Early Online College

Early Online College is a collaboration with Prince William County Schools (PWCS) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) that offers qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take up to two college courses online each semester. Early Online College courses are asynchronous courses with weekly due dates.  These courses can be used for college credit only and do not impact students' high school transcripts. PWCS pays the tuition; students are responsible for purchasing any textbooks or course materials. 

Fall 2022 EOC Information Session

The Early Online College application window for Fall 2022 is May 2-July 15, 2022. 

Students and families interested in learning more about the Early Online College opportunity for PWCS juniors and seniors can watch this information below featuring PWCS Department of Student Learning and Northern Virginia Community College.

Benefits of EOC

The benefits of EOC include:

  • Students may complete up to two college courses per semester.
  • Families save money – students pay for course materials and Division pays for tuition.
  • Early Online College lowers the cost of college – students graduate from high school with college credits.
  • Students have access to campus resources and participate in college events and activities
  • NOVA has transfer agreements with Virginia state colleges, ensuring your credits count at a VA 4-year public institution.
  • Courses are asynchronous so students can still participate in jobs, sports, and activities

Target Students

Early Online College is open to juniors and seniors in PWCS.  Students must meet college readiness requirements, must maintain good standing at NOVA (2.0 GPA) and may not exceed a total of 18 NOVA credits per semester. 

Because EOC courses are online and asynchronous, it is important that students are self-starters who find success with online learning.  Students will be responsible for meeting weekly due dates. 

During a 12-week semester students can expect to spend 8-12 hours studying for and working on each 3-credit course.  Students can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week for each 1-credit course. 

Criteria for Participation

Students interested in participating in Early Online College must be a junior or senior in PWCS and meet the criteria for participation established by NOVA.  Students should speak with their school counselor to ensure that this program is a good academic fit. 

Course Expectations

Because EOC courses are online and asynchronous, it is important that students are self-starters who find success with online learning.  Students will be responsible for meeting weekly due dates. 

During a 12-week semester students can expect to spend 8-12 hours studying for and working on each 3-credit course.  Students can expect to spend 3-4 hours per week for each 1-credit course. 

Costs

Prince William County covers the cost of tuition for students enrolled in EOC courses.  Students may receive an invoice reminder via email, but these can be ignored for EOC courses.

Some courses may require students to purchase textbooks.  These courses are noted on our website, www.pwcs.edu/advancedacademics, under Early Online College.  Cost for the textbooks range between $75-200/course. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How many classes can I take each semester? 

  • Students can take up to two classes each semester through Early Online College.  Remember that these classes are in addition to a student's HS course load, so balance is important.  

How do I decide what classes to take at my HS and what classes to take in EOC? 

  • Students should talk to their school counselor and families when considering EOC courses.  EOC courses cannot be used to satisfy HS graduation requirements. 

How much do these classes cost? 

  • Prince William County covers the cost of tuition for students enrolled in EOC courses.  Students may receive an invoice reminder via email, but these can be ignored for EOC courses.  

Do I need to purchase books for these courses? How much will they cost? 

  • Some courses may require students to purchase textbooks.  These courses are noted on our website, www.pwcs.edu/advancedacademics, under Early Online College.  Cost for the textbooks range between $75-200/course. 

Will these classes count towards my HS GPA? Can I use them to meet HS graduation requirements? 

  • No, EOC courses do not count towards student's HS GPA and cannot be used to meet HS graduation requirements.  These courses will become a permanent part of a student's college transcript and students will need to share their transcripts with institutes to which they're applying.  

What 4-year institutions will accept these courses as transfer?

  • Courses offered through Early Online College are highly transferable courses through Virginia to 4-year public institutions.  Students should look at the transfer policy at colleges and universities they're interested in applying to. 

Does NOVA provide accommodations? 

  • Any student wishing to receive accommodations for a NOVA course must apply online at https://www.nvcc.edu/disability-services/index.html. NOVA makes reasonable accommodations in providing course, program, and building modification and/or auxiliary aids and services in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008.  IEP and 504 accommodations are not guaranteed for college coursework. 

 

Fall 2022 Session Details

Available courses

Course Code Course Title
CST 110 Introduction to Communication (3 cr)
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I (3 cr)
ITE 152

Intro to Digital and Information Literacy and Computer Applications (3 cr)

Note: requires the purchase of textbook by student

MUS 121  Music in Society (3 cr)
PSY 200

Principles of Psychology (3 cr)

Note: requires the purchase of textbook by student

REL 100 Intro to the Study of Religions (3 cr)
SDV 100 College Success Skills (1 cr)

These courses can be used for college credit only. 

Session dates

Session will run from September 19-December 13, 2022.

Registration deadline

Registration deadline is July 15, 2022.

Registration Process

  1. Apply to NOVA at nvcc.edu and secure your 7-digit NOVA ID.
  2. Register at nvcc.dualenroll.com.
  3. Select "Early Online College Fall 2022" for your term and select up to two courses.
  4. Have your parent/legal guardian consent to your course selection.  They will receive an email to complete this action.
  5. To check your application status, log in to nvcc.dualenroll.com.