The Foreign Service Journal, September 2019

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | SEPTEMBER 2019 73 AFSA NEWS GOOD NEWS ON V I RG I N I A I N - STATE TU I T I ON EL I G I B I L I TY NEWS BRIEF Many of AFSA’s active-duty members currently reside in Virginia. The Virginia State assem- bly recently enacted a residency requirement change that will benefit these members and their dependents. Effective July 1, 2019, any member of the Foreign Service and any dependents of such member are eligible for in-state tuition at public institutions of higher education after residing in Virginia for at least 90 days, if immediately prior to receiving a diplomatic assignment and while continuing to be assigned overseas. Previously there was no exception for members of the Foreign Service or their depen- dents, and they were subject to the normal state residency requirement of 12 months to qualify for in-state tuition. Delegate Paul Krizek, who repre- sents Virginia’s 44th House District and is the son of a Foreign Service officer, sponsored HB 1936 that provided the exception. Any mem- bers who wish to thank Delegate Krizek for his efforts to help enact this welcome exception may do so by reaching out to his office using the contact information below. State District: 2201 Whiteoaks Drive, Alexan- dria VA 22306, (703) 688-2983 State Capitol: 900 East Main Street, Rich- mond VA 23219, (804) 698-1044 AFSA is happy to answer any specific ques- tions regarding this eligibility change or refer members to an appropriate contact for ques- tions we are not able to answer in full. n