Residency for tuition purposes is determined by the information you provide on the admission application. In-state tuition is subsidized by funds from the State of Washington’s Higher Education budget. Non-resident tuition more closely approximates the actual cost of instruction.
Changing your classification from non-resident to resident
You may apply for reclassification by completing the Residence Questionnaire, and providing documentation described on the Residency Requirements Form to the residency office. Note: Completed questionnaires and all supporting documentation must be received by the 30th calendar day of the quarter for which application is made. Documentation received after the 30th calendar day will be considered for the following quarter.
You may apply for reclassification if you are:
- a U.S. citizen, have a permanent resident card, hold an A, E, G, H, I, K or L visa, or have “refugee-asylum” status and have lived in Washington for at least 12 months prior to registering at Bellevue College, and have established permanent ties with Washington primarily for purposes other than education;
- financially dependent upon a parent or legal guardian who has maintained residency in the state of Washington for twelve continuous months prior to the quarter for which residency is being sought;
- a member of the armed services or Washington National Guard assigned to duty and living in Washington;
- a military veteran;
- a member of a Native American tribe which had traditional and customary tribal boundaries that included parts of the state of Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.
- an undocumented student who:
- Resided in Washington state for the three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school, OR completed the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED) and resided in Washington state for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma; and
- Continuously resided in the State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent. If you are eligible, print and complete the HB1079 affidavit, Washington Higher Education Affidavit/Declaration/Certification form. The original should be submitted to the BC Residency Office.
For more information, please contact the residency office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (425) 564-4143.
Non-resident students enrolled in only online classes may be eligible for a tuition reduction. For more information, call Enrollment Services at (425) 564-2222 or e-mail email@example.com and ask about the “eLearning Waiver”.