Check the academic calendar for residency application deadlines.
What is a Student's Residency Status?
At the time of admission, all students entering a Washington state, regional, or community college or university are assigned a residency status of "in-state" or "out-of-state" based on the location and duration of the student's (or parent's) one, true domicile. This determines the student's tuition rate.
- a financially independent person (see Financial Dependence/Independence) must have maintained Washington domicile for primary reasons other than education for the 12 months preceding the term of enrollment;
- a financially dependent person must have a parent/legal guardian who has maintained Washington domicile for the 12 months preceding the term of enrollment;
- domicile is established when a person is both living in Washington and has taken sufficient steps to demonstrate a permanent residence in the state (see Establishing Washington Domicile).
Additionally, there are several other groups that may qualify (see Exceptions).