Top On-Time Registration Questions Answered

Top On-Time Registration Questions Answered

1/14/2018 – NOVA’s On-Time Registration policy has been updated. This page is no longer up to date.


Top On-Time Registration Questions Answered
Starting Fall 2014 semester, all students enrolling at NOVA will be required to register by 11:59 p.m. the day before the session begins to meet the On-Time Registration requirement.

Below are some questions and answers to help clarify the new policy.

Q: What is the difference between a semester and a session at NOVA?

A: At NOVA, a semester refers to an academic term. Each year we have three semesters: fall, spring and summer. A session refers to the number of weeks within a semester during which a course is scheduled to meet. NOVA offers several different sessions each semester to provide a variety of course and scheduling options. For example, in addition to the standard 16- and 8-week sessions, sessions might be taught in 12 or 14 weeks. Consult the Schedule of Classes for more information about scheduling options.

Q: Does the new On-Time Registration policy impact when payment is due after registering for classes?

A: No. The payment deadline policy remains the same as it has been in previous semesters. Payment deadlines for the current and upcoming semester can be found on the NOVA website or by contacting a campus business office.

Q: If students register for courses on the last day before a session begins, do they have to pay by 11:59 p.m. that night?

A: No. Anyone registering for courses on the last day before a session begins has until 5:00 p.m. the next business day to pay for classes. Failure to pay by that deadline will result in the courses being dropped for non-payment and the on-time registration requirement will prevent re-registration for that same course.

Q: If a student has computer trouble and isn’t able to register before the deadline, can someone add that person to a class?

A: No. Once the deadline has passed registration for that session is closed. However, students may be able to register for courses offered in an upcoming session or an online course with a later start date.

Q: The session started on Monday, but the class starts on Thursday. It’s Wednesday afternoon. Can students still register?

A: No. Registration for that session has closed. However, students may be able to register for courses offered in an upcoming session or an online course with a later start date.

Q: If a student is dropped from a course for non-payment but didn’t realize it, can he/she get back into the class?

A: Students will only be able to re-enroll if they were dropped as the result of a NOVA error. The student will need to complete a Registration with Permission Form (Form 125-077) and submit supporting documentation to the appropriate academic division dean for approval. The form and supporting documentation must be submitted during the limited schedule adjustment period during the first week of classes. Consult the College Catalog for more information on schedule adjustments.

Q: What options are available for students who are unable to register for courses before the deadline but want to start taking classes as soon as possible?

A: Students may still be able to register for courses in a session that has not yet started. NOVA offers several different sessions each semester to provide a variety of course and scheduling options. For example, in addition to the standard 16- and 8-week sessions, sessions might be taught in 12 or 14 weeks. Consult the Schedule of Classes for more information about scheduling options.

Q: Can students add, drop or swap classes after On-Time Registration closes?

A: After the deadline has passed, the ability to add a class is restricted. There is a limited schedule adjustment period during the first week of classes if students have documented mitigating circumstances that impacted their ability to register on time. The student will need to complete a Registration with Permission Form (Form 125-077) and submit supporting documentation to the appropriate academic division dean for approval. Students are permitted to drop courses at any time in accordance with NOVA’s Academic Calendar. Students may swap a course they are currently enrolled in for another course in a future session that has not yet started. Consult the College Catalog for more information on schedule adjustments.

Q: Are there any exceptions to the On-Time Registration policy?

A: This policy applies to all NOVA students.

All faculty and staff must understand the details of the On-Time Registration policy because students will have many questions as the Fall 2014 semester approaches. Please use the Intercom’s comment box below to ask any additional questions you may have.

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