Office of the University Registrar

Application Process

Please review the process to apply for a change in residence classification which is campus specific.

Residence Questionnaire – By Campus

UW Seattle Students

Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire and UW Seattle documentation checklist PDF form appropriate for your situation (financially independent student or financially dependent student) and provide all requested supporting documentation verifying you have met the residency requirements. Submit the completed questionnaire and documentation checklist to the Seattle campus along with the necessary supporting documentation.
Residence Questionnaire – Financially Dependent
Residence Questionnaire – Financially Independent

UW Bothell Students

All applications and supporting documentation must be sent directly to the Bothell campus. Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire (pdf) specific to Bothell and provide all required supporting documentation for residency verification purposes.

Residence Questionnaire – Bothell

UW Tacoma Students

All applications and supporting documentation must be sent directly to the Tacoma campus. Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire (pdf) specific to Tacoma and provide all required supporting documentation for residency verification purposes.

Residence Questionnaire – Tacoma

Deadlines & Process

All residency and tuition reduction forms are due by the thirtieth (30th) day after the quarter of application begins.

For Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters, the UW Residence Classification Office will accept residency questionnaires and documentation no earlier than 30 calendar days before the start of the quarter. For Autumn quarter, the office will accept residency questionnaires and documentation no earlier than 60 calendar days before the start of the quarter.

The Residency Questionnaire, Documentation Checklist, and hard (physical) copies of all required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Residence Classification Office by postal mail or put in the drop box located on the second floor lobby of Schmitz Hall. Residency applications and additional documentation are not accepted by email or fax.

The residency review for a quarter begins approximately four weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Residency applications are reviewed in the order received and may take four to six weeks to process.

Students will receive an email receipt confirmation once the residency application has been received by the Residence Classification Office.

Please Note: There is no retroactive backdating for residency to previous quarters, if approved.

Incomplete Applications

Residency applications submitted without all required documentation, or in the event the Residence Classification Office must request additional documentation due to unclear or ambiguous situation, all paperwork must be received by the Residence Classification Office no later than the last day of the applied-for quarter. If documentation is received after the last day of the quarter applied, the application will be transferred to the following quarter for review.

Additional Information

Processing Time: Contacting the Residence Classification Office to inquire about an application status decreases the time available for staff to process applications. Please help residency staff process applications in a timely manner by waiting six weeks before inquiring about application status. Everyone’s patience is greatly appreciated.

Documentation: All applications and documents submitted to the Residence Classification Office become the property of the University of Washington and will not be returned to students. The University keeps all documentation in a highly secured facility for 6 years (for record retention and auditing purposes) and destroys the files after that time period. It is suggested that applicants submit copies of the original documents in case they are needed for personal record-keeping.

Office Equipment: The Residence Classification Office does not have printers or copy machines accessible for public use.

Other Application Forms


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is current as of 03/05/2018. The University of Washington reserves the right to update or remove this page as necessary for clarity and/or to reflect changes to residency law or university policies. This website is intended as guidance only and students are advised to refer to the Washington state laws on residency for current statutes and additional information. See RCW Chapter 28B.15WAC Chapter 250-18, and WAC Chapter 478-160.

The UW Residency Classification Office will administer residency determinations in accordance with the current law at the time of application.