What qualifies a student for in-state tuition?
To be eligible for the lower tuition rate available to in-state students, a student must meet the statutory test for domicile set forth in Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. Domicile is a technical legal concept, and a student’s status is determined objectively through the impartial application of established criteria. In general, to establish domicile, students must be able to (l) verify that for at least one year immediately preceding the first official day of classes their permanent home was in Virginia, and (2) that they intend to stay in V irginia indefinitely after graduation.
Residence in Virginia primarily to attend college does not establish eligibility for the in-state tuition rate. Under Virginia law, students under age 24 are presumably dependent on their parent or guardian, and the parent/guardian’s domicile determines the student’s tuition rate.
Students re-enrolling in the College after an absence of one or more semesters must re-apply for domiciliary status and are subject to the same criteria as entering students. A matriculating student whose domicile has changed may request reclassification from out-of-state to in-state; however, reclassification must be applied for before the beginning of the academic semester. Any student may ask for a written review of an adverse decision, but a change in classification will be made only when justified by clear and convincing evidence. Inquiries about domicile should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.
Are on-campus banking facilities available?
A check-cashing service is available to students at the main desk of the Campus Center. There is a limit of $25 per check. In addition, there are automatic teller machines (ATMs) in both the Campus Center and Sadler Center lobbies. We strongly recommend that students open an account with a local bank instead of relying on their home bank. Most local banks will assist students in opening accounts by mail prior to their arrival in Williamsburg so they can receive service from the day they arrive. Find information concerning local banks in the Resource Directory section of this handbook.
Can students purchase used textbooks on campus?
With the cost of college textbooks on the rise, the College Bookstore purchases as many used books as it can. These books are located, along with new books, in the textbook section of the store, sorted by department and class section. At the end of each semester students may be able to sell their texts back. The Bookstore then sells them at a discount the following semester.
The Student Assembly also runs a used textbook exchange. They gather textbooks from students at the end of each semester and sell them at the beginning of the following semester for 50% of the cover price. This is the cheapest way to buy used books in Williamsburg. New students are encouraged to purchase books through this process at the end of Orientation.
Is a pass needed to park on campus?
Yes. A valid decal or parking pass is required at all times between 7:30 a.m. Monday and 5:00 p.m. Friday. Decals and passes are not required on the weekends.
Do family and friends need a decal when they visit students? Where can they park?
Visitors should stop by the Parking Office (M-F, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) to obtain a temporary visitor pass. This pass allows you to park in Faculty/Staff, Day, or Resident parking. Guests that arrive after 4:30 p.m. can obtain a complimentary pass from the William & Mary Police Dispatch window. This pass is valid through 10:00 a.m. the following morning.
Visitors may park in any spot on weekends (starting at 5:00 p. m. on Friday through 7:30 a.m. on Monday).
May freshman and sophomore students have a car if they live on campus?
Not unless special permission is given by the appeals board.
What are enforcement hours of meters?
Metered spaces are located in high demand areas and are intended for high turnover. Anyone except students with Restricted Use permits can park at a meter and everyone except those displaying a valid handicapped tag must pay. Meters are enforced Monday through Friday, except for the meters located by the Muscarelle Museum in the Morton Lot, which are enforced 7 days a week. Monday through Thursday after 5:00 p.m., customers with a decal or visitor’s pass are not required to pay at a meter.
All other customers should continue to pay according to usage. Report meter malfunctions to Parking Services at 221-4764.
Multiple citations can be issued at meters. For example, at a 30-minute meter, tickets for expired meter violations can be written at least 30 minutes apart. Meters by design will only accept the required coinage for maximum time (30 Min, 1 hr, or 2 hr). Overfeeding a meter will not register additional time beyond the maximum limit.
Can my student transfer his/her decal to another vehicle?
No. Decals may not be transferred to another vehicle. Your student must return the original decal and purchase an additional decal for $5.00. Hangtags may be moved from car to car as long as each vehicle is registered with Parking Services.
What should my student do if he/she needs to use a different vehicle for one day?
Parking Services will issue a temporary pass for the day. The student must provide the license plate number of the vehicle he/she is driving that day.
Where can I park if I need to load or unload heavy items?
You may pick up a loading pass, which allows parking in Faculty/Staff or Student parking for 30 minutes. You may not park on sidewalks or grass to gain close access to a building. Loading passes are not required on the day when first-year students arrive in August. You do not need a pass for spring move-out either, but a 1-hour loading limit is strictly enforced.
These listings are for informational purposes only. The businesses/organizations shown below are neither endorsed by the College nor screened by its representatives.
*Churches in the Williamsburg area encourage students to attend regular worship services and participate in special activities of the church. The Saturday edition The Virginia Gazette, our local paper, has a complete listing of all area churches.
Various non-denominational organizations, such as the William & Mary Christian Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, meet regularly in the Campus Center. For meeting times and locations, contact the Office of Student Activities.
In addition, the Campus Ministries United (CaMU) has established a resource and coordinating center to provide information for the College community regarding denominational services, to serve as a clearinghouse for the best use of facilities and resources of the supporting denominations, and to act as a harmonizing agent for some of the helping services available at William & Mary.
The following student religious organizations are active at William & Mary. Most of these are sponsored by local churches and are provided special facilities through them.
Hospitality, Inc. (in partnership with the William & Mary Alumni
Hersha manages the Springhill Suites by Marriott and the Residence Inn by Marriott. Both hotels are located close to campus (on Richmond Road) and offer William & Mary alumni and parents a 20% discount on room rates.
Log on to www.marriott.com/phfrw for Residence Inn or www.marriott.com/phfsh for Springhill Suites. To make your reservations by phone, call 757-941-3000 for the Springhill Suites (rate code WAYJ) or 757-941-2000 for the Residence Inn (rate code WAYK). For more information, contact Cindy Gillman at the Alumni Association at 757-221-1168.