Washington State Residency
Fall quarter begins on September 21. All classes and services offered remotely and online through the end of fall quarter
Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and mandated staff reductions in hours, the Student Central Offices are currently experiencing a critical backlog in nearly all areas of work.
This includes posting of degrees, processing transfer credit reviews and financial aid files, clearing prerequisites, answering tickets, responding to email, and reviewing all types of appeals. Thank you for your patience as we work quickly to address questions or needs as quickly as possible.
We determine your residency for tuition and fee purposes at the time you apply for admission. Non-resident students pay a higher tuition rate than resident students do.
Non-resident students may apply for residency once Washington becomes their permanent home for at least 12-months, and by meeting one of the following conditions:
- U.S citizen
- Hold a permanent resident card for at least 12-months before you apply
- Hold an A, E, G, H, I, K, or L visa for at least 12-months before you apply
- Hold refugee, asylum or pending asylum status (with Employment Authorization Card) for at least 12- months before you apply
The State Legislature adopted RCW 28B.15.011 through RCW 28B.15.15, which sets forth the requirements related to establishing residency in the State of Washington. Additionally, these rules require the The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) to work with the State Office of the Attorney General to establish rules and regulations that colleges and universities must follow when determining residency. Bellevue College follows these rules when reviewing residency applications, and in determining if students meet the state’s residency requirements
Residency Application Process
Non-resident students apply for residency by completing the Washington Institutions of Higher Education Residence Questionnaire and by submitting the documents listed on Washington State Residency Requirements. While the college is operating remotely, the best way to submit the questionnaire and documents is by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are three application deadlines non-resident students should be aware of:
- Apply up to three quarters in advance of becoming a resident student. The college waives the non-resident operating fee differential for eligible students who have submitted all required documents and been approved for residency status within the next three quarters. This significantly reduces the amount of non-resident tuition a student must pay.
- Apply by the final admission deadline as indicated on the online academic calendar. Students who meet this deadline may be eligible for a tuition deferment, which holds students in their classes without payment until a decision is made.
- Final Deadline – Apply by the 30th calendar day of the quarter. Students should check the online academic calendar for exact dates. By regulation, the college processes applications and documents received after the deadline for the next quarter.
Students who apply or submit their documents after the final deadline do not qualify for a tuition deferment. However, if they later qualify for residency status, they are eligible for a refund of the difference between non-resident and resident tuition.
Some groups of students do not need to complete the residency application process, or may need to submit additional documents. These groups include the following:
- Active duty military personnel and veterans
- Undocumented and DACA students
- Some Native American Tribes
Additionally, under policy 2400 Tuition and Fee Waivers, the college is allowed to waive the non-resident tuition differential or the non-resident operating fee differential (excluding building fees) for some non-resident students under the following criteria:
- Higher Education Employee Waiver.
- Refugee Waiver.
- Eligible students taking only online classes.
- Students who have completed the residency application process and have been approved for residency within the next three quarters.
- Eligible students participating in co-curricular activities and registering for a related and required class for at least one quarter during the regular academic year (fall-spring).