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Residency Affidavit

Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements may submit a Residency Affidavit, including US Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Are you eligible? Find out!

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

When do I apply?

High school seniors can 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. Residency Affidavits are accepted no later than the 30th day of the semester. Affidavits received after that date will be applied to the next semester.

Submit the Residency Affidavit

If you are eligible, submit the completed Washington State Higher Education Residency Affidavit to:

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

Affidavit's are approved pending satisfactory completion of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. The affidavit is submitted once and does not need to be renewed.


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. 


Washington House Bill 1079

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 (RCW 28B.15.012(2)(e)). Other Washington laws allow these students to meet residency requirements for state financial aid programs. These programs have more requirements.

RCW 28B.15.012 (2)(e)

(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;