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Eligibility for In-State Tuition

Generally, the residency classification is determined at the time of application for admission.

Reduced tuition charges are subsidized by the taxpayers of Virginia. Eligibility is governed by Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. To be eligible for in-state status, Virginia must be the present, fixed home of the individual to which she or he returns following temporary absences and at which he or she intends to stay indefinitely. Residence or physical presence in Virginia primarily to attend the University does not entitle a student to in-state tuition rates.

The student's primary purpose in moving to Virginia must have been to establish him- or herself as a resident of Virginia. Residence must have been continuous for 365 days preceding the first day of classes.

In-state tuition privileges are granted only upon application for in-state tuition classification. The applicant must document eligibility (see Applying for In-State Tuition). Students who have not been enrolled for one year or longer must reapply for in-state tuition status.

Non-degree students who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates must submit the completed application with their non-degree entry form.

The University makes its decisions according to the applicable state law (Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia), guidelines specific to that law, and within procedures developed to conform with requirements of law. Copies of University procedures and the State law are available in the Reserve department of the University Libraries. The state code is also available at the SCHEV website.

A quick-reference PDF brochure, published by SCHEV, is also available at www.schev.edu/SCHEV/Publications/domicilebrochure.pdf.

Due to the complexity of the law, students are advised to avoid making assumptions or relying on information from persons not directly responsible for administering the policy.

It is the responsibility of the student to establish or to file an appeal to change his/her residency classification prior to the start of classes for the term in question.