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Guidelines for Determining Domicile and Eligibility for In-State Tuition Rates

The information on SCHEV website is to assist persons who are potentially eligible for Virginia in-state residency and in-state tuition rates. It is of necessity abbreviated at times. If there is any conflict between any language on SCHEV website and the Code of Virginia, the Code of Virginia prevails.

These Domicile Guidelines are updated effective October 25, 2016 and supersede the previous guidelines. The Domicile Guidelines are authorized by the Code of Virginia, § 23.1-510(D), which states as follows: “To ensure the application of uniform criteria in administering this section and determining eligibility for in-state tuition charges, the Council shall issue and revise domicile guidelines to be incorporated by all public institutions of higher education in their admissions applications. Such guidelines are not subject to the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.). The Council shall consult with the Office of the Attorney General and provide opportunity for public comment prior to issuing any such guidelines.”

Code of Virginia Relating to Domicile
Financial Benefits for Military Families


  • PART I - Definitions

  • PART II - In-State Tuition Rates for Domiciliary Residents of Virginia

  • PART III - In-State Tuition Rates for Active Duty Military Family Members

  • Part IV - In-State Tuition Rates for Non-Virginia Residents Employed in Virginia

  • Part V - Reduced or In-State Tuition Rates Under Special Arrangement Contracts

  • Part VI - Reduced or In-State Tuition Rates for Other Nonresidents

  • Part VII - Appeals Process


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