You are a dependent student if you are under the age of 25, unmarried, and one or both of your parents or court-appointed legal guardians have physically resided in Washington State for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of your application to Bellevue College.
An independent student is one who is no longer financially dependent upon parents. Residency is determined by several factors, such as Physical Presence, Intent to establish a domicile, and Financial independence.
Permanent Residents, Refugees and those with Asylum status, and those with qualifying Visas may be eligible for residency, depending on a variety of factors.
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed the definition of “resident student.” The law makes certain students eligible for resident student status – and eligible to pay resident tuition rates – when they attend public colleges and universities in this state.
You may be eligible to pay resident tuition as an active duty member of the military or Washington National guard or as a member’s spouse or dependent. You may also be able to apply for residency as an active duty member who is from Washington, stationed in another state or overseas.
Discharged members who did not enter the military in Washington may be eligible to pay tuition at a reduced rate. You will need to provide a variety of information to establish your residency.