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    Residency for Tuition Purposes: Guidelines for Washington State and Non-Residents


    colleges and public universities RCW 28B.15.012-014. To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, students must have established a bona fide domicile in Washington for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the quarter.

    Establishing a Bona Fide Domicile

    To establish a Washington domicile, students must provide documentation verifying they meet residency requirements; a variety of factors are considered and include the following:

    The one year eligibility starts when a student completes the last action to establish a domicile (examples listed above). Students who enroll in six credits or more during purposes; therefore, they will need to overcome this presumption. The evidence provided must qualify the student as a resident prior to the first day of the quarter. The burden of proof is on the applicant.

    Non-Resident Eligible for Waiver

    of nonresident may qualify for the nonresident on waiver tuition rate.

    Applications to change residency status will be accepted up to the 30th calendar day following the first day of the instruction of the quarter for which application is made. Applications made after that date in any quarter shall be considered for the following quarter. If non-resident tuition was paid and the request was approved, the difference in tuition will be refunded.

    Military Personnel - Veterans and Active Duty

    qualify as residents for tuition purposes. The student's (or sponsor's) military orders and military ID must be submitted to Enrollment Services in Bldg. 7.

    Eligibility for HB 1079

    HB 1079 allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Washington state colleges and universities. For more information visit To qualify if they have met the following conditions:

    If the above criteria has been met, the student may complete the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit and submit document to Enrollment Services in Bldg. 7.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that individuals who 502 Bad Gateway of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.

    DACA on its own does not qualify for in-state tuition. If a student has been approved for DACA, they will need to submit official documentation to Enrollment Services in Bldg. 7.

    Any Other Questions?

    Call Entry Services: Admissions for additional residency information.