Washington State Residents
A Washington state resident must have lived continuously in Washington state for the last 12 months. Students cannot qualify as legal residents of Washington for tuition calculation purposes if they possess a valid out-of-state driver's license, vehicle registration, or other documents that give evidence of being a legal resident of another state.
For state-supported class tuition purposes, a Washington state resident is one who is a U.S. citizen or one who has permanent resident immigration status, or conditioned entrant status, AND:
- Has established a domicile (residence) in Washington state primarily for purposes other than educational for the period of one year immediately prior to the first day of the quarter and was financially independent from parents or legally-appointed guardians for the calendar year during which college enrollment begins, OR
- Is a financially dependent student, one or both of whose parents or legal guardians have maintained a domicile in Washington state for at least one year immediately prior to the last day of the quarter.
Washington state residents typically document their legal residence by showing that they have done ALL of the following for the entire 12 months immediately preceding the beginning of the quarter:
- Held a Washington driver's license or identification card, AND
- Had their vehicle registered in Washington, AND
- Have been registered to vote in Washington
For additional information see Residency Classification Information
Out of State Residents
Students cannot qualify as legal residents of Washington for tuition calculation purposes if they possess a valid out-of-state driver's license, vehicle registration, or other documents that give evidence of being a legal resident of another state.
Certain students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States may be eligible for resident tuition rates. To be eligible students must have:
- Resided in Washington state for the 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 3 years immediately before receiving the equivalent of the diploma.
- AND continuously resided in Washington state since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent.