weekends).
Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that Northern Virginia Community College offers for free to its students enrolled in courses offered through the Extended Learning Institute. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, many of which are available 24/7.
Online Student Success Strategies are available through StudentLingo.
Complete the SmarterMeasure Assessment to gauge your readiness for online learning. Contact ELI Counselors if you are interested in more information and a username and password to complete the assessment.
Take this post-test to see how much you know about resources online learning.
1. Which of the following
services may ELI students use on any NOVA campus?
All of the above
2. Contact a
counselor at ELI or on any campus if you want more information
what you should buy for your biology lab kit
what courses you should take first
how to obtain financial aid
what hours the library is open
3. When you are
ready to take your first exam, you should:
ask your professor to send you the exam
check the testing center hours online to make sure it is open
when you want to come in
make an appointment to take the exam at ELI
tell your advisor you are ready to take the exam
4. If you need
library resources but you can't possibly come to campus,
withdraw from the course because finding library resources
is impossible for you to do as a distance learning student
call the ELI office and tell the staff that you can't
come to campus
get on the Internet and check out the remote library access
and the ASK THE LIBRARIAN services
ask for an extension because you can't get enough information
Be sure to review the Important Dates for this semester to prevent automatic withdrawal from your class.
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