Eligible Non-Citizen

Permanent U.S. Residents (green card)- Issued 12 months prior to the quarter

If you are able to provide documentation of final approval for Permanent Resident immigrant status, you may apply for Washington State residency, if you also meet the following conditions:

  • Your application for adjustment to Permanent Resident status was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter for which they are requesting to be classified as Washington residents.
  • You meet the requirements as an Independent student (with the exception of registering to vote) or
  • A parent meets the requirements, if you are a dependent student.

Refugee or Asylum Status

You may apply for Washington State residency if you have been issued an I-94 card for refugee or asylum status and you have established Washington as your permanent domicile/residence.

Qualifying Visas – Issued 12 months prior to the quarter

You may apply for Washington State residency for tuition and fee purposes if you have a valid A, E, G, H1, I, L, and if you meet the residency requirements as a financially independent student or a parent meets the requirements, if you are a dependent student.

Frequently Asked Questions:

My Status is “undetermined” and I’m being charged non-resident tuition. Why?

Students whose status is “undetermined” may have missed providing information or documentation required to determine a resident classification for tuition purposes. Students whose status is undetermined will pay tuition at the non-resident rate until missing information is provided.

Note: Former Running Start students are classified as “undetermined” until they have completed a new admission application. Contact the Admission Office at (425) 564-2222.

I have a newly issued permanent resident card. Can I qualify for Washington state residency?

Yes, if your application for adjustment to Permanent Resident status was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter for which you are requesting to be classified a Washington resident, and you have established legal ties to Washington (with the exception of registering to vote).