Original Date: 9/16/1993 * Last Revision Effective: 4/6/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Student Affairs
The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #2300 – Establishing Residency for Tuition & Fee Purposes.
- In order for a student to be classified as a resident of the state of Washington for tuition and fee purposes, the student shall:
- have established a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington primarily for purposes other than educational for a period of one year immediately prior to commencement of the quarter for which the student has registered; and be either financially independent or be a dependent student one or both of whose parents or legal guardians have maintained a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for at least one year immediately prior to commencement of the quarter for which the student has registered; or
- have spent at least 75 percent of both his or her junior and senior years of high school in this state, whose parents or legal guardians have been domiciled in the state for a period of at least one year within the five-year period before the student graduates from high school, and who enrolls in a public institution of higher education within six months of leaving high school, for as long as the student remains continuously enrolled for three quarters or two semesters in any calendar year; or
- be the spouse or dependent of a person on active military duty stationed in the state of Washington; or
- resided in Washington for at least three continuous years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; OR
- received the equivalent of a high school diploma and lived in Washington for three continuous years immediately prior to receiving the equivalent; AND
- have continuously resided in Washington since earning either their high school diploma or its equivalent; AND
- provide evidence of the above by submitting a Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit/Declaration/Certification.
- A student shall be classified as “nonresident” for tuition and fee purposes if he or she does not qualify as a resident student under the provisions above. In addition, a student shall be classified “nonresident” if he or she:
- will be financially dependent for the current year or was financially dependent for the calendar year prior to the year in which application is made and who does not have a parent or legal guardian who has maintained a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for one year immediately prior to the commencement of the quarter for which the student has registered;
- attends an institution with financial assistance provided by another state or governmental unit or agency thereof wherein residency in that state is a continuing qualification for the financial assistance, such non-residency continuing for one year after the completion of the quarter for which financial assistance is provided. Such financial assistance relates to that which is provided by another state, governmental unit or agency thereof for direct or indirect educational purposes and does not include retirements, pensions, or other non-education-related income. A student loan guaranteed by another state or governmental unit or agency thereof on the basis of eligibility as a resident of that state is included within the term “financial assistance”; or
- is not a citizen of the United States of America, unless the individual holds permanent or temporary resident immigration status, “Refugee-Parolee” status, or “Conditional Entrant” status, or is otherwise permanently residing in the U.S. under color of law and further meets and complies with all applicable requirements of WAC 250-18-030 and 250-18-035.
- A person does not lose domicile in the state of Washington by reason of residency in any state or country while a member of the civil or military service of this state or of the U.S. if that person returns to the state of Washington within one year of discharge from said service with the intent to be domiciled in the state of Washington.
- Any resident dependent student who remains in this state when such student’s parents or legal guardians, having theretofore been domiciled in this state for a period of one year immediately prior to commencement of the first day of the quarter for which the student has registered, move from this state, shall be entitled to continue classification as a resident student so long as such student is continuously enrolled during the academic year.
Change of Residency Status
- Once a student has registered at Bellevue College, such student’s classification shall remain unchanged in the absence of satisfactory evidence to the contrary. The provision of such evidence to the contrary may be initiated by the student or by the institution.
- Application for a change in classification shall be accepted up to the thirtieth calendar day following the first day of instruction of the quarter for which application is made.
- Any change in classification, either nonresident to resident or the reverse, shall be based upon written evidence maintained in the files of the institution.
- Approval of an application for resident status shall be made only after satisfaction that the requirements of domicile and independency or dependency have been made in compliance with RCW 28B.15.012 and WAC 250-18-030 and 250-18-035.
- The burden of proof that a student, parent, or legal guardian has established a domicile in the state of Washington primarily for purposes other than educational lies with the student.
- For any student classified as a resident or authorized to pay resident tuition and fees on a basis other than an established domicile in the state of Washington, the fee-paying status of such student shall be subject to determination each term on the basis of RCW 28B.15.
Exceptions Under Which a Non-resident May Be Exempted from Paying Non-resident Tuition and Fees
Under RCW 28B.15.014, certain non-residents may be exempted from paying the non-resident tuition and fees differential. Exemptions from the non-resident tuition and fee differential shall apply only during the term(s) the student holds the specified appointments or is employed in the specified way. To be eligible for the exemption, a non-resident student must provide documented evidence that he or she does reside in the state of Washington and:
- holds a graduate service appointment, designated as such by an institution, involving not less than twenty hours per week;
- is employed for an academic department in support of instructional or research programs involving not less than twenty hours per week;
- is a faculty member, classified staff member, or administrative employee who resides in the state of Washington and is holding not less than a half-time appointment, or is the spouse or dependent child of such a person;
- is on active-duty military service stationed in the state of Washington;
- is an immigrant having refugee classification from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, or is the spouse or dependent child of such a refugee, if the refugee (a) is on parole status, (b) has received an immigrant visa, or (c) has applied for United States citizenship;
- is a domestic exchange student participating under RCW 28B.15.725; or
- is a dependent of a member of the United States Congress representing the state of Washington.
Revisions 3/22/2005; 3/31/2009; 5/21/2009; 4/6/2015
Last Updated April 6, 2015