The Code of Virginia establishes rules for eligibility for in-state tuition for all students enrolled at public institutions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Section 23.1-509 of the Code of Virginia further requires undergraduate students to maintain progress toward the degree to comply with continued eligibility for in-state tuition.
Students with initial entry dates of Fall 2006 and after may not exceed completed hours that total 125% of the minimum credit hours needed for a specific degree program and retain in-state tuition eligibility. Students exceeding 125% will be assessed a surcharge for each semester of continued enrollment after exceeding the credit hour threshold. For the purpose of this state law, all credits completed (UVA and transfer) are used in the calculation of the percentage.
Appealing the Surcharge
Students who have already been charged the surcharge have the option to appeal it by completing and submitting a Credit Hour Threshold Appeal Form. This form is to be used by students receiving notification of the Virginia credit hour threshold limits. Complete appeal forms should be submitted to Student Financial Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). Appeals will be received by Student Financial Services and reviewed by your school of enrollment.
Reasons to file an appeal may include:
- Death or long-term disability of immediate family member, person providing financial support, or dependent
- Involuntary loss of student employment resulting in withdrawal from a term
- Illness, disability, or other medical issues effecting progress of student
- Active or reserve service in the armed forces of the United States or other state or national military mobilization
- Other state or national emergency
- Service in AmeriCorps or Peace Corps
Any other requests for waiver may be submitted to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) if deemed necessary by the 125% Appeals Committee. The 125% Appeals Committee will meet at least once per semester on an as-needed basis. Students are notified by email as to the outcome of their appeal. All decisions of the 125% Appeals Committee are final. Students may request a review based only on new information. Any information the student feels may be pertinent to their appeal, should be attached as supporting documentation. Inquiries about the surcharge and about specific conditions for its appeal can be made to Student Financial Services.
For more information, please see Credit Threshold and 125% Rule FAQs.