Higher educational institutions, public; eligibility for in-state tuition. (HB1547)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from 37 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge), Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke), Del. Nancy Guy (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton, Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News), Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; eligibility for in-state tuition. Provides that any student is eligible for in-state tuition who (i) attended high school for at least two years in the Commonwealth and either (a) graduated on or after July 1, 2008, from a public or private high school or program of home instruction in the Commonwealth or (b) passed, on or after July 1, 2008, a high school equivalency examination approved by the Secretary of Education; (ii) has submitted evidence that he or, in the case of a dependent student, at least one parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis has filed, unless exempted by state law, Virginia income tax returns for at least two years prior to the date of registration or enrollment; and (iii) registers as an entering student or is enrolled in a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth. The bill states that students who meet these criteria shall be eligible for in-state tuition regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, except students with currently valid visas issued under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(F), 1101(a)(15)(H)(iii), 1101(a)(15)(J) (including only students or trainees), or 1101(a)(15)(M). Information obtained in the implementation of the provisions of the bill shall only be used or disclosed to individuals other than the student for purposes of determining in-state tuition eligibility. This bill incorporates HB 1138 and is identical to SB 935. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105441D
01/10/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2020Assigned Education sub: Post-Secondary and Higher Ed
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1547)
01/29/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/29/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2020Reported from Education with substitute (15-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/03/2020Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/03/2020Committee substitute printed 20106046D-H1
02/03/2020Incorporates HB1138 (Keam)
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 1-N)
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1547H1)
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 3-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106046D-H1
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1547H1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (56-Y 44-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (56-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/25/2020Reported from Education and Health with substitute (9-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Committee substitute printed 20109044D-S1
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109044D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1547S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20109044D-S1 (52-Y 42-N)
03/03/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1547ER)
03/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1547ER)
03/03/2020Signed by Speaker
03/04/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/07/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 766 (effective 7/1/20)
04/07/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0766)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB935.