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Domicile is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “a person’s fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes.”  In Virginia, domicile is important for students at public and private institutions. Generally, state financial aid programs and in-state tuition are reserved for Virginia students who have domicile.

An individual must demonstrate residence in Virginia and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia. After meeting the requirements to establish domicile, a person must continue to be domiciled in Virginia for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes.

Demonstrating residence can be tricky.  Several factors are used to determine if a person demonstrates intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely. A college or university may ask for information from you or your parents about the following:

  • Continuous residence in Virginia
  • Social and economic ties
  • Ownership of real property
  • Sources of financial support
  • Current employment in Virginia
  • Employment in Virginia postgraduation
  • Military records
  • State to which income taxes are paid
  • Voter registration and actual voting
  • Driver’s license
  • Motor vehicle registration

 Next time: What is a FAFSA?


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