Domicile for Virginia
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) provides general, descriptive information about establishing Virginia domicile in order to qualify for in-state tuition. The conditions by which a student may be considered "in-state" for purposes of tuition classification are set forth by Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. Its attendant guidelines outline the requirements that students must meet to be classified as "in-state" for educational purposes.
An overview of the basic requirements for demonstrating and/or establishing Virginia domicile is offered below. For the most current and detailed information, please visit SCHEV's website.Basic Requirements
Domicile Affidavit to become eligible for in-state tuition, a student shall establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the first day of classes, he or she was domiciled in Virginia and has abandoned any previous domicile, or that the person on whom the student is legally and financially dependent was domiciled in Virginia.
Under 24: Dependent and Independent Students
Several factors are used to determine if a person demonstrates intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely. A college or university may ask for information from you or your parents about the following factors:
- Continuous residence in Virginia
- Social and economic ties
- Ownership of real property
- Sources of financial support
- Current employment in Virginia
- Enrollment in Virginia post-graduate program
- Military records
- State in which income taxes are paid
- Voter registration, and actual voting
- Driver's license
A dependent student is a student who receives substantial financial support from his or her parents or legal guardian. If you are under age 24 on the first day of classes, an institution will automatically classify you as a dependent student unless you:
- are married
- are a veteran or active-duty member of the U.S. armed forces
- are a graduate or first-professional student
- are a ward of the court or were a ward of the court until age 18
- have no adoptive or legal guardian when both parents are deceased
- have legal dependents other than a spouse.
~A college or university in Virginia looks at the parents' domicile to determine if a dependent student is eligible for in-state tuition or state financial aid programs.
~If you are older than 24 and do not meet any of these six conditions, the only way you can be classified as an independent student is if you convince the institution that you are financially self-sufficient.
~If you are not classified as a dependent student, you may establish your own Virginia domicile.
Veterans, Military Members, Spouses and Dependents
A married person may establish domicile like any other student. A person's domicile is not automatically altered by marriage. However, if a student receives substantial financial support from his or her spouse, the student may claim domicile through the spouse. In such cases, the college or university will look at the spouse's domicile to determine if the student is eligible for in-state.
Veterans, military members, military spouses, and military dependents should review the State Council's website
for the most current information regarding the establishment of Virginia domicile and the
provisions for in-state tuition rates.Aliens
If you are a student at a public institution and you do not establish domicile in Virginia, you might still qualify for in-state tuition if you are:
Please contact the college or university you plan to attend to obtain more information about these ways to qualify for in-state tuition.101 North Fourteenth Street
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