Domicile Appeals

Virginia In-state Tuition Eligibility (Domicile)

The Office of the University Registrar applies the Code of Virginia (§ 23.1-500 through 510) to determine whether students are domiciled in Virginia, and thereby qualify for in-state tuition.   In-state tuition eligibility based on University Policy, such as for qualified Doctoral students, is determined by the student’s academic unit and is not administered by this office.  Only specific George Mason University employees are authorized to apply and interpret the Code of Virginia to determine a student’s domicile.  Domicile can be a complex determination.  Here are just some (not all) of the key considerations in deciding if a student qualifies for in-state tuition in Virginia:

  • What is the student’s primary purpose for being in Virginia;
  • Was domicile in Virginia established twelve months or more prior to the beginning of the semester for which in-state tuition is sought;
  • What is the nature and source of the student’s financial resources; and
  • Evidence of domicile, such as Virginia employment, filing of resident Virginia income tax returns, and obtaining a Virginia driver’s license and Virginia vehicle and voting registration.

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.


Appeal Process

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 for Tuition Reclassification to the Certification Section of the Office of the University Registrar by the first day of the semester. However, the sooner you submit your request, the sooner you will obtain a decision.  It is important to note that reviews may take 30 business days, or longer.  Requests submitted at or near the first day of the semester may take much longer to process, and appeal decisions are unlikely to be made prior to University tuition liability deadlines. If your submission is not timely, it will not be reviewed.

Summer 2018:

Summer 2018 appeals no longer being accepted.

Fall 2018:

Request for Tuition Reclassification- Fall 2018


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 for Tuition Reclassification 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.

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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.