Enrolling in a Dual Enrollment course in your high school

  1. Discuss your plan to take a dual enrollment class offered at the high school with your parent or guardian, and high school counselor.
  2. Meet with the counselor or teacher to receive the Dual Enrollment Intent Form and also receive information on how to apply to NOVA online and the testing dates for taking the placement tests at your high school.  Please see the placement testing website for more information.
  3. Take the required placement test(s) if you do not meet the exemption through PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP or SOL results.  View possible exemptions
  4. You may go to the nearest campus to get a NOVACard, or arrangements can be made for photos to be taken at your high school and a card made for you.  Go to the NOVACard website for more information about services and advantages
  5. As a student in a contract dual enrollment class, you do not individually register for class(es) or pay NOVA directly.  Needed paperwork is collected by the high school.  The entire class will be enrolled by NOVA’s Office of Dual Enrollment (ODE) and the school district will be invoiced for the classes offered within the high school.  Students should not submit payment to NOVA for contract courses offered within the high school.


To take a dual enrollment course with NOVA, you will need to:


If you have already applied to NOVA or are a returning DE student, you do not need to re-apply, but you will need your NOVA EMPLID (7-digit student ID #) for Step 2.

Step 2. After you complete your NOVA application and have your NOVA ID number, create a DualEnroll.com account STEP by STEP INSTRUCTIONS Once you select your home high school, all of the DE class offerings at your high school will populate. Make sure you have a valid email and/or phone number for your parent/guardian when you create your account. This is the only way for your parent/guardian to approve your enrollment, which is required approval to enroll, regardless of your age. Make sure your parents check for and return the email (or text message) approving your dual enrollment participation• If you are a freshmen or sophomore, you will need approval from NOVA to take the course. You may upload additional documentation for enrollment purposes such as a letter of recommendation from a teacher or a personal statement to support your application.

Please make sure to contact your school counselor if you have questions in regard to the registration process, course requested or if you are no longer interested in taking a Dual Enrolled Course.

APS/NOVA Dual Enrollment Troubleshooting Tips.

My application to NOVA didn’t go through, shows error message:

It is best to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox for the application. If the application continues to not load or the application cannot be viewed using the browser, close the application. Go to the browser’s settings and clear all caches and cookies. Close the browser and open up a fresh browser. Allow the browser to take some time to upload all information. It may take up a few minutes. Preferably complete application on laptop rather than on phone.

If issue persists contact the Office of Dual Enrollment at dualenrollment@nvcc.edu and provide a detailed summary of the inquiry. Provided the applicant’s full and legal name, DOB, district and high school name.

You may also contact Katie Aimone at kaimone@nvcc.edu with above information for further assistance.

I already applied to NOVA, I don’t know my NOVA ID (EMPLID):

Retrieve your NOVA ID by clicking Forgot Password here to reset your NOVA account and view your ID# https://www.nvcc.edu/academic-tools/index.html

Do I have to provide my parent’s email/phone number:

A parent/legal guardian consent is required to allow students to register for dual enrollment courses. Parents/legal guardians must check their email account or text message to acknowledge their consent.

I am taking a course at my home school and at career center how do I register for both:

Select your home high school and select your courses using the drop down menu. All courses available will show up under student account whether course is offered at home school or the Arlington Career Center.

My course doesn’t show up on the pull down menu:

If a course is not listed in the drop down menu it may not be offered in APS any longer, remember DE courses are contingent on teacher availability. Courses may also have a different name at NOVA than at your home school. Please refer to APS DE Course Offerings 2020-2021 for current offerings and name comparisons.

I have completed both my NOVA application and my dualenroll.com registration, what happens next:

NOVA will cross check students documents along with eligibility requirements for each course. Students will receive an email if they are not eligible for the course or if additional documentation if required to prove eligibility. Students will be enrolled in course closer to course start date in September.