Priority Registration

NOVA Student? Advance to Mason

Northern Virginia Community College and Mason created the ADVANCE program to streamline your path to a four-year degree.

Mason offers veterans, active-duty personnel, Reservists, and Guardsmen priority registration following the completion of their first semester here.

The Board of Visitors passed Priority Registration for Active Duty, Reservists, Guard and Veterans, which extends priority registration to this population for the standard terms of Fall and Spring. Eligible students will be assigned the earliest time ticket available.

Those who are using VA benefits to cover their education costs will likely see their time tickets update automatically.

If you're not using benefits, contact us at 703-993-1316. You'll need to submit a source document showing proof of service. This can include a DD 214 or an active military ID. To get priority registration, submit your source document by:

  • April 1 for fall semester.
  • Nov. 1 for spring semester.
  • No Priority registration for Summer terms

Updates usually take 24 hours to process in the student information system.

Matt Wilkes, left, a U.S. Marine veteran and Mason student, spoke at the Volgenau School of Engineering’s degree celebration. His family includes children Madison, McKinley, and Tyler, and his wife, Nicole. “It’s always about hard work and dedication,” said Wilkes, who rose to the rank of sergeant before leaving the service. “What I learned in the Marine Corps is that you have a job, and you’re going to do your job. No matter how hard it is, it’s your responsibility.”