Why does it matter if I am a domiciled Virginia resident?
Virginia domicile reduces your cost of attendance.

The cost of attending a Virginia public college and university is shared between the student and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Out-of-State Appeal
How to establish Virginia Domicile for out-of-state classifications

As required by the SCHEV guidelines, an individual must demonstrate, with clear and convincing evidence, residence in Virginia and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia. After meeting the requirements to establish domicile, an individual must continue to be domiciled in Virginia for exactly 12 months prior to the first day of classes.

The CVCC Application for Admission has a section entitled “Residency”. The answers to the Residency questions are what determine a student’s eligibility for in-state tuition rates. If you are currently classified as out-of-state and you wish to appeal that classification, please complete the Domicile Determination Form.* You will also need to include supporting documentation to verify your Virginia domicile. Supporting documentation can include:

  • Federal (Form 1040) & State (Form VA-760) income tax return
  • Driver's license or identification card
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Voter registration
  • Military records
  • Additional information if required or requested

Please email the Domicile Determination Form and supporting documentation to the Admissions and Records Office at Duncanm@centralvirginia.edu. In the subject line of your email, please enter “Domicile Documentation” and include your CVCC student ID. Cell phone pictures of documentation are acceptable as long as the image is clear and the text on the document is legible.

The completed Domicile Determination Form together with supporting documentation will be reviewed in compliance with the Code of Virginia Title 23.1 Chapter 5. In-State Tuition and Reduced Rate Tuition Eligibility. Incomplete information and/or inadequate documentation will cause delays in processing and may negatively affect the College’s decision.

Please note: An out-of-state tuition status cannot be changed after the first day of the semester. It is important to get your application and documentation in early to avoid being overcharged for tuition. Late appeals will be considered for the following semester.

*Students under the age of 24 should review the self-sufficiency guidelines before completing the Domicile Determination Form.


Out-of-State Tuition Final Appeal

If you have completed the appeal process with the Admissions and Records Office and wish to further appeal the determination of tuition status, you have the right to a final appeal with the Registrar. Students wishing to exercise this right to a final appeal should email a Letter of Explanation to Karen Alexander at AlexanderK2@centralvirginia.edu.

Evaluation of the final appeal will be completed by the first day of classes for the next enrollment term. Retroactive domicile status cannot be granted. Written notification of the college decision will be provided to the student.

Students interested in appealing decisions beyond the final appeal stage can reference the Code of Virginia § 23.1-510. Determinations of eligibility; appeals and guidelines for more information.