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Senior Citizens

Non-Credit Classes

Under the Code of Virginia on a space available basis, Virginia residents 60 years or older may register for and attend up to three non-credit continuing education courses per year without payment of instruction-related fees. This exemption does not apply to out-of-pocket expenses such as food and course materials or lab fees associated with non-credit continuing education programs. Likewise, this exemption does not apply to programs specifically targeted for or attended by senior citizens, e.g., Elder Hostel.

Interested seniors need to complete and submit the following:

    • Request for Waiver form at least ten business days prior to the beginning of the program.
    • Completed course registration form attached to the Request for Waiver form.
    • A copy of your driver's license.

Note: OCPE has established relationships with selected third parties to offer their programs through George Mason University; therefore the following programs do not qualify under Virginia’s Senior Citizens Higher Education Act.

    • Certified Financial Planner (all delivery methods)
    • ed2go online courses
    • IFMA’s Facility Management Professional Credential
    • IFMA’s Sustainability Facility Professional Credential
    • Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance
    • Paralegal courses
    • Social Media Professional

Academic Credit Classes

Please visit for information about the Senior Citizen Waiver Program for academic credit classes.



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