Washington state residency for tuition purposes is initially determined during the admissions process based your application for admission to WSU. If you are coded as a non-resident, you must apply for Residency to change your status to resident.
Pay the Resident portion of your tuition bill while you wait for your residency determination. You will not be accessed late fees if you have a pending residency application. Use the WSU Estimated Cost of Attendance to calculate what amount that would be.
If your tuition bill is due before your residency is determined, pay the RESIDENT TUITION amount while your application is pending. Applications can take several WEEKS to process. Watch your WSU email account for emails from Smartsheet. Residency applications submitted through the following dates have been processed.
For terms starting 7/25/21 or later, Senate Bill 5194 makes it easier for students living in Washington state to meet the residency requirements for resident tuition. Online Residency Affidavit.
Students live in Washington 12 months prior to the first term at WSU should read more about it.
Apply WSU Online Residency Application through 9/21/21. Paper applications are no longer accepted for Undergraduate/Professional students.
Processing time may be longer during peak periods. Review your WSU email for an email from Smartsheet.
These announcements rotate; there are currently 3 announcements.
The Residency Surveys can show if you're possibly eligible for residency for tuition purposes and what type of application to use. The surveys are NOT the application; they are tools to help you determine your eligibility. We recommend them as a first step in the residency process.
After you physically move to Washington, you must take steps to establish a domicile, which must include obtaining Washington state documents, such as a driver's license or state identification card. Your documents needed to be issued no later than 10/31/20 to be eligible for Fall 2021.
See our Future Residency page for actions that you should take before 9/23/21 to establish residency for Fall 2022.
60 days before the start of the semester that you desire residency. Applications are processed through the 30th day of classes. Though we accept Fall applications a littler earlier than 60 days, the submitted documents must be valid through the first day of the semester. We do not process late applications. Applications must be received by or postmarked by the deadline date.
|Fall 2021||Spring 2022|
|Apply by 9/21/21||11/1/21 - 2/8/2022|
|See the WSU Academic calendar if these dates are not updated.|
Read our Residency General Information page plus the information posted for each category of residency:
Use the checklist posted on the Independent & Dependent student pages to assemble your supporting documents. Plan to complete the application in one sitting.
Paper or emailed applications are accepted for Graduate students only.
Here's a link to a page that shows you how to read your tuition bill in myWSU. Please note that it take several days for your tuition bill to update after a residency change.