Frequently Asked Questions
- My Status is “undetermined” and I’m being charged non-resident tuition. Why?
- What happens if you do not review my application before the tuition due date?
- Do I have to work in order to obtain residency?
- Can I use trust funds to supplement my financial independence?
- What if a student only left the state of Washington for school?
- I have a newly issued permanent resident card. Can I qualify for Washington state residency?
- Does BC participate in any “reciprocity agreements” for tuition purposes?
- My spouse has lived in Washington for over a year, but I moved here less than a year ago. We own our house together and file taxes jointly. Am I a considered a resident?
- How do I qualify for the Non-resident tuition waiver?
- My parents moved away from Washington while I remained in Washington to complete high school. Do I qualify to pay in-state tuition?
- I am an American Indian moving to Washington from Idaho. When will I pay in-state tuition?
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.
What happens if you do not review my application before the tuition due date?
Do I have to work in order to obtain residency?
If you attend school during your first year in Washington and take more than 6 credits per quarter, yes: you will have to verify that you work. In this case, you must work for approximately 30 hours a week for the entire time you are attending school for more than 6 credits or document that you are able to meet 51% of your yearly expenses through employment at a non-student job for the current and previous calendar year.
Can I use trust funds to supplement my financial independence?
Yes, you may use trust funds to supplement you financial independence; however, the trust funds are only valid if it was established before you entered the 10th grade. You will be asked to provide documentation of when the trust was established.
What if a student only left the state of Washington for school?
If you left the state of Washington for the purposes of attending school, you may still be considered a resident for tuition purposes if you:
- Complete a Residence Questionnaire
- Provide proof that you were consistently enrolled in school for the entire time that you were absent from Washington,
- Provide proof that you were paying out-of-state tuition, and
- Verify that you did not sever any of your legal ties (obtain another license, vehicle registration, etc.).
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).
Does BC participate in any “reciprocity agreements” for tuition purposes?
Individual community colleges and four-year universities within the Idaho and Oregon border regions may, at their discretion, offer residency rates to border state students. BC does not participate in any reciprocity agreements. For information on these programs, students should consult the following website: Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
My spouse has lived in Washington for over a year, but I moved here less than a year ago. We own our house together and file taxes jointly. Am I a considered a resident?
No. As an independent student, you must physically reside in Washington for at least twelve months and provide proof that you have established residency before we can consider you for resident status.
How do I qualify for the Non-resident tuition waiver?
To qualify for the non-resident tuition waiver, a student must complete the Residence Questionnaire and provide supporting documents to the Residency Office and meet the following conditions:
- Be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent resident card (green card)
- Paid non-resident tuition for one quarter
The non-resident tuition waiver is applied by the Residency Office after the student, or the student’s parents, have met all of the above conditions.
Contact the Residency Office for more information: email@example.com
My parents moved away from Washington while I remained in Washington to complete high school. Do I qualify to pay in-state tuition?
You may be eligible to pay in-state tuition if you continued high school in Washington, remained after graduation and entered a Washington college or university within 6 months of graduation. You will be required to complete a Residence Questionnaire and supporting documents which verify that your parents established residency for at least 12 months prior to leaving the state.
I am an American Indian moving to Washington from Idaho. When will I pay in-state tuition?
American Indian students who meet the following two conditions are eligible to pay resident tuition at colleges and universities in Washington State:
- For a period of one year immediately prior to enrollment, the students must have been domiciled in one or a combination of the following states: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
- Students must be a member of one of the federally recognized Indian tribes, as determined under Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations (25CFR), whose traditional and customary tribal boundaries included portions of the state of Washington, or whose tribe was granted reserved lands within the state of Washington.