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Orientation: Getting Started With Online Learning

What Do I Need to Know About Other Resources?

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:

NOVA is committed to ensuring all students have an opportunity to pursue a college education regardless of the presence or absence of a disability. Information on NOVA’s Disability Support Services, including how to reach a Disability Support Services counselor, can be found at Accommodations and Accessibility Services.
NOVA offers a wide variety of financial support to attend NOVA Online courses. Learn more about scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunities by visiting the Office of Financial Aid.

You may use all college library facilities.

As a online learner, you can also benefit especially from:

  • Remote access for off-campus access to library databases.
  • Individualized help called “Ask a Librarian” to either request help by email or to chat live with a librarian online.
To ask about veterans or military benefits, contact the Military and Veterans Services office.

The NOVA IT Help Desk is operational five days a week:

Day Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Local Telephone: 703.426.4141 Toll-Free: 855.259.1019 (outside of Northern Virginia)

Online Student Success Strategies are available through StudentLingo. is a free online tutoring service available to all NOVA students, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. You can access through your Canvas classes. For more information about, including services and hours, see the Online Tutoring page at

Take this post-test to see how much you know about resources online learning.

1. Which of the following services may NOVA Online students use on any NOVA campus?

2. Contact a counselor at NOVA Online or on any campus if you want more information about:

3. When you are ready to take your first exam, you should:

4. If you need library resources but you can't possibly come to campus, you should:

Important Dates

Be sure to review the Important Dates each semester to prevent possible automatic withdrawal from your class.

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