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Registrar Services
Phone: (509) 963-3001
Fax: (509) 963-1230
reg@cwu.edu
Bouillon Hall 140

Eligible Non-Citizens 

Permanent U.S. Residents 

Upon final approval for Permanent Resident immigrant status, students are eligible to apply for Washington State residency if they meet the following criteria:

1.    Application for adjustment to Permanent Resident immigrant status (I-485) was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of residence questionnaire application OR a copy of the student’s current Permanent Resident card that was valid for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of residence questionnaire application.

2.    Established bona fide domicile (with the exception of registering to vote). Reference Residency Requirements.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival 

Upon final approval for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, students are eligible to apply for Washington State residency if they meet the following criteria:

1.    Application for adjustment to DACA status (I-821D) was filed at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of residence questionnaire application or copy of I-797 notice of approval of DACA that was valid for at least 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter of residence questionnaire application.

2.    Established bona fide domicile (with the exception of registering to vote). Reference Residency Requirements.

Students must provide a copy of the I-797 notice, issued by USCIS, verifying approval of DACA (I-821D). The Employment Authorization Card (EAC) or I-797 notice of approval for the EAC (I-765) will not suffice.

Note for all DACA students: To help with processing, when completing the Residence Questionnaire Application (PDF) , students should note “DACA” at the top of their form.

Affidavit of Residency (HB-1079)

Students may qualify for resident tuition status if they meet all the following conditions: 

  1. Received a high school diploma (or equivalent) at a Washington public or private high school. 
  2. Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (36 months) immediately prior to receiving the diploma or its equivalent.
  3. Continuously lived in the state of Washington after receiving the diploma or its equivalent until such time as the student is admitted to an institution of higher education.

Students who meet all above criteria are required to: 

Complete the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit (PDF). Provide an official copy of the student’s high school transcript with graduation date from a Washington public or private high school, or the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Return form to: 

Registrar Services

400 E. University Way

Ellensburg. WA 98926-7465

(509) 963-3001

Qualifying Visas 

Students may apply for Washington State residency for tuition and fee purposes if:

1.    Students are on an A, E, G, H, I, K, or L visa.

AND

2.    Established bona fide domicile (with the exception of registering to vote). Reference Residency Requirements

Dependents of a qualifying visa holder are eligible to establish bona fide domicile and the student’s residency determination will be based upon the visa status of their parents/legal guardian.  

Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Refugees and Asylees 

  • Students are eligible to pay reduced tuition and fees if they are classified as a refugee/asylee by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Spouses and dependent children are also eligible for this reduction.
  • The reduction does not grant Washington residency status; however, it reduces the amount of the non-resident portion of tuition.
  • To apply, students must provide the following documentation:

1.    A completed Tuition Reduction for Non-resident Refugees and Asylees Application Form (PDF)

2.    A copy of the I-94 form, Departure Record, and documentation that attests to the date of arrival in Washington State.

An individual requesting the reduction based off of the status of their spouse or parent/legal guardian must provide the following additional documentation:

3.    Verification of dependent status. See the Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Refugees and Asylees Application Form for details.

Return the form to Registrar Services, located on the first floor of Bouillon Hall, Ellensburg campus, or see Staff page for the Registrar mailing address. 

Questions? See the Staff page to get in touch with Registrar Services