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Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Find an Online Learning Course?
How Do I Find Information About Important Course Dates?
How Do I Enroll in an Online Learning Course?
How Do I Begin an Online Learning Course?
How Do I Audit an Online Learning Course?
How Do I Withdraw from an Online Learning Course?
How Do I Drop an Online Learning Course with Refund?
You must be admitted to Northern Virginia Community College before you may register or enroll for online learning courses. During the process, please verify that the college has your correct mailing address to ensure that you will receive your course enrollment confirmation. You may apply online at http://www.nvcc.edu. Once you have been admitted, you may register for classes at http://nvcc.my.vccs.edu. Instructions for using NOVAConnect, NOVA's student information system, are available online at http://www.nvcc.edu/novaconnect. Before registering for courses, please make sure you have satisfied the course prerequisites and understand the required course assignments. For assistance with course selection, please contact an ELI counselor.
If you are planning to complete a certificate or degree at NVCC or are planning to take an English or math course, you must first take the English and math placement tests. These tests will help determine your levels in reading, writing and math. You may take them at any NVCC testing center after you have been admitted to the College. There are online sample questions for review at Placement Test.
For students who have completed pre-requisites (a grade of "C" or higher) at another institution, visit the Visiting and Transient Student webpage and work with an academic advisor. If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Advising staff via their Live Chat feature or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find detailed course information at eli.nvcc.edu/coursesearch.asp.
For students who would like to enroll in NVCC courses while still in high school, Dual
Enrollment is an enrichment opportunity that allows qualified high school students to take college courses through NVCC, earn college credit and possibly receive high school credit for these courses. Always talk with your high school counselor before moving forward with dual enrollment options. Any high school student interested in enrolling in courses should contact an ELI counselor.
For students who would like to receive transfer credit at NOVA for courses completed at another institution, you will need to request an official transcript from any regionally accredited U.S. college or university you have attended previously. If you have completed your education at an institution located outside of the United States you will need to send a copy of a course-by-course evaluation that has been completed by an individual private evaluation agency to NVCC. Please have the transcripts sent to the Student Services Center at the NVCC campus most convenient for you. Contact information for the campus offices can be found here. You will also need to submit to the same office a Request for Evaluation of Transcript form. Official transcripts will be evaluated only after you have been admitted to the College and have declared a major. Students needing to declare a major should contact an ELI counselor.
NVCC online learning courses start at the beginning of the semester, but many of the Extended Learning Institute's (ELI) online learning courses also have additional sections starting throughout the semester. For new course section availability, check the listing and register via NovaConnect . Once you are registered, keep the momentum going and begin working on the course.
You are responsible for accessing your course website in a timely manner to begin your course. If you do not start your course on schedule, or if you register late in the registration period, you will need to accelerate the class schedule to make up assignments you have missed. The following information will be helpful. Once registered, you will receive in the mail a "quick start" syllabus with specific information to begin your course. (Not sure what to look for? Here is a quick start syllabus sample - Quick Start syllabus.) In the meantime, complete the Student Orientation for Online Students.
You should begin your course soon after your enrollment date. Students who are not fully engaged in the course by the end of the 5th week (30% of a 16-week session) may incur penalties such as reduced grades, administrative withdrawal from the course, repayment of financial aid, or loss of eligibility for future financial aid. Refer to your course syllabus for specific requirements.
The regular tuition rate is charged for auditing a course. A student who audits an online learning course must have the permission of the instructor, who may or may not require that you complete course assignments and exams. During your enrollment period, you have the time up to your Last Refund Date to switch from audit to credit or to switch from credit to audit. If you choose to audit an online learning course, you will receive no credit for the course and an X (audit) grade will appear on your NVCC college transcript.
When requesting to audit a class, you must complete an NVCC 125-12 form, AUDITING A CLASS: Permission to Audit. The form can be downloaded from the College Website at http://www.nvcc.edu/forms/pdf/125-012.pdf and faxed to the ELI Online Learning Registration at (703) 323-3392, or emailed as an attachment to email@example.com.
You may withdraw from an online learning course without grade penalty by the Last Withdrawal Date. For ELI online learning courses, this date is listed in the course information mailed to you. Use NovaConnect (preferred method) or Telephone NovaConnect (also see How to Drop With Refund) to withdraw before the Last Withdrawal Date. If you withdraw from a course after your Last Withdrawal Date, you will receive an "F" for a grade.
If you are past your Last Withdrawal Date but have mitigating circumstances that prevent you from finishing the course, your instructor may agree to assign a W grade. To request a W, complete a Withdrawal Initiated by Student form and submit it to your instructor with supporting documentation that justifies your request.
You may drop an online learning course for refund no later than the Last Refund Date. For ELI online learning courses, this date is listed in the course information mailed to you. There are two ways to drop a course:
If you paid tuition by credit card and want your refund credited to your credit card, you must drop the course through NovaConnect. All other refunds will be issued by check and should be received within a few weeks of the drop date.
For ELI online learning courses ONLY, if you need assistance with this procedure contact the ELI Registration office at (703) 323-3368.
Be sure to review the Important Dates for this semester to prevent automatic withdrawal from your class.
Northern Virginia Community College has reciprocal agreements with other SREB member states that allow students living in those states to take NOVA online courses through ELI.
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