Military Domicile

All domicile guidelines are determined by the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  Click here for more information!

What is Domicile? 

Domicile is a legal term meaning “the fixed and present home of an individual where he/she returns from temporary absences and where he/she intends to stay indefinitely.”  Basically, domicile is where you live.  

Why is Domicile important? 

  • In order to receive in-state tuition rates, you must either prove you have been residing in Virginia for at least the past year, or you must meet the Military Exception for in-state tuition.  
  • The VA will only pay in-state tuition rates. 

 

Military Exceptions

In compliance with title 38 United States Code Section 3679(c), the following individuals shall be charged the in-state rate, or otherwise considered a resident, for tuition purposes:

  • A Veteran using educational assistance under either chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty Program) or chapter 33 (Post-9/11 G.I. Bill), of title 38, United States Code, who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • Anyone using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (38 U.S.C. § 3319) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (38 U.S.C. § 3311(b)(9)) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  • An individual using educational assistance under chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) who lives in the Commonwealth of Virginia while attending a school located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (regardless of his/her formal State of residence) effective for courses, semesters, or terms beginning after March 1, 2019
  • Anyone described above while he or she remains continuously enrolled (other than during regularly scheduled breaks between courses, semesters, or terms) at the same institution. The person so described must have enrolled in the institution prior to the expiration of the three-year period following discharge or release as described above and must be using educational benefits under either chapter 30, chapter 33, or chapter 31 of title 38, United States Code.  

 

Contact Admissions and Records with questions concerning domicile.

Middletown Campus:  

P: 540-868-7105

F: 540-868-7005

 

Fauquier Campus:

P: 540-351-1510

F: 540-351-1530

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