Academic Catalog

Senior Citizens

A legal resident of Virginia 60 years of age or older shall be permitted under regulations prescribed by the State Council of Higher Education to:

  1. register for and enroll free of charge in courses as a full-time or part-time student for academic credit if such citizen has an individual taxable income not exceeding $23,850 for federal income tax purposes for the year preceding the year in which the enrollment is sought,
  2. register for and audit courses offered for academic credit, and
  3. register for and enroll in non-credit courses in any state institution of higher education in this Commonwealth on a space-available basis.

Senior citizens pay no tuition or fees except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees, but shall be subject to the admission requirements of the institution and a determination by the institution of its ability to offer the course or courses for which the senior citizen registers.

A legal resident of Virginia 60 years of age or older with Federal taxable income not exceeding $23,850 may audit credit courses or enroll in non-credit courses without paying general University fees, but must pay general University fees to take courses for University credit. Additional information is available through the Office of the Registrar (540-654-1063).