Enrollment Services

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)

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.