Financially Dependent

You are a dependent student if you are under the age of 25, unmarried, and one or both of your parents or court-appointed legal guardians have physically resided in Washington State for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of your application to Bellevue College. As a dependent, you must be identified on your parents or guardians most recent federal income tax returns.

Note: If parents are separated, students can be claimed as a dependent by either parent, as long one parent has established domicile in Washington for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the date of application.

What do I need to provide?

You will Complete Section 1 & 2 of the Residence Questionnaire and a parent or legal guardian will complete Section 3. In addition to the completed questionnaire, your parents or legal guardian will provide the following documentation demonstrating ties with Washington for a minimum of one year:

Residency documents may be mailed to the Residency Office in B231C. Our office does not accept faxed documents. 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.

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.

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.

How do I qualify for the Non-resident tuition waiver?

The non-resident tuition waiver is applied by the Residency Office. To qualify for the waiver, a dependent student must meet the following conditions:

  • Parents must be a U.S. citizen or have a permanent resident card (green card)
  • Paid non-resident tuition for one quarter
  • Provide documentation that verifies parent(s) have taken all necessary steps to establish Washington domicile (residency).

Contact the Residency Office for more information: