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Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit

Common name: Residency Affidavit

Deadline

Residency Affidavits due by the 30th day of the semester. Affidavits received after that date will be applied to the next semester. Visit the Residency homepage for a list of the current dates.

Eligibility Requirements

The laws regarding the Residency Affidavit have changed for terms starting after 7/25/21, including Fall 2021. The new Residency Affidavit is available at the bottom of this page. Students who completed the WASFA do not need to apply; the Residency Affidavit was part of that process.

Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements may submit a Residency Affidavit. If you want to take a short quiz/survey to see if you're eligible, visit our residency survey page. We do not collect your answers, but the survey can help you easily determine if you meet the criteria for residency using the affidavit.

Terms starting after 7/25/21 

Per Senate Bill 5194, effective 7/25/21, students may qualify for resident tuition at WSU if they:

  • Earn a high school diploma, GED, or diploma equivalent before the first term at WSU, AND
  • Maintain a permanent residence in Washington for at least one year (12 consecutive months) immediately before the first term at WSU, AND
  • Sign an affidavit stating that they meet the above requirements, AND
  • Students who are not US citizens, national, or permanent resident agree to file an application to become a permanent resident of the US as soon as they are eligible to apply. They additionally agree to engage in activities designed to prepare them for citizenship, including citizenship or civics review courses.

Are you eligible? Find out!

Try our Residency Affidavit Survey to see if you are eligible to use this affidavit.

F or J Visa?

If you are an International student with a F-1 or J-1 visa status, a residency application could have a negative impact on your future immigration applications. We highly recommend that you consult with an immigration advisor at WSU: IP-International Student and Scholar Services prior to completing a Residency Affidavit. If you have previously applied for residency, and wish to withdraw this application, please contact the WSU Registrar's Office.


How do I apply using the Residency Affidavit?

WASFA

If you completed the WASFA any year after 2019, you completed the affidavit as part of your application. You do not need to apply for residency, however you do need to check your tuition bill to see if you were granted resident tuition. If you have questions, email us.

Online application

WSU's Online Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit. Online applications are processed more frequently.

Paper application

Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit

Applications may be emailed to the Registrar's Office or mailed to:

Office of the Registrar
French Administration Building, Room 346
PO Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164-1035


When will you process my Residency Affidavit?

Please allow several weeks for processing of your paper or online Residency Affidavit. High school seniors may submit a Residency Affidavit after they have applied for admission. Residency Affidavits submitted prior to high school graduation will be preliminarily approved pending receipt of documentation that demonstrates that the student is eligible. We will provisionally code you as a Resident if you appear to meet the qualifications. If you are a high school senior, and have not graduated when you submit your WASFA, we will review your updated high school transcript when your school submits it to WSU. Additional documentation may be required for students who did not immediately attend WSU after high school. Watch your email for emails from Smartsheet or residency@wsu.edu.


For Terms starting prior to 7/25/21

Students may qualify for resident tuition at WSU if they:

  • Graduate from a Washington high school with a diploma, earn a GED, or earn a diploma equivalent, AND
    • High school graduates must finish their full senior year at a Washington high school.
  • Live in Washington for at least three consecutive years (36 months) immediately before the date they earn a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, AND
  • Continuously live in Washington after the date they earn a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent until admitted to college, AND
  • Sign an affidavit stating that they meet the above requirements. Students who are not US citizens, national, or permanent resident will also commit to applying for US permanent residency when eligible.

Washington House Bill 1079 for submissions prior to 7/25/21

HB 1079 was passed in 2003. It allows students who are eligible to sign this affidavit to pay in-state (resident) tuition and fees at public institutions. Other Washington laws allow these students to meet residency requirements for state financial aid programs. These programs have more requirements.

(e) Any person who has completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a high school diploma, both at a Washington public high school or private high school approved under chapter 28A.195 RCW, or a person who has received the equivalent of a diploma; who has lived in Washington for at least three years immediately prior to receiving the diploma or its equivalent; who has continuously lived in the state of Washington after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until such time as the individual is admitted to an institution of higher education under subsection (1) of this section; and who provides to the institution an affidavit indicating that the individual will file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest opportunity the individual is eligible to do so and a willingness to engage in any other activities necessary to acquire citizenship, including but not limited to citizenship or civics review courses;

RCW 28B.15.012 (2)(e)

Three ways to submit the Residency Affidavit

WASFA filers

If you completed the WASFA, you have already completed the Residency Affidavit. There is no need to submit the online or paper forms. Students who completed the FAFSA should submit the online or paper application. However, if you do the WASFA after the term has started, we recommend that you do the online application as it is processed more quickly. 

FAFSA filers or students who did not apply for financial aid

Online applications

WSU's Online Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit. Use this form if you did NOT complete the WASFA.

Paper applications

Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit. Use this form if you did not complete the WASFA.

Applications may be emailed to the Registrar's Office or mailed to:

Office of the Registrar
French Administration Building, Room 346
PO Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164-1035


Financial Aid

There are financial resources for undocumented students available through Student Financial Services. Students who complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) starting in 2019 may have already submitted the Residency Affidavit. 


Did I get resident tuition?

If you provided your WSU Email address with your online application, we will email you when your residency affidavit is processed. For all other students, you can determine if you are paying resident tuition in myWSU. How do I read my tuition bill?

Do I need to do this every year?

No, the affidavit is submitted once and does not need to be renewed unless you re-apply to WSU, perhaps after a gap year or if you wish to attend Graduate School.

Residency Affidavit
Residency for Tuition