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In-State Tuition for military students and Families




The Code of Virginia specifies several ways that a student may be eligible for in-state tuition rates.  Students are eligible if they are domiciliary residents of Virginia or if they qualify under one of the exception provisions, including an exception for military spouses and dependents. 

Military Spouses and Dependent Children

Eligibility: As the spouse or dependent child of an active duty military personnel, or activated or temporarily mobilized reservists or guard members, you are eligible for in-state tuition if:

a. the active duty service member is assigned to a permanent 

     duty station or workplace geographically located in Virginia, or in a

    state contiguous to Virginia or the District of Columbia; and

b. you reside in Virginia.

Supporting documentation:  For spouses of military service members and their dependents:

a. proof (e.g., military orders) of spouse's active duty, activation or mobilization status and permanent duty or geographicaly workplace assignment in Virginia,

b. verification of military member and dependent's residence in    

     Virginia (e.g., driver's license, or any number of ways of   

     demonstrating residency in Virginia, such as a copy of a utility 

     bill, a lease, etc.), and

c. dependent military ID card.

Eligibility Details: Virginia State Law HB524 provides guidance for obtaining in-state tuition for military dependents.

Military Service Members

Active duty military members, activated guard or reservist members, or guard or reservist members mobilized or on temporary active orders for six months or more, that are stationed or assigned by their military service to a work location in Virginia, and residing in Virginia, shall pay tuition, at the in-state tuition rate.

Active duty military members residing in Virginia and retired military personnel residing in Virginia at the time of their retirement who voluntarily elects to establish domicile in Virginia shall pay tuition, at the in-state tuition rate. A person's domicile is his or her present, fixed home to which he or she returns following temporary absences and at which he or she intends to stay indefinitely.  Intent to establish  domicile may be supported by actions such as changing the LES to reflect Virginia withholding, registering to vote, obtaining a  Virginia driver's license, registering cars in Virginia, etc.   For these persons, the requisite one-year waiting period prior to being eligible for in-state tuition is waived, if all other conditions for establishment of domicile are satisfied.

(Note:  To initiate payment of Virginia income tax, military members should contact their military pay office and complete a DD Form 2058 in duplicate. Service members can verify completion of the DD2058 by presenting to the college an LES showing Virginia as their tax situs or a letter from their command verifying the change of tax situs to Virginia. Additionally, supporting factors must be put in place while on active duty.)

For additional information contact the Enrollment Services/Admissions Center on the campus you plan to attend. 


Admission Procedures for Military Personnel, Spouses and Dependent Children

TCC On-Base Military Office Locations Providing Student Enrollment Services

In-state Tuition Department of Defense News Highlights:

provides information regarding eligibility of active duty military service members and their families for in-state college tuition rates in home state or duty assignment.