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Washington State Residency

Washington State Residency for Tuition Paying Purposes

Washington state residency is initially determined during the admissions process for Washington State University based on information that you submitted in your application. If you were determined to be a Non-Resident, you can apply for Residency through the Registrar's Office (for Undergraduate and Professional students), or through the Graduate School (for Graduate students).

Am I eligible?

Take our Residency Survey to see if you might be eligible for Washington state residency for tuition paying purposes and if you should apply as Financially Dependent or Financially Independent. This determination is made independently of your financial aid status. Note: The survey is informational and is not a residency determination. To obtain resident tuition when you have been coded as a non-resident, you must apply for residency. Changing your address in myWSU will not update your residency.

Planning for next year?

Find information on Establishing Residency in the Future on the General Information page.

When Do I Apply?

Applications may be submitted as early as 60 days before the start of the semester that you desire residency. Applications are accepted through the 30th day of classes. Applications for Fall semesters are accepted earlier, however the documents that you submit must be valid through the first day of the semester. 

Spring 2020 Fall 2020
November 13, 2019 - February 11, 2020 May 24 - September 22, 2020
See the WSU Academic calendar if these dates are not updated.


How Do I Apply?

Read our Residency General Information page plus the information posted for each category of residency:

Where Is The Application?

The appropriate application forms are located on the page for each category of residency. There are two forms. Choose the appropriate category above for details.

  • Residency Questionnaire: The application.
  • Residency Checklist: A tool to help you assemble the correct documents.

A complete application includes:

  • Residency Questionnaire
  • Residency Checklist
  • Requested documentation
  • Note: Additional documentation may be requested after we review your application.

See our Application Tips for more information.

Where Do I Apply?

Undergraduate, Vet Med & Pharmacy Students | (509) 335‑5346

Office of the Registrar

French Administration Building, Room 346
Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164‑1035

Mailing Address:
Office of the Registrar
Washington State University
PO Box 641035
Pullman, WA 99164‑1035

Graduate Students | (509) 335‑6424

The Graduate School

French Administration Building, Room 324
Washington State University
Pullman, WA  99164‑1030

Mailing Address:
The Graduate School
Washington State University
PO Box 641030
Pullman, WA 99164‑1030

State of Washington Residency Requirements

  • Residency is determined at the time of formal admission to the university on the basis of information included in the university application for admission.
  • Residency policies are set by the State of Washington (RCW 28B.15) and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s public colleges and universities.
  • Students who do not establish residency will be assessed out of state tuition.
  • Students seeking a change in residence classification must file a Residence Questionnaire and evidence of Washington domicile with the University.
  • Residency is determined by several factors in addition to physical presence in the state of Washington and is based on documentary evidence submitted.