Office of the University Registrar

Current and Former US Military Personnel, Spouse, and Children

Students applying for residency using the military forms below are eligible to pay resident tuition and fees; however, you are not eligible for state need-based financial aid.

Approval to pay resident tuition via the military forms does not grant bona fide residency in Washington State.

Tuition Reduction for Active Duty Members Stationed in Washington

To be eligible for in-state tuition under this provision, active duty military members must be currently stationed in Washington. To apply for in-state tuition and fees as an active duty military member or as a member’s spouse/dependent, students must:

  1. Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Active Military Personnel Stationed in Washington form.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the student’s military ID and a copy of the active duty military member’s orders to be stationed in Washington. See the form for complete details.
  3. Submit physical copies of the form and documents to our office via postal mail or the drop box located on the second floor of Schmitz Hall. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

The application is typically processed about four weeks prior to the start of the quarter and may take at least two weeks to review.

Tuition Reduction For Veterans and Eligible Spouse/Child

Effective July 24, 2015, ESSB 5355 was signed into law, modifying the definition of resident student to comply with federal requirements established by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2015 (Choice Act). The Choice Act requires states to charge in-state tuition and fees to “covered individuals” in order for the Department of Veterans Affairs to approve programs of education for everyone training under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Montgomery GI Bill.

Effective July 1, 2017, the definition of a “covered individual” in the Choice Act has been modified to the following:

  1. A veteran who enrolls in the institution of higher education within three (3) years of discharge from a period of active duty service of ninety 90 days or more.
  2. A spouse or child who is entitled to transferred VA educational benefits based on their relationship to an individual who has separated from the uniformed services and enrolls in the institution of higher education within three (3) years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

Covered Individuals

Covered individuals may qualify to pay in-state tuition and fees, regardless of his/her formal state of residence. To apply for in-state tuition and fees as a covered individual, you must:

  1. Be separated from the uniformed services with any period of honorable service after at least ninety (90) days of active duty service (or are a spouse or child of an individual who separated from the uniformed services under these terms).
    Uniformed services include: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps;.
  2. Enter a Washington higher education institution within three (3) years of discharge from a period of active duty service. This means that the first day of your first quarter must be prior to the end of the third year of discharge; and
  3. Be eligible for VA educational benefits (for veteran member); or
    entitled to VA educational benefits (for veteran spouse/child)

Procedure:

  1. Complete the Tuition Reduction for Veterans and Eligible Spouse/Child form.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the “Member 4” DD-214 and a copy of the Certificate of Eligibility (Sample) verifying VA educational benefit. See the form for complete details.
  3. Submit physical copies of the form and documents to our office via postal mail or the drop box located on the second floor of Schmitz Hall. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

The application is typically processed about four weeks prior to the start of the quarter and may take at least two weeks to review.

Tuition Reduction for Eligible Spouse/Child of Uniformed Service Members

Effective July 1, 2017, Congress passed a law, which modifies Section 702 of the Choice Act. As amended, the Choice Act was modified to include the following:

  1. A spouse or child who is entitled to transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits from an individual who is currently on active duty in the uniformed services.
    Uniformed services include: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
  2. A spouse or child who is entitled to receive benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and enrolls in the institution of higher education.

Post 9/11 Eligible Spouse/Child

Post 9/11 GI benefit eligible students may be eligible to receive in-state tuition and fees if they:

  1. Are a spouse, former spouse, or child of an individual who is currently on active duty in the uniformed services; and
  2. Are entitled to transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill educational benefits.

Fry Scholarship/DEA (CH 35) Eligible Spouse/Child

Recipients of the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship or Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) may be eligible to receive in-state tuition and fees if they:

  1. Are a spouse, former spouse, or child of a uniformed service member who died in the line of duty; and
  2. Are entitled to receive the Fry Scholarship or DEA

Procedure:

  1. Complete the Tuition Reduction for Eligible Spouse/Child of Uniformed Service Members form.
  2. Provide the required supporting documentation based on the appropriate VA educational benefit (see the form for complete details).
  3. Submit physical copies of the form and documents to our office via postal mail or the drop box located on the second floor of Schmitz Hall. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

The application is typically processed about four weeks prior to the start of the quarter and may take at least two weeks to review.

Tuition Reduction for Washington National Guard Members

To apply for in-state tuition and fees as a Washington National Guard member or as a member’s spouse/dependents, students must:

  1. Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Washington National Guard Members form.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the student’s military ID and a copy of member’s orders showing the date of assignment to Washington State. See form for complete details.
  3. Submit physical copies of the form and documents to our office via postal mail or the drop box located on the second floor of Schmitz Hall. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

The application is typically processed about four weeks prior to the start of the quarter and may take at least two weeks to review.

Washington Military Members Stationed Elsewhere

Washington residents, who enter the military while domiciled in Washington or established a domicile while stationed in Washington for a period of at least one year, will remain residents while being stationed outside of Washington if they:

  • Return within one year (12 months) of discharge/end of service with the intent to be domiciled in Washington.
  • Maintain all legal ties in Washington.

To apply as military members (or dependents) who are Washington State residents but are stationed in another state or overseas, students must:

  1. Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire PDF.
  2. Provide documentation of the active duty military member’s state of legal residence (L.E.S. – Leave and Earnings Statement).
    • The military member will need to provide a copy of their current L.E.S. and L.E.S. from 12 months prior to the quarter of application for residency.
  3. Provide documentation showing that Washington legal ties have been maintained while being stationed elsewhere. At least three of the following must be provided:
    • Driver’s License
    • Voter’s Registration
    • Vehicle Registration
    • Bank Account
    • Property Ownership

 

For more information, please reference the Residency FAQS.