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With higher education costs continuing to increase across the commonwealth and nationwide, Virginia’s Community Colleges remain a smart choice for students who are beginning postsecondary education or returning to college mid-career.

Virginia’s Community Colleges are meeting an affordable tuition goal: tuition will not exceed half of the average cost to attend a public four-year institution in Virginia.

For the 2018-19 academic year, in-state tuition and mandatory fees for our colleges will be approximately $4,620 for two semesters of full-time study (15 credit hours per semester).

Tuition rates set by the State Board for Community Colleges for the 2018-2019 academic year (adopted May 2018) are as follows:

  • Virginia Resident – $154.00  per credit hour
  • Out-of-State Resident – $351.60  per credit hour

A tuition differential is charged at Northern Virginia, J. Sargeant Reynolds, John Tyler, Germanna, Piedmont Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Tidewater, and Virginia Western. In addition, most Virginia Community Colleges have some mandatory local student fees. Please consult your individual community college for complete information about tuition at your college and any local parking or student activity fees that may apply.

Below are the statewide tuition rates as approved by the State Board for Community Colleges:

College(s) In-State* Out-of-State
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VCCS Academic Year 2018-19 Tuition and Mandatory Fees (for all colleges except those below) $154.00 $351.60 $235.00 $257.00
Northern Virginia Community College Academic Year 2018-19 $180.40 $380.65 $261.40 $286.05
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Academic Year 2018-19 $158.10 $355.70 $239.10 $261.10
Tidewater, Thomas Nelson and Virginia Western Community Colleges Academic Year 2018-19 $156.00 $353.60 $237.00 $259.00
Germanna, John Tyler and Piedmont Virginia, Community Colleges Academic Year 2018-19 $155.00 $352.60 236.00 $258.00

Tuition rates referenced above exclude approved mandatory student fees set by the State Board for each individual community college.

*In state tuition also applies to military dependents, dual enrolled students, and e-rate in-state students. In-state rates apply to active-duty military stationed at Virginia military installations that have an out-of-state domicile.