Virginia Commonwealth University

Residency

Residency is initially determined at the time of application for admission to the University.

Students desiring a change of residency status from out-of-state to in-state for tuition purposes should file an Application for Change of Domicile available from the Office of Records and Registration. The student must present clear and convincing evidence that he or she is not residing in the state primarily to attend school. Changes in residency status shall only be granted from the date the application is received. The application deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the semester. It is strongly recommended that applications be submitted earlier than the stated deadline. Processing time may require four to six weeks.

It is the responsibility of the student to establish or to file an appeal to change his/her residency classification prior to the start of classes for the term under consideration. Our service to students is limited to assuring that they understand the procedures for appealing, and that they have access to information about the relevant sections of the Code of Virginia. We provide information about the steps of our process and access to the applicable sections of the statute and the associated Guidelines. We provide qualified staff to review the appeals and make decisions based on the information students provide. What we cannot do is provide advisement to students as to how to present their case for review; we cannot become the student's advocate since we must make the decision.