To be considered a resident for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S Citizen, U.S Permanent Resident card holder (for at least one year), approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) immigration status, or have a qualifying visa.
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* in fact and can provide all supporting domicile documentation, demonstrating establishment of at least one year prior to the quarter of residence questionnaire application.
*For more specific information on bona fide domicile, please reference the Residency FAQs.
Residency policies are set by the Washington legislature and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s colleges and universities. For more details regarding residency classification, please reference the following links to read the relevant Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code: