Distance learning courses start at the beginning of the semester, but many of the Extended Learning Institute's (ELI) distance learning courses also have additional sections starting throughout the semester. For new course section availability, check the listing and register via NovaConnect.
- How Do I Find a Distance Learning Course?
- How Do I Find Information About Important Course Dates?
- How Do I Enroll in a Distance Learning Course?
- How Do I Begin a Distance Learning Course?
- How Do I Audit a Distance Learning Course?
- How Do I Withdraw from a Distance Learning Course?
- How Do I Drop a Distance Learning Course with Refund?
How do I enroll in a distance learning course?
You must be admitted to Northern Virginia Community College before you may register or enroll for distance 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 www.nvcc.edu/annandale/lrc/testing.
For students who have completed pre-requisites at another institution, fax an unofficial copy of your transcript to 703.323.3392 (or send as an email attachment to email@example.com), your contact information, and course prefix, course number, and class number for the course in which you would like to enroll. 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.
How Do I Begin a Distance Learning Course?
NVCC Distance learning courses start at the beginning of the semester, but many of the Extended Learning Institute's (ELI) distance 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.
How do I audit a distance learning course?
The regular tuition rate is charged for auditing a course. A student who audits a distance 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 a distance 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 Distance Learning Registration at (703) 323-3392, or emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I withdraw from a distance learning course?
You may withdraw from a distance learning course without grade penalty by the Last Withdrawal Date. For ELI distance 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.
- Students must sign into their Blackboard course site by the Blackboard Sign-in Date and complete the attendance sign-in to avoid being administratively deleted with no tuition refund.
- Instructors also have the option of withdrawing (without refund) students who are not meeting course progress requirements by the Last Withdrawal Date. However, students who expect a W are responsible for withdrawing themselves in NovaConnect before the last withdrawal date.
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.
How do I drop a course with refund?
You may drop a distance learning course for refund no later than the Last Refund Date. For ELI distance learning courses, this date is listed in the course information mailed to you. There are two ways to drop a course:
- Online using Web NovaConnect. (preferred method)
- By telephone using Telephone NovaConnect at (703) 323-3770 or (703) 330-3770 (Prince William County).
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 distance learning courses ONLY, if you need assistance with this procedure contact the ELI Registration office at (703) 323-3368.