Residency Overview

Understanding Washington State Residency


To be considered residents for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S Citizen, U.S Permanent Resident card holder (for at least one year), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or have a qualifying visa (A, E, G, H1, I, K, or L).

To be classified/reclassified as residents, for tuition and fee purposes, students must establish bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for purposes other than education for the period of one year immediately prior to classification as residents.

Non-resident students who are enrolled for more than 6 credits per quarter, shortly after arriving in Washington State, are presumed to be in Washington for primarily educational purposes. These students are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate until proven that they have established bona fide domicile and can provide all supporting domicile documentation, demonstrating establishment of at least one year prior to the quarter of application.

Residency Guideline Sources

Washington state residency guidelines are outlined in legislation. For a more detailed explanation of residence classification, please use the following links to read the relevant Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code: