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Washington State Residency

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 for at least 12- months before you apply.

Special Groups

Some groups of students do not need to complete the residency application process, or may need to submit additional documents. Review the groups listed on the residency menu to the left for instructions. If you do not belong to one of the groups listed, and you wish to apply for resident status, you must complete the residency application process as detailed below.

eLearning Waiver

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 and ask about the “eLearning Waiver”.

Residency Application Process

Generally, non-resident students apply for residency by completing the Residence Questionnaire, and submitting the documents listed on Washington State Residency Requirements form for your student type (Dependent or Independent).

Application Deadline – Submit the Residence Questionnaire and all needed documents by the 30th calendar day of the quarter you plan to obtain resident status. By regulation, we process applications and documents received after this date for the next quarter. No Exceptions!

Payment of Tuition and Fees:

  • You must pay your tuition and fees when they become due.
  • If you pay your tuition as a non-resident and later qualify for residency status, you receive a refund of the difference between non-resident and resident tuition.
  • If you submit your application and documents before your tuition becomes due, you may qualify for a deferment, which holds you in your classes without payment until we process your application. You must ask the Residency Office for a deferment if you need one.
  • Payment plan –  The payment plan allows you hold your classes and to stretch out your payments.