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Contact: Laura Osberger
January 21, 2021
For immediate release
RICHMOND — At its regularly scheduled meeting on January 11, 2021, the State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) approved the following higher education guidelines related to domicile and the development of transfer-related pathway maps.
Domicile Guidelines: Legislation from the 2020 General Assembly created new provisions for in-state tuition eligibility for dependents and children of active-duty military, refugees, individuals with special immigrant visas and recent high school graduates regardless of immigration or citizenship status. These updates provide guidance to higher education institutions in the implementation of state domicile law regarding in-state tuition eligibility. SCHEV staff worked with institutional domicile officers, legal counsel and student advocacy groups to develop the associated guidance needed for these new provisions, which became effective July 1, 2020, and were available to students as of the fall 2020 term. The updated guidelines and summary (Addendum C) are available on the tuition and aid section of the SCHEV website.
Public Higher Education Policy Guidelines for the Development of Pathway Maps: These guidelines provide a framework for public higher education institutions to use in developing maps that provide a clear path for community college students to know what courses they should take at a community college that will transfer to their desired degree program at a baccalaureate institution. The goal of the maps are to facilitate seamless pathways from community college to bachelor’s degree programs at public institutions and avoid additional time and costs that could be incurred. These maps are a result of legislation passed during the 2018 General Assembly.
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The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan: schev.edu/TheVirginiaPlan.
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