To be eligible for in-state tuition rates, a student must have been legally domiciled in Virginia for a period of at least one full year prior to the first day of classes of the planned semester of enrollment at the college. Domicile is a legal concept which means more than simple residency in Virginia.
A student must demonstrate that he/she has been in Virginia for the required 12 months and that he/she plans to remain in the state indefinitely. Documentation generally required to establish domicile may include, but is not limited to:
- a valid Virginia driver's license,
- voter registration card,
- a copy of the student's Virginia income tax return.
If the student is under the age of 24, is on active military duty, has a spouse, parent or legal guardian that is on active military duty, or has been discharged from the military within the last 12 months, additional documentation will be required to verify residency. Learn more about in-state tuition status for military spouses or dependent children. Persons in the aforementioned categories are subject to domicile review. Domicile reviews will not take place during the final registration and late registration periods. Individuals who are classified as out-of-state for tuition purposes and who wish to appeal their classifications, will have to pay the out-of-state tuition rate in order to enroll pending the review of their appeals. Tuition adjustments will be authorized for those whose appeals are upheld. To be eligible for in-state tuition rates, a student must have been legally domiciled in Virginia for a period of at least one full year prior to the first day of classes of the planned semester of attendance. Students who request a change of domicile and present documentation beyond the first day of class will be considered for the subsequent semester.