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College Catalog: Tuition, Fees and Other Expenses: Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates

The Admissions Office is responsible for making an initial determination of eligibility for in-state tuition rates, based on information provided by the student in the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, included with College application materials. Eligibility is determined by using State Council for Higher Education guidelines pertaining to Section 23.7 of the Code of Virginia. To be eligible for the in-state tuition rates, students must be domiciled in Virginia for a minimum of one year before the first official day of classes. If a student’s parent or parents are employed full-time in Virginia but live out of state, special provisions for determining eligibility for reduced tuition rates exist. Spouses and dependents of active duty military personnel are entitled to show eligibility for in-state tuition rates in the same manner as nonmilitary personnel, except the one-year durational period may be waived for active duty military personnel (and their dependent children) who voluntarily elect Virginia as their permanent residence for domiciliary purposes. Effective July 1, 2006, spouses and dependent children of military members stationed in Virginia who reside in Virginia are eligible for in-state tuition rates. Proof of both residency and station orders must be submitted to the Admissions Office for verification. Generally, in order to be eligible for in-state tuition rates, the student must be a legal “domicile” of Virginia for at least one full year prior to the planned semester of enrollment at the College. Domicile is a technical legal concept, which means more than simple “residency” in the State of Virginia. A legal domicile must demonstrate his/her intention of remaining in Virginia indefinitely. Demonstration of intent is usually accomplished through objective evidence such as driver’s license, automobile registration, voter registration, payment of Virginia income taxes, ownership of real property, etc. A student under the age of 24 usually assumes the domicile of the parent(s), unless the student is legally emancipated; a student over the age of 24 may establish his/her own domicile independent of the parent(s). Additional information about eligibility can be obtained from the Admissions Office. Students who disagree with an initial determination of eligibility made by the Admissions Office may appeal the decision following the Appeals Process for Determinations of Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates. The Domiciliary Appeals Process is provided to help resolve disagreements by students.