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Washington Residency for Tuition Purposes

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.

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Information about your residence hall and WSU Housing & Residence Life.

Am I Eligible?

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.

State law requires a waiting period of 12 months

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. 

Future Residency

See our Future Residency page for actions that you should take before 9/23/21 to establish residency for Fall 2022. 

When Can I Apply?

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.


How Do I Apply?

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

Residency Application

Use the checklist posted on the Independent & Dependent student pages to assemble your supporting documents. Plan to complete the application in one sitting.

WSU Online Residency Application

Paper or emailed applications are accepted for Graduate students only.


More Residency Topics

Are you eligible?

​The Application

Planning for next year

Who will process my application?

Physical & email addresses

  • Office of the Registrar, Pullman
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Professional Students
    • Residency Affidavits
    • American Indian residency
    • Military residency 
  • Graduate School, Pullman
    • Graduate Students
  • Office of the Registrar, Vancouver & TriCities
    • Border Bill

The Application Process

  • Questionnaires are reviewed in the order received.
  • Review will take weeks. August and September are especially busy.
  • Notification will be emailed to your email address.
  • You are responsible for paying the resident portion of your fees while awaiting a determination of your residency status.
  • Documents may be mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed to the Graduate School. Documents are not returned and become part of your student file.
  • You may appeal a denial by submitting a letter requesting an appeal.

Did I get Residency?

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.

WA Residency for Tuition Purposes
Residency for Tuition