Financially Dependent Students
The residency of a financially dependent student is based on the domicile of the student's parent, step-parent, or legal guardian. Students are considered financially dependent when they are claimed on someone else's federal income taxes and/or they receive more than half of their support from another person. It is possible for a student to be considered a resident in multiple states when parents do not live in the same state. Dependent student scenarios & examples. More information about supporting documents.
The student or parent will need to apply for residency using the traditional application.
Domicile & the 12 month waiting period
Required documents checklist - GET THIS!
Current students wishing to move out of state
Parents moved out of WA during high school
Dependent Student Scenarios
In the scenarios below, the term "parent" is used to describe a parent (adopted or birth), step-parent, or legal guardian. A family member may not be considered a "parent" unless there is a legal document describing the individual as the legal guardian. WA = Washington.
The student does not live in WA but a parent is a WA resident
One parent lives in WA, the other parent lives in another state
The parent living in WA does not claim the student on federal taxes
One parent moves to WA to accept a job, the family stays behind to finish the school year
All parents live in another state; the student lives with a relative in WA
Parents had a domicile in WA then moved out of the U.S.
Documents that prove your residency claim are required as part of your residency application. The Residency Checklist is helpful for assembling these documents. Do not send original documents; documents will not be returned to you and will be kept for our files.
Federal taxes - Dependent information
Citizenship status documentation
Military Residency is the easiest way to obtain resident tuition. Once granted, the student will receive resident tuition until they need to re-apply at WSU, perhaps for an advanced degree. Military residency does not grant full Washington residency status; the student will continue to be coded as a Non-Resident in myWSU. There will be periods of time when the Cost of Attendance has not yet updated to the resident tuition amount, and this can occasionally be disconcerting.
If the military member has maintained Washington as their state of residence, including driver's license, that status can be used to apply for full Washington residency. Dependent students may choose to apply for BOTH Military residency and full residency using the Traditional application. The recommendation is to apply for Military Residency first, as that form is available sooner and is very easy to complete, then apply for traditional residency when that form opens 60 days before the start of the term. Full resident status will update residency in myWSU to Resident and may make some Washington financial aid available.