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Friday, October 26, 2018

Let's Talk about the Residency Questions on the #UVA Application

While filling out an application to UVA, you'll encounter a question asking if you believe you qualify for in-state tuition. Answering yes will lead to answering some more questions that will be used by the Office of Virginia Status to certify that you have Virginia domicile (that's the real term).

The first set of questions are about you, the applicant. Most students answer "yes' to the question about having a Virginia driver's license and "no" to the rest of the statements. Few students own real estate or are filing tax returns here. They're dependents on a parent or guardian and that means they get their domicile status through their parent.

The second set of questions ask about a parent or guardian. This is where most students provide the info that gets them in-state status. Don't omit the parent section!

The criteria for being considered a Virginia resident is dictated by Virginia law. The Office of Virginia Status at UVA is required to collect this information to make a residency determination. Every year, there are students who assume that being born in Virginia and attending a Virginia high school make their residency status obvious, but the government still requires the status office to verify residency by gathering some very specific information.

You still need to fill out the residency questions if you were born and raised in Virginia!