Self-Sufficiency Hold

If you are under the age of 24 and indicated you are financially self-sufficient on the Blue Ridge Community College Application for Admission, the application automatically placed a registration hold on your account. The Code of Virginia requires all students under the age of 24 to prove self-sufficiency through clear and convincing evidence before registering for classes at the in-state tuition rate.

Students are not considered “financially self-sufficient” if 50% or more of their expenses are/were covered by a parent or legal guardian within the last 12 months. If the student lives with a parent or legal guardian and does not pay rent to live there, they are not self-sufficient and are considered a “qualifying child” or “qualifying relative” according to the IRS definition.

Please Note: The information gathered will be used to prove Virginia Domicile (Virginia Residency) only. This has nothing to do with financial aid or financial responsibility.

How do I get my hold removed so I can register for classes?

Please review and follow the procedures for the option that best describes your situation.

I am eligible for an exception.

You may be eligible for an exception to the Code of Virginia § 23.1-501 Presumption of dependency for certain students. If you qualify for one of the exceptions listed below, follow the instructions to easily have your registration hold removed. Cell phone pictures of documents are accepted as long as they are legible.

I am a Veteran or an Active Duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States.

  • Email a copy of your active duty orders or your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) to Registrar@brcc.edu

I am currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.

  • Email a copy of your unofficial transcript showing current enrollment to Registrar@brcc.edu

I am married.

I am a Ward of the Court or I was a Ward of the Court until age 18.

I have no adoptive parent or legal guardian and both of my parents are deceased.

I have a legal dependent (child/children).

  • Email a copy of the child’s birth certificate (only one is needed) to Registrar@brcc.edu

I made a mistake. I am not self-sufficient. (most common)

Students under the age of 24 that incurred a registration hold when selecting “I am financially self-sufficient” on their Admissions Application may benefit from claiming Virginia Domicile (VA residency) through a parent or legal guardian. Students are not considered “self-sufficient” if 50% or more of their expenses are/were covered by a parent or legal guardian within the last 12 months. If the student lives with a parent or legal guardian and does not pay rent to live there, they are not self-sufficient and are considered a “qualifying child” or “qualifying relative” according to the IRS definition.

Students wishing to claim VA Domicile through a parent or legal guardian must have the completed Parent or Legal Guardian Form - PDF (requires Acrobat Reader) as well as three supporting documents from the Parent Document List - PDF (requires Acrobat Reader) submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records before the first day of the upcoming semester. The completed form and supporting documents can be submitted online to Registrar@brcc.edu. Cell phone pictures are accepted as long as they are legible.

I did not make a mistake, and I am not eligible for an exception.

If you do not qualify for an exception and you did not make an error on your admissions application, then you will need to go through the appeal process by providing clear and convincing evidence that you are financially self-sufficient and should be charged in-state tuition rates to attend college. Please follow the steps below to start the appeal process.

  1. Complete the Application for In-State Tuition
  2. Supply all documents listed in the Self-Sufficiency Checklist - PDF (requires Acrobat Reader).  Documents may be submitted online to Registrar@brcc.edu. Cell phone pictures of documents will be accepted as long as they are legible.

Am I eligible for In-State Tuition?