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.
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
Financially independent students under the age of 24:
- 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, OR
- Currently Married.
Financially dependent students under the age of 24:
- 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.
What to do if wish to have your non-residency status reviewed:
- If you are an undocumented alien, you are required to pay non-resident tuition unless you qualify for resident tuition under HB 1079. See Undocumented Applicant Admission.
- Students classified as non-residents may change their status by completing the Residency Application.
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.