Admissions

Washington State Residency Information

Your Washington State residency status determines the amount you pay in tuition. Based on how you answered residency questions on the Admission application, a determination is made as to whether or not you pay resident or non-resident tuition.

Use the guidelines listed below to determine if you are a resident or a non-resident student. Note: Supplemental documents may be requested during the application and reviewing processes.

Students over the age of 24:

  • Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes, AND
  • Lived in Washington for other than educational purposes
  • Can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)

Financially independent students age 24 and under:

  • Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes.
  • Lived in Washington for other than educational purposes
  • Can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)
  • Provide for basic living expenses using your own resources, AND
  • Not claimed, and will not be claimed as a dependent of another person for the previous tax year and can show proof of such by providing first page of parent/guardian tax return (proof needed only if submitting a Residency Application),
  • Some exceptions may apply if you are married or a parent contact Admissions for details

Financially dependent students age 24 and under:

  • Claimed, and will be claimed on the tax return of a parent or legal guardian for the current and previous calendar year, AND
  • Parent or legal guardian has lived in the state of Washington at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes.
  • Parent or legal guardian can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)

Residency options for undocumented students

For students with DACA Status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals):

Please note that effective July, 2015, DACA students may qualify to pay resident tuition.  Students on DACA status will be asked to provide a copy of their work authorization card, their INS notice of action receipt, and proof that they have established domicile in Washington for at least 12 continuous months prior to the first day of the quarter in which they wish to apply.  Please contact the residency office for more information.

For more information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), please visit the US Center for Immigration Services webpage

HOUSE BILL 1079:

A Washington law determines whether students can be considered residents of Washington eligible to pay in-state resident tuition rates at public institutions (RCW 28B.15.012). This law was revised in 2003 to allow certain students attending public colleges and universities to be eligible for resident student tuition rates.  SB 6523 (the Real Hope Act) was passed in 2014, and the state's financial aid law was amended so that these students are eligible to be considered for need-based state aid (State Need Grant), if they are attending either public or participating private colleges in Washington (RCW28B.92.101).

For information on eligibility and the application process for State Need Grant, please visit www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.

To qualify for resident tuition status and/or State Need Grant eligibility, students must complete an affidavit/declaration/certification, provided that they have met the following conditions:

  • Resided in Washington State for three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; or
  • Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in Washington State for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent diploma (GED) and
  • Continuously resided in Washington State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).

If you are eligible, please print and complete the HB1079 affidavit/declaration/certification by clicking here.

Please submit the original copy of the completed and signed affidavit to the residency office. E-mailed or faxed forms, or forms without an original signature, will not be considered.

What to do if wish to have your non-residency status reviewed:

EdMail: You are required to use it! It is the way we communicate with you.

The college assigns all students EdMail (email) accounts within a couple of days after they register for their first class. Note: if you are a former student returning after time away from school, check with the Enrollment Services Office to confirm what email address we have on file for you. We use the address recorded in the Enrollment Services records. To gain access to your account, follow the steps at www.edcc.edu/edmail.