The tuition equity bill that passed the Virginia General Assembly in 2020 is life-changing for undocumented students in Virginia. This bill makes in-state tuition accessible to ALL Virginia high school graduates and it is a huge victory to ensure that immigration status won’t prevent ambitious young Virginians from accessing affordable, in-state tuition.
Below, you will find information about the expansion of in-state tuition in Virginia, which we hope can help students and their families as they make their final college decisions. If you or your family are considering accessing in-state tuition, or if you know students who will now be able to access in-state tuition, please read, follow and/or share the following guidance:
Virginia Tuition Equity Bill Information
BACKGROUND: The In-State Tuition Equity Bill passed both the House (HB 1547) and Senate (SB 935) of Virginia’s General Assembly on February 27, 2020 and was signed by the Governor on April 11, 2020. The bill took effect on July 1, 2020 and allows all residents of Virginia to access in-state tuition at all 39 of Virginia’s public colleges and universities.
WHO CAN ACCESS IN-STATE TUITION: All residents of Virginia will be able to access in-state tuition provided they can prove eligibility using the criteria below.
HOW DO YOU PROVE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR IN-STATE TUITION:
- You graduated from a Virginia high school or completed your GED on or after July 1, 2008
- You or your parent/guardian has filed taxes in Virginia for at least two years prior to registration or enrollment.
- You are enrolling in a public college within the state of Virginia
HOW TO PREPARE TO ACCESS IN-STATE TUITION:
- You and/or your parent/guardian should file your taxes in Virginia. You can find a number of free or low-cost tax filing services through the State of Virginia here.
- If you and/or your parent/guardian haven’t filed past year taxes in Virginia, it’s not too late! Learn more about filing your taxes late here.
- As you are deciding which college to attend, consider how in-state tuition will compare to the costs associated with attending a private college.
I know these are difficult times — if any Dream Scholars or their families experience an unexpected financial emergency which impacts their ability to pay school expenses, the Herman Loan Fund is available to help. You can find more information about the Herman Loan Fund here.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Dream Project at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or specific needs during the coming months.