Category Archives: Student Life

Fall Tuition Due by 5 pm on August 7th

Starting August 6th, tuition is due by 5pm the following business day after enrollment. ELI’s first fall session started on Wednesday, August 22 and for many courses, additional sections are offered starting September 12, 26, or later. Check the full list of fall 2018 courses here.

If you registered for fall 2018 courses and haven’t submitted your tuition payment or have your financial aid in place, you must do so by 5 pm on August 7th to avoid being dropped from your courses!

If you have questions about payment, visit NOVA’s payment information for details. You can also call the ELI Hotline at 703-323-3347 for assistance.

For more information about Financial Aid at NOVA, you can visit the Financial Aid Support Center or review the Financial Aid Video.

Do you know where to take your ELI Exams?

All ELI courses require at least two proctored exams or assignments. There are a couple of different ways to do this, depending on where you live, and what courses you are enrolled in.

If you are in the Northern Virginia area, you are expected to take your exams at one of the six campus Testing Centers. Each campus has a testing center, and it doesn’t matter which one you go to throughout the term. When you go to the Campus Testing Center, you will need to take your course Exam Pass and a Photo ID (your drivers license or other government issued ID will work, or your NOVA Card). Your course Exam Pass can be found in the Syllabus Section of your course. These are course and exam specific.

If you are out of the area, or planning to be out of the area at any point during your course, you will need to request a proctor using a Proctor Request Form. Please be sure to read the form carefully and submit it in a timely manner. It takes 3-5 business days for these forms to be processed so, don’t wait until the day before the test!

A third way to take an exam is by using a service called Proctor U. ProctorU is an online proctoring service that allows you to take your exams from your home computer, using a web cam and microphone. There is a fee for Proctor U, and currently it is $7.50. Proctor U is not available for all ELI course, to see if is an option for your course, please check the Taking Exams and Using Exam Passes in the Syllabus Section of your Blackboard course, or ask your instructor. You must be 18 or older and meet minimum technical system requirements to use ProctorU. The specific requirements are listed on the ProctorU website.

Testing Centers Closed – July 4th

Don’t forget, NOVA’s Testing Centers will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. If you need to take an exam next week, check the testing center calendar for hours of operation. (Link below)



Students needing financial assistance paying for tuition or books, your Financial Aid Advisor can provide you with assistance in applying for the NOVA Book and Access Grant and others.

How to be Successful in a Summer Course

Summer courses can be extremely beneficial to your academic plan. Taking courses during a non-traditional semester, such as summer, can help you knock out classes you need for graduation. Other perks of taking courses during the summer are that class sizes can be smaller and sessions are shorter.

But, as the days lengthen and the sun lures you outside, it can be difficult to stay focused on studying. And, after being outside and finding fun in the sun, you could feel sluggish when it is time to study. To help you stay focused and be successful in your academic endeavors, try these simple tricks:

•Be Awake: Eat breakfast each day. Keep your meals throughout the day light (include lots of fruits and veggies). Avoid heavy meals; they will make you feel drowsy.

•Take Good Notes: Because summer sessions are often taught in a shorter session, their pace is often more vigorous then a traditional course. Take lots of notes and review them often to help you remember the material. Creating your notes in outline format or using colored pens or markers on your notes can help you remember how topics are related and help you remember the facts.

•Sleep Well: During the summer, the days are longer. More daylight could cause you to not sleep as soundly as usual. To deter this, buy darkening blinds or curtains to help block out light.

•Stay Positive: You are your biggest critic. If you have an “I can do it” attitude, you are more likely to succeed.

•Attendance: Go to class or sign into your online class every day. Being present and up to date on any changes or announcements in the class is key to your success.

As you take steps to follow through on these recommendations, consider exploring the following ELife Blogs for further tips on healthy eating, note taking and attendance. And, be sure to reach out to your ELI Success Coach with your questions or concerns. The Success Coaching Team can be reached at or (703) 323-3347.

-Kristin, ELI Student Success Coach

Do you want to be published?

Here is your opportunity, VCCS students!

We are pleased to announce the VCCS journal of student academic writing,
is accepting submissions for its third issue! We recently published our second issue, featuring scholarship from students like yourself at community colleges across the state, and we would like for you to join them.

Exigence is an online academic journal for original, scholarly student work.
The journal showcases the finest VCCS student academic research, compelling ideas, and exceptional writing from disciplines across the curriculum. Our second issue features research on controversial sunscreen ingredients, cosmic ray muons, Medicaid, hunting dogs, artificial superintelligence, and more.

Submitting your work to Exigence gives you an opportunity to enter a larger academic conversation, showcase your talents while building your resume, and give life to your academic work beyond the classroom.

We strongly encourage you to submit your in-depth research arguments, visuals, analyses, and/or reports for publication in the third issue of Exigence. Take that first step on the pathway to publication!

Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Click on the links below for more information.

Questions? Contact Tom Geary, Exigence Editor-in-Chief, at

Digital Commons @ VCCS
Submission Requirements & Guidelines
How to Submit

Fall Registration Is Underway

Thinking about an online class for Fall 2018?  Fall Registration is now open for all students. The online catalog is available in NOVAConnect now – search the online catalog to see what options you have for online courses.

New Student Orientation – Summer 2018

New Student Orientation for Adult Learners

Where: NOVA’s Alexandria Campus
When: Thursday, May 10th. 5-6:30 pm.

To register, visit: