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Residential Tuition

Virginia International University offers residential tuition for permanent residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) or District of Columbia (DC). This tuition only applies to students enrolled in a residential (on-campus-based) program at VIU.

To be considered for the residential tuition, the student must be enrolled in a degree program on a full-time or part-time basis and meet all of the following criteria:

  1. An individual must demonstrate residence in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia and an intent to remain in those states indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia.
  2. A US citizen, US permanent resident (green card holder), H1-B, or similar visa holder who has domiciled in Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia at least 12 month preceding the first day of classes.

NOTE: Any holder of student visa and their dependents (For example, F-1, F2, J-1, J-2, M-1, M-2) are not eligible for the residential tuition. For additional information about residency classification you may refer to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia website at www.schev.edu. All public institutions of higher education in the state of Virginia are governed by Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia found at http://www.schev.edu/index/tuition-aid/in-state-residency Domicile Guidelines can be found on this website.

To be considered for the residential tuition, a student must submit the following supporting documents:

  1. The most recently filed state tax return form
  2. Driver’s license or State identification card
  3. Proof of US permanent residency or citizenship
  4. Proof of current acceptable non-immigrant visa status
  5. Proof of relationship may be requested

To be considered for the residential tuition, the student must fill out an Application for the Residency Tuition. The application for residential tuition is initially reviewed by the Office of Admissions and should be submitted with your admission application. Based upon the information provided by the applicant and parents, (if required), the Office of Admissions will render one of three decisions:

  1. The applicant will be classified as residential tuition
  2. The applicant will be required to provide additional documentation
  3. The applicant will be classified as non-residential tuition

Students who qualified for residential tuition in one calendar year will continue to be qualified for residential tuition for the rest of semester in the same calendar year. When it becomes the following year, the Accounting Office will email students who were previously qualified for residential tuition to provide the most recently filed state tax return form. The deadline to apply for this residential tuition is the add/drop deadline for the semester. Applications after deadlines will only be considered for the following semester.

A parent, or legal guardian, can apply on behalf of students under the age of 24. Spouses may also apply on behalf of their partner, provided the student in question is listed as a dependent on the state income tax filing for the most recent year.

Residential Tuition

Level/Program Per Credit Per Course Per Semester
Graduate $508.00 $1,524.00 $4,572.00
TESOL $508.00 $1,524.00 $4,572.00
Undergraduate $392.00 $1,176.00 $4,704.00
ESL $9/hour $1,260.00 (per 7-week; 20hrs/week) $1,260.00 (per 7-week; 20hrs/week)