In-State Residency

Domicile in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Generally, state financial aid programs and in-state tuition are reserved for Virginia domiciliaries (that is, residents of Virginia). As one of Virginia's public institutions, William and Mary adheres to the domiciliary requirements set forth by Virginia law. Reduced tuition charges are subsidized by the taxpayers of Virginia, and eligibility is governed by Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia.

The following links provides source documents concerning domicile.  All determinations of in-state tuition eligibility are dictated by the Code of Virginia and the regulations set forth by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Domicile Guidelines. 

Please contact our office if you have any specific questions about your domiciliary status.

Domicile at William & Mary

To be eligible for in-state status, an individual (or the parent, legal guardian or spouse who provides financial support) must demonstrate residence in Virginia and an intent to remain in Virginia indefinitely to establish domicile in Virginia then maintain domicile in Virginia for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes. Your primary purpose in moving to Virginia must have been to establish yourself as a resident of Virginia, not to attend school.  All applicants for admission to The College of William and Mary, both new and re-entry, who seek Virginia in-state tuition rates, must complete an Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Privileges.

 Application to Determine Physical Residency/In-State Tuition (pdf)

The Code of Virginia provides for appeals.  More information on the appeal process at The College of William and Mary can be found here.

Credit hour surcharge

Students who qualify for in-state tuition privileges must pay a surcharge (generally calculated at out-of-state tuition rates) for courses taken after completion of 125% of the credit hours required for the degree.  For example, for a bachelors degree requiring 120 credit hours, this would mean that any credits taken beyond 150 (or 125% of 120) would be charged at the out-of-state rate.  Certain exceptions apply, including AP/IB credits; see Section 23-7.4:F of the Code of Virginia for more information.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the application is either the admission application deadline, or the first day of classes of the semester for which in-state status is sought, whichever is earlier. No change in status will be granted for a semester in progress. Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Privileges (pdf) are also available from the various admission offices. Any questions about domicile eligibility should be directed to the Registrar's Office in Blow Memorial Hall at [[domicile]].