Mar 12

Free College Courses for Senior Citizens in Virginia Public Universities

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I just discovered this from one of my husband’s clients, and thought this was a pretty interesting frugal find! If you are a 60+ year-old Virginia resident, you can apply to take FREE college courses at various universities in the state of Virginia. To find a list of participating universities and colleges click here. You can read more about this act on the Virginia Department of Aging web page for Elder Education here.

Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act

Under provisions of the Virginia Senior Citizens Higher Education Act, a person who is sixty years of age with legal domicile in Virginia for one year before the beginning of a semester may enroll in a state institution of higher learning at no cost (tuition and required fees) provided all tuition-paying students are given first priority for class spaces. Senior citizens who have completed 75% or more of their degree requirements may be allowed to enroll in courses at the same time as tuition-paying students. If the senior citizen had a federal taxable income of not more than $15,000 in the preceding year, the individual may take a course for academic credit without paying tuition. If the person’s taxable income exceeded $15,000, the individual may only audit the course for free. All audits must be approved by the appropriate division chairman. A senior citizen, regardless of income level, may take a noncredit course.

No limit is placed on the number of semesters in which a senior citizen may register for tuition-free courses. The law places no restriction on the number of courses that may be taken for credit in any semester. Audit or credit courses or noncredit courses cannot exceed three courses per semester.

To apply for waiver of tuition and fees, senior citizens must be admitted to the college and complete wavier forms each semester in which classes are taken. Waivers must be approved by the Director of Admission and Records and forms are available in the admissions office.

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