Senior Citizen Higher Education Act
The Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974 and amendments allow senior citizens to take classes at no charge under certain circumstances. Before the beginning of the semester in which enrollment is desired, the senior citizen must have (1) reached the age of sixty and (2) had legal domicile in Virginia for at least one year.
A senior citizen is entitled to enroll and pay no tuition on a space-available basis for the following types of courses:
- Credit courses – if annual taxable individual income did not exceed $23,850 for Virginia income tax purposes for the previous year. (Must provide a copy of the current Virginia state income tax return)
- Credit courses for audit (no credit)—eligible regardless of income level.
- Non-credit courses – eligible regardless of income level.
To enroll in credit courses go to the admissions and records office on either campus. Please note that senior citizens may not register until the first day of the class. However, senior citizens pursuing a degree who have completed seventy-five percent of degree requirements may enroll at the same time as tuition-paying students.
- Senior citizens must submit an application for admission to RCC.
- Tuition-paying students are accommodated in courses before senior citizens participating in this program may enroll.
- If qualified, senior citizens shall pay no tuition or fees for courses, except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees, subject to a determination by the institution of its ability to offer the course or courses for which the senior citizen registers.
- If a senior citizen applies for free tuition AFTER registering and paying for a class, the individual is not eligible for a refund for that class.
- The College reserves the right to cancel any class.
- Audit and non-credit enrollment is limited to three courses per semester.