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Virginia In-state Tuition Eligibility (Domicile)
Only students domiciled in Virginia qualify for in-state tuition. George Mason University carefully reviews the domicile status of all students under the Code of Virginia (§ 23-7.4). Only specific individuals are authorized to apply and interpret the Code of Virginia. No other indication or determination of domicile by any other institutional office, department, program, or staff represents the official institutional determination of domicile for George Mason University. Here are the key considerations in deciding if a student qualifies for in-state tuition in Virginia:
- Primary purpose for being in Virginia other than to obtain an education;
- Establishment of a domicile in Virginia for a period of twelve months or more prior to the beginning of the term for which in-state tuition is sought;
- Nature and source of financial resources;
- Various evidence of domicile, such as ownership of a primary residence, permanent Virginia employment, payment of resident Virginia income taxes, registration and actual voting in Virginia; and
- Financial dependence on a Virginia domiciliary, or financial independence
Each case has its own set of facts. There is no set checklist of items that will guarantee classification as a resident for tuition purposes. For more detailed information, please go to the Domicile FAQs.
The Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Graduate Admissions Office that admitted you to the University initially determines your domicile and eligibility for in-state tuition using the Application for In-State Tuition Rates. If you have questions regarding your initial tuition classification, you should contact the office that admitted you to the University.
According to Virginia law and University policy, a student has the right to appeal the initial admission-level determination if denied in-state tuition privileges. If you intend to appeal, you must submit a Request to Reclassify Domicile and Tuition Classification to the Certification Section of the Office of the University Registrar prior to the first day of class. If your submission is not timely, it will not be reviewed.
If the Certification Section affirms the denial of eligibility, you may request further reconsideration. This request for reconsideration must be made by submitting the Request for Reconsideration no more than 15 calendar days after receipt of the Request to Reclassify Domicile and Tuition Classification decision. Untimely requests will not be reviewed.
Final University Appeal
If your request for reconsideration is denied, you have the right to final University review by the Domicile and Tuition Classification Appeals Committee. This request must be made by submitting the Request for Final University Review to the Chairperson of the Domicile and Tuition Classification Appeals Committee no more than 15 calendar days after receipt of the Request for Reconsideration decision. Untimely requests will not be reviewed by the Domicile and Tuition Classification Appeals Committee.
This web site and accompanying materials have been prepared by the George Mason University Office of the University Registrar for informational purposes only, and may not be construed as "Legal Advice" or an official determination of eligibility for in-state tuition by the Office of the University Registrar.
Because this web site is not intended to be a determination of eligibility for in-state tuition, the reader should not rely on any information provided in this website as such.
It is incumbent on the student to apply for change in domiciliary status on becoming eligible for such change. Changes in domiciliary status shall only be granted prospectively from the date such application is received. (See Va. Code § 23-7.4(D))