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 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 hb1079.org To qualify
if they have met the following conditions:
Resided in Washington State for 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 and resided in Washington State
for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma;
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that individuals who
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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
Any Other Questions?
Call Entry Services: Admissions for additional residency information.