Residents – U.S. Citizens
To qualify for in-state (resident) tuition applicants must have lived in Washington state for reasons other than
educational purposes for one full year prior to the first day of the quarter in which resident fees are requested.
A financially dependent student may also be eligible for resident tuition if one or both parents or legally appointed
guardian(s) have maintained a domicile in Washington for one full year prior to the first day of the quarter.
Establishing permanent state residency includes compliance with Washington state laws, vehicle and driver’s license
registration and registration to vote in this state, if applicable.
Applicants may qualify for in-state tuition rates without establishing residency if they:
Contact the Registration Office for more information on additional legal requirements to qualify for these exemptions.
Those who do not meet the residency requirements or eligibility for exemption are assessed tuition and fees based on
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed the definition of “resident student” so that
certain students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States are eligible for resident student status
– and eligible to pay resident tuition rates – when they attend public colleges and universities in this state.
To qualify for resident status, students must complete an affidavit/declaration/certification if they are not permanent
residents or citizens of the United States, but have met one of the following conditions:
Students who meet one of the above conditions must also certify that they will be filing an application to become
a permanent resident of the United States as soon as they are eligible to apply. Students must also certify that
they are willing to engage in activities designed to prepare them for citizenship, including citizenship
and civics review courses.
Students who meet these conditions and would like to pay resident tuition rates should contact the college
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