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With higher education costs skyrocketing both across the commonwealth and nationwide, Virginia’s Community Colleges remain a smart choice for students who are beginning post secondary 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 2016-17 academic year, in-state tuition and mandatory fees for our colleges will be approximately $4,388 for two semesters of full-time study (15 credit hours per semester).


Tuition rates set by the State Board for Community Colleges for the 2016-2017 academic year (adopted May 2016) are as follows:

      • Virginia Resident$146.25  per credit hour, including an $8.50 mandatory technology fee for all credit courses.
      • Out-of-State Resident$342.85  per credit hour, including an $8.50 mandatory technology fee and an $18 capital fee.

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 2016-17 Tuition and Mandatory Fees (for all colleges except those below) $146.25 $342.85 $226.25 $248.50
Northern Virginia Community College Academic Year 2016-17 $171.65 $370.90 $251.65 $276.30
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Academic Year 2016-17 $150.35 $346.95 $230.35 $252.35
Tidewater, Thomas Nelson and Virginia Western Community Colleges Academic Year 2016-17 $148.25 $344.85 $228.25 $250.25
Piedmont Virginia and Germanna Community Colleges Academic Year 2016-17 $147.25 $343.85 $227.25 $249.25
John Tyler Community College Academic Year 2016-17 $146.75 $343.35 $226.75 $248.75

Tuition rates referenced above exclude approved mandatory student fees set by 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.