Office of the University Registrar

Residency

[UPDATE]:

From September 6 through 23, 2016, the Residence Classification Office public service hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm, and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Staff will not be available to answer phones, emails, or assist walk-ins outside of these times.

We appreciate your patience as we focus on application review and processing during this peak period. Please help us process residency applications in a timely manner by reviewing the residency website for information on residency requirements. If you have questions, please email resquest@uw.edu or contact us during office hours.

Understanding Washington State Residency

Overview

To be considered residents for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S Citizen, U.S Permanent Resident card holder (for at least one year), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or have a qualifying visa.

To be classified/reclassified as residents, for tuition and fee purposes, students must establish bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for purposes other than education for the period of one year immediately prior to classification as residents.

Non-resident students who are enrolled for more than 6 credits per quarter, shortly after arriving in Washington State, are presumed to be in Washington for primarily educational purposes. These students are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate until proven that they have established bona fide domicile and can provide all supporting domicile documentation, demonstrating establishment of at least one year prior to the quarter of application.

*For more specific information on bona fide domicile, please reference the Residency FAQs.

Residency Guideline Sources

Residency policies are set by the Washington legislature and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s colleges and universities. For more details regarding residence classification, please reference the following links to read the relevant Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code.