Qualifying for Virginia tuition rates
If you have previously filled out the admission application and just need to complete the application for in-state rates, please complete page six of the downloadable application.
Generally, to be classified as a Virginia resident for tuition purposes, the parent/legal guardian of a minor or dependent student must physically reside in Virginia for at least one year prior to the intended date of enrollment. Payment of state taxes, voter registration, car registration, driver's license and/or military orders are also considered in determining eligibility. Eligibility for students under 24 years of age and/or who are dependents for tax purposes will usually be determined by the parent/ legal guardian's status on the above-mentioned items.
Complete guidelines regarding eligibility for in-state tuition rates are covered in Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. All Virginia public institutions follow these guidelines. Guidelines are available at http://www.schev.edu/.
Please note: Residency decisions must be appealed by July 1.
Upon application for admission, the Application for In-State Tuition is submitted to the Office of Admissions for review and decision. If the applicant is accepted, the residency determination is included in the acceptance letter.
If the student does not agree with the domicile decision, a letter of appeal with supporting documentation should be submitted to the Admissions Office for review and subsequent decision. If the student does not agree with this decision, a written appeal with supporting documentation should be submitted to the Dean of Students. If the student does not agree with this decision, the student may petition the Circuit Court.
The University may initiate a reclassification inquiry at any time after the occurrence of events or a change in facts give rise to a reasonable doubt about the validity of existing residential classification.
A current student wishing to have the domicile changed for tuition purposes should submit a written request with supporting documentation to the Registrar's Office. If the student does not agree with this decision, a written appeal with supporting documentation should be submitted to the Office of the Dean of Students. If the student does not agree with this decision, the student may petition the Circuit Court.
Establishing in-state status while one is a student can occur if the parent(s) of a dependent student moves to Virginia and fulfills the requirements of domicile including the one-year residency. Students classified as out-of-state must present clear and convincing evidence to rebut the presumption that residing in Virginia is primarily to attend school. Residence or physical presence in Virginia primarily to attend college does not entitle students to in-state tuition rates.