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125% Rule for In-State Tuition

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 entry dates Fall 2006 and after may not exceed attempted 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 attempted (Virginia Tech and Transfer) are used in the calculation of the percentage. The requirement does allow the subtraction of credits awarded for Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, International Baccalaureate, and Credit by Exam from the attempted totals. Important resources to assist you so as to avoid the credit hour surcharge include:

Filing Appeals:

Students may file an appeal of the credit hour surcharge based on one or more of the following reasons:  

  • Medical documentation of illness
  • Medical documentation of a disability
  • Documentation of active services in the armed services military
  • One time major change from undecided major to degree major as required by the following majors:  BUS, GBSC, GE, LFSC, US  

Documentation and letter of appeal may be forwarded to:

Office of the University Registrar
250 Student Services Building (0134)
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061