Policy Number: I-32
Last Reviewed: January 14, 2014
Responsible Dept.: Dean of Student Services
Senior citizens are eligible to take advantage of free tuition as outlined in the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974. "Senior Citizen" shall mean any person, who before the beginning of any semester in which such person claims entitlement to senior citizen benefits, (1) has reached sixty years of age, and (2) has had his legal domicile in Virginia for one year.
A senior citizen shall be entitled:
Such senior citizen shall pay no tuition or fees for courses offered for academic credit or for courses not offered for academic credit, except fees established for the purpose of paying for course materials, such as laboratory fees, subject to a determination by the institutions of its ability to offer the course or courses for which the senior citizen registers.
Senior citizens registering for courses under the provisions of the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act must complete a Senior Citizen Tuition Assistance Agreement Form prior to the class starting date. In addition, senior citizens registering under the provisions of this Act may register only after tuition-paying students are accommodated, unless the senior citizen has completed 75% of their degree requirements at Virginia Western.
Senior citizens who wish to confirm space in a class can also register and pay as students enrolling outside of the provisions of this Act. However, no refunds will be issued.
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