Tuition and fees

Virginia Commonwealth University tuition and fees Adopted University Budget Plan and Tuition and Fees FY 20-21 are determined by the student’s residency status, classification level, number of credit hours and course of study. For a detailed estimate, use the tuition and fees calculator.


The student’s residency/domiciliary classification determines whether tuition is billed at the in-state or out-of-state rate. Eligibility for in-state tuition is governed by the Code of Virginia. Residency/domiciliary classification is determined at the time of admission to VCU. To request a review of the initial residency/domiciliary determination, contact the Office of Records and Registration.

In-state students who exceed 125 percent of the credit hours needed to complete their program will be assessed a tuition surcharge.

Classification and credit hours

Undergraduate students: Undergraduate students registered in 12 or more credits are considered full time. Students registered in fewer than 15 credit hours are charged a per-credit-hour tuition rate. Tuition for additional credits is assessed at a reduced per-credit-hour-rate for the 15 th credit and each additional credit after 15. Credits 1 to 15 are assessed at the full, per-credit-hour rate. Mandatory fees are charged at a per-credit-hour rate, and capped at 12 credit hours.

Graduate students: Graduate students enrolled in 9 to 15 credits during any semester are classified as full time. Tuition and fees are charged at a flat rate. Graduate students enrolled in more than 15 credits during any semester will be charged an overload tuition fee.

Part-time students: Undergraduate and graduate students registered for less than a full-time course load are charged a per-credit-hour rate based on their classification/program.

Nondegree-seeking students: Nondegree-seeking students who enroll in one or more graduate courses are charged graduate tuition rates. Nondegree-seeking students who hold a bachelor’s degree but enroll in all undergraduate courses are charged undergraduate tuition and fees. If nondegree-seeking students make changes to their course enrollment, their classification and charges may change in accordance with these guidelines.

Continuing and professional education: Courses offered through the Office of Continuing and Professional Education are assessed tuition and fee charges in addition to the standard tuition and fee rates.

Mandatory fees

Students are required to pay the following fees each semester. Rates vary based on student classification and enrollment. See the tuition and fees calculator for a detailed estimate.

  • University fee: Supports recreational sports facilities, University Student Commons, campus development, career and counseling centers, student disability and student services center, intercollegiate athletics and other programs; full-time students pay a flat rate and part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate
  • Library fee: Sustains 24-hour services in James Branch Cabell Library, expands hours at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, strengthens digital tools and supports operating costs for VCU Libraries; full-time students pay a flat rate and part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate
  • Technology fee: Supports universitywide technological initiatives; full-time students pay a flat rate and part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate
  • Campus Learning Center fee (freshmen, sophomores and juniors): Supports tutors, supplemental instruction leaders and writing consultants for undergraduates
  • Activity fee: Supports educational, social, cultural, and other student activities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These activities include the Student Government Association, sports clubs, student organizations, and publications; full-time Monroe Park Campus students pay a flat rate and part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate and MCV students pay a flat rate based on part-time or full-time enrollment.
  • Health fee (optional for part-time students): Covers unlimited visits to University Student Health Services, after-hours phone advice for urgent medical problems and most laboratory tests, but does not cover accidental injury, emergency room visits or hospitalization; part-time students who opt in must pay full fee 
  • Capital outlay fee (nonresident, on-campus students): As required by the State Appropriation Act, revenue used to reimburse the Virginia College Building Authority and the State Treasury Board; full-time students pay a flat rate and part-time students pay a per-credit-hour rate

In addition to mandatory fees, students may be assessed program and course fees.

VCU reserves the right to revise or alter all tuition and fees costs, regulations and collection procedures at any time.

Housing and dining

Housing and dining costs vary based on where students live and which meal plan they select. For detailed pricing, visit:

Please note: The Residential Life and Housing site shows the cost per year; Student Accounting bills by semester.