Under the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, As Amended 1976, 1977, 1982, 1988, 1999, 2003, and 2015, students at least 60 years of age who have been domiciled in Virginia for one year are eligible to take classes at no charge under certain circumstances.
A senior citizen is entitled to enroll and pay no tuition on a space-available basis for the following types of courses:
- Credit courses, if taxable individual income did not exceed $23,850 for Virginia income tax purposes for the previous year. (Must provide a copy of Virginia state income tax return)
- Credit courses for audit (no credit) - eligible regardless of income level. Limited to three courses per semester.
- Tuition-paying and degree/certificate seeking students are accommodated in courses before senior citizens may enroll.
- You may be required to submit the appropriate documentation verifying their income.
- Each semester, complete and submit Senior Citizens Assistance Agreement form and the Enrollment form (see below)
- Senior Citizens seeking to audit a course, will need to gain permission from the appropriate Academic Division.
Note : Senior citizens cannot register until the first day of classes (refer to the Academic Calendar for applicable dates). However, senior citizens pursuing a degree who have completed seventy-five (75%) percent of the requirements for a degree may register at the same time as tuition-paying students.
Senior Citizens Assistance Agreement Form