Office of the Registrar
Bouillon Hall 140
Phone: (509) 963-3001
Fax: (509) 963-1230

Residency Overview

Please help us process residency applications in a timely manner by reviewing the residency information and requirements.

Have questions? Please email the Residency Coordinator.

  • 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, have a qualifying visa, or qualify via RCW 28B.15.012(e).
  • To be classified/reclassified as residents, for tuition 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 the residence questionnaire application.

For specific information on bona fide domicile, please reference the Residency FAQs.