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Section V: Financial Services

Tuition and General Fees

Tuition and general fees represent payment toward the maintenance, operating, and instructional costs of the College. Part-time students are charged per credit hour for each semester they are enrolled in the institution. A student enrolled in 12 or more semester credits is considered a full-time student for tuition purposes. Non-credit developmental courses are considered part of the course load in determining full-time status. Current tuition rates, housing costs, and fees may be viewed on the College website (www.rbc.edu) or by calling the College Business Office.

Payment of Accounts

Tuition and fees are payable in full in advance of each semester. Payments must be received by the Business Office before students will be allowed to complete registration. The College accepts cash, checks, VISA, and MasterCard.

When a check is returned by the bank for any reason, the student’s academic record will be encumbered and the student will not be permitted to complete registration until tuition, fees, and service charges are paid in full.

Classification as a Virginia Resident In-State Tuition Eligibility

Copies of Section 23-7.4 and Section 23.1-503 (effective October 1, 2016) of the Code of Virginia are available in the College Library.

Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia provides that:

To become eligible for in-state tuition, an independent student shall establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year immediately prior to the date of the alleged entitlement, he was domiciled in Virginia and had abandoned any previous domicile, if such existed.

To become eligible for in-state tuition, a dependent student or unemancipated minor shall establish by clear and convincing evidence that for a period of at least one year prior to the date of the alleged entitlement, the person through whom he claims eligibility was domiciled in Virginia and had abandoned any previous domicile, if such existed.

Domiciliary status shall not ordinarily be conferred by the performance of acts which are auxiliary to fulfilling educational objectives or are required or routinely performed by temporary residents of the Commonwealth. Mere physical presence or residence primarily for educational purposes shall not confer domiciliary status. A matriculating student who has entered an institution and is classified as an out-of-state student shall be required to rebut by clear and convincing evidence the presumption that he is in the Commonwealth for the purpose of attending school and not as a bona fide domiciliary.

Evidence of intent to establish Virginia domicile may include, but is not limited to voting registration, state to which income taxes are filed or paid, property ownership, military records, employment, auto registration, driver’s license, and any other social or economic relationships with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions. The tuition rate for spouses and dependents of active military personnel will be in accordance with applicable state laws and statutes.

In order to meet requirements of the code provisions related to residence classification of students at Richard Bland College for tuition purposes, the following procedures must be followed:

  • The Dean of Enrollment Services shall make initial determination of residence at the time of admission based on completion of the Virginia In-State Tuition Form. Additional documentation may be required. Students unable to provide the necessary information shall be classified as a non-resident.
  • An applicant who disagrees with the initial classification shall have the right to appeal

to the Dean of Finance and Administration. This appeal must be in writing and the Dean of Finance and Administration shall respond in writing within five working days of the receipt of the appeal.

  • If the applicant disagrees with the decision of the Dean of Finance and Administration, the applicant has the right to appeal to a three-member panel consisting of the Residence Life Director, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, and the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Any party aggrieved by a final administrative decision shall have the right to review in the Circuit Court of Dinwiddie County. A petition for review of the final administrative decision shall be filed within thirty days of receiving the written decision.

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Late Registration Fee

A $50 fee is charged to any student who completes registration after the indicated deadline.

Physical Education Fees

Where applicable, additional fees are payable to the off-campus facility where physical education courses in specialized or individual activities are conducted. 

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The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997

The following information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please confer with a personal tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service to determine your eligibility for education tax credits.

The Taxpayer Relief Act (TRA) of 1997 created tax benefits for families or students who are paying for higher education or repaying student loans. Through Richard Bland College, students, or the persons who can claim them as dependents, may be able to claim an education credit on Form 1040 or 1040A, only for the qualified tuition and related expenses that were actually paid during a Calendar Year.

The TRA requires all higher education institutions to report annually to the Internal Revenue Service the following information for each student:

  • Student name
  • Student address
  • Social Security Number of the taxpayer who may claim a deduction on a federal income tax return
  • The amount of tuition billed, scholarships and grants, and any adjustments made during the calendar year

For each session enrolled, each student will be mailed a Form 1098-T on which to report the required information to the Internal Revenue Service.

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College Catalog 2017 – 2018

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