A student will pay different tuition levels based on their residency status. The three residency statuses are in-state, out-of-state, and international. To qualify as an in-state student, the student must be classified as a Washington resident for tuition purposes.
Washington Residency Status
Washington residency status is determined when a student applies for admission. To be classified as a Washington resident for tuition purposes, a student must have established a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington, primarily for purposes other than education, for 12 consecutive months prior to the beginning of the term for which the student is applying. For a dependent student, one or both parents or legal guardians must have maintained a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for twelve months. Independent students (students who have been financially independent for the prior and current year) can establish residency themselves. To apply for residency, complete the
Washington State Residency Form.
Establishing Washington Residency
The following people can establish Washington residency:
- A U.S. citizen or an alien with permanent resident status
- Active duty military stationed in Washington and their spouses and dependents
- Active duty Washington National Guard members and their spouses and dependents who reside in Washington
- Non-citizens with an A, E, G, H, I, K or L visa
- Non-citizens who hold “Refugee-Parolee,” “Conditional Entrant,” or PRUCOL status
- Non-citizens who qualify under
HB1079, who have resided within the state of Washington for 3 years prior to receiving a high school diploma or GED and have continued to reside in Washington. To qualify under HB1079, students must complete the
HB1079 form and return it to the Admissions Office.