Tuition and payments



Tuition is determined by the student’s residency status, the number of credit hours for which the student is registered, the student’s course of study and the student’s classification level.

The university reserves the right to revise or alter all tuition and fees, regulations pertaining to student tuition and fees, and collection procedures at any time.

Descriptions of fees

Residency status

Residency refers to the present, fixed home of an individual to which he or she returns following temporary absences, and at which the individual intends to remain indefinitely.

The student’s residency classification will determine whether his or her tuition will be calculated at the in-state or out-of-state rate. Eligibility for in-state tuition is governed by the Code of Virginia. All applicants to VCU who wish to be considered for in-state tuition rates as Virginia residents must submit the Application for Virginia In-state Tuition Rates. The residency determination of the applicant is conveyed at the time of admission.

New and continuing students initially classified as non-Virginians for tuition purposes may request a review of the initial residency determination by contacting the Residency Appeals Officer in the Office of Records and Registration.

An additional source of information referencing the establishment of Virginia domicile is the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Effective July 2006, a student with in-state status for tuition purposes who exceeds 125 percent of the credit hours needed to complete his program will be assessed a tuition surcharge.

Classification and credit hours

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate students registered in 12 or more credits during any semester are classified as full time.

Non-block undergraduate students

Students who are newly admitted to an undergraduate degree or certificate program beginning in or after the fall 2013 semester are classified as non-block for tuition assessment purposes. Non-block undergraduate students registered in less than 15 credit hours are charged a per-credit-hour tuition rate. If registered in 15 or more credit hours, tuition for the additional credits (15 or more) will be assessed at a reduced per-credit-hour-rate. The mandatory fees are charged at a per-credit-hour rate for one to 12 credit hours. The mandatory fees cap at 12 credit hours.

Block undergraduate students

Undergraduate students who were enrolled in a degree or certificate program prior to the fall 2013 semester and are not required to reapply for admissions to the university are classified as block for tuition assessment purposes. Tuition and fees are charged at a flat rate for block undergraduate students enrolled in 12 to 18 credit hours. A block undergraduate student enrolled in more than 18 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee.

Graduate students

Graduate students enrolled in nine to 15 credits during any semester are classified as full time. Tuition and fees are charged at a flat rate. A graduate student enrolled in more than 15 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee.

Part-time students

Students registered for less than a full-time course load are charged a per-credit-hour rate based on their classification/program.

Nondegree-seeking students

Nondegree-seeking students who hold a bachelor’s degree are classified as DHG (Degree Holder Graduate) if they enroll in one or more graduate courses. DHG students are charged graduate tuition rates. DHG students who enroll in nine or more credits are charged at the full-time graduate rate.

Nondegree-seeking students who hold undergraduate degrees are classified as DHU (Degree Holder Undergraduate) if they enroll in all undergraduate courses. DHU students are assessed tuition and fees as a new student. If nondegree-seeking students make changes to their course enrollment by the end of the add/drop week, their classification and charges change in accordance with these guidelines.

Students enrolled in the Office of Continuing and Professional Education courses

Courses offered through the OCPE are assessed tuition and fee charges in addition to the standard tuition and fee rates.