Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia governs eligibility for in-state tuition. A Virginia resident is one who has been domiciled in and has been an actual bona fide legal resident of Virginia, and has paid taxes to Virginia for one full year prior to enrolling.
Domicile involves more than presence in Virginia for a one-year period. It involves the intent to be a Virginian and the unqualified intention to remain so. The burden of proving domicile rests with the applicant. The intent of domicile is evidenced by the filing and payment of state income tax, voter registration, automobile registration, driver’s license, and the like. All applicants to the college who claim entitlement to Virginia in-state tuition rates must complete the domicile items on the application for admission.
Students under the age of 24 who do not qualify as independent students in Section B of the form must have a parent or legal guardian complete Section C of the form. Domicile for these students is based on their parents’ or legal guardians’ domicile. A Virginia in-state resident is one who has been domiciled in Virginia, and is and has been an actual bona fide legal resident of Virginia for a period of at least one year prior to the commencement of the term or semester for which enrollment is planned.
Residency Determination Appeal
Responsibility for the initial determination of domiciliary residence rests with the Admissions and Records Office. The Admissions and Records Office will use information from the Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates and the guidelines on interpretation of Section 23-7.4 of the Virginia Code.
A student who wishes to appeal residency status may request a review by the dean of student development.
A student who wishes to appeal the decision of the dean of student development may request a review by the vice president for instruction and student affairs. The steps in this process are outlined in the Student Grievance Procedure in the Student Handbook.