The deadline to apply for residency is 30 calendar days after the first day of the term.
If a residency decision is determined after fees are due, your account will be adjusted according to the change. You are still responsible for paying tuition and fees by the posted deadline. Specific dates can be found on the Academic Calendar.
What is a Student's Residency Status?
At the time of admission, all students entering a Washington state, regional, or community college or university are assigned a residency status of "in-state" or "out-of-state" based on the location and duration of the student's (or parent's) one, true domicile. This determines the student's tuition rate.
A student who is:
- Financially INDEPENDENT (see Financial Dependence/Independence) for the previous and current calendar years AND has established and maintained a Washington domicile for primary reasons other than education for the 12 months preceding the term of enrollment; or
- Financially DEPENDENT during the previous and current calendar years AND has a parent/legal guardian who has established and maintained a Washington domicile for the 12 months preceding the term of enrollment; or
- There are several other groups that may qualify for in-state tuition (see Exceptions).
To be eligible to establish a Washington state Domicile, a person must:
- be a US citizen
- permanent resident, or
- hold a qualifying visa or
- other qualifying status such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
- or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Undocumented students may also qualify for in-state tuition under HB 1079 by submitting a Washington Residency Affidavit. Go to Citizenship/Immigration Status for more information regarding how citizenship/immigration status affects residency.