Virginia Residency

Students Below Age 24

If you are legally and financially dependent on your parents, a legal guardian or spouse, your eligibility for in-state tuition is based on their domicile (residency). You will be classified as a dependent student if you are under age 24 on the first day of classes unless you are:

  • Married
  • A veteran or active-duty member of the U. S. armed forces
  • In graduate school
  • 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

If you are under the age of 24 and do not meet any of the independent student conditions noted above, you are considered dependent and must demonstrate through clear and convincing evidence that you are independent. Your parents will need to provide documentation that they do not claim you as a dependent on their federal or state income tax return and have ceased to provide you with substantial financial support.