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Students with an Ineligible Citizenship or Immigration Status

Virginia Residency

Effective July 1, 2020, any student who:

  • Attended high school for at least two years in the Commonwealth and either (a) graduated on or after July 1, 2008, from a public or private high school or program of home instruction in the Commonwealth or (b) passed on or after July 1, 2008, a high school equivalency examination approved by the Secretary of Education;
  • Has submitted evidence that he or, in the case of a dependent student, at least one parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis has filed, unless exempted by state law, Virginia income tax returns for at least two years prior to the date of registration or enrollment; and
  • Registers as an entering student or is enrolled in a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. 

Students who meet these criteria shall be eligible for in-state tuition regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, except that students with currently valid visas issued under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(F), 1101(a)(15)(H)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(J) (including only students or trainees), or 1101(a)(15)(M) are not eligible. Information obtained in the implementation of this subdivision shall only be used or disclosed to individuals other than the student for purposes of determining in-state tuition eligibility.

In addition, many students that meet these criteria may now be eligible to apply for state financial aid as well.  Please see our Virginia Alternative State Aid (VASA) information webpage for more information concerning this process.

If you recently applied to the college and the Admissions Application automatically assigned you as out-of-state, please email

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