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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).

Looking to establish residency for next year?

See our information on Establishing Residency in the Future

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.

When Do I Apply?

Applications may be submitted up to 60 days before the start of the semester that you desire residency. If you apply earlier, documents must be valid through the first day of that semester. 

What Is The Last Day To Apply?

Completed applications are due to the appropriate office by the 30th day of classes for the semester you are seeking residency. See the WSU Academic calendar if these dates are not updated. 

Fall 2019


Spring 2020

September 17, 2019

  February 11, 2020

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.