Senior Citizens

Senior citizens must apply to the college and be admitted as all other students.

There are three ways to apply to Virginia Western:

  • Review instructions and apply online.
  • Download the VWCC Application in PDF format. Return the completed application to the Virginia Western Enrollment Office in Chapman Hall Rm 108, by fax at 540-857-6163 or by mail at:

    VWCC Enrollment Center
    3094 Colonial Avenue SW
    Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Request a mailed application by contacting the Virginia Western Enrollment Office at 540-857-7231.

You may also download the Application for In-State Tuition in PDF format.

Resources for students over age 50

Persons who have attended Virginia Western within the last three years or applied to Virginia Western within the last year are not required to complete a new Application for Admission.

Under the Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, amended in 1976, 1977, 1982, and 1988, anyone who is 60 years of age or older, who is a legal domiciliary of Virginia, and whose Virginia taxable income does not exceed $15,000 is eligible to enroll in credit courses for academic credit at the college.

Senior citizens may register for and audit courses offered for academic credit (with the exception of the Motorcycle Rider Safety course), or for courses offered as non-credit.

Senior citizens registering for courses under the provisions of the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act must complete a Senior Citizen Tuition Assistance Agreement Form (PDF) 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.

Please view Virginia Western’s policy here.

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