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, 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.

Active Duty Members Stationed in Washington

To be eligible for residency, active duty military members must be currently stationed in Washington. To apply for residency for tuition purposes as an active duty military member or as a member’s spouse/dependent, students must provide the following criteria:

  1. Complete and print the Resident Tuition for Military Personnel Form. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the student’s military ID and a copy of active duty military member’s orders to be stationed in Washington. See form for details.

Review process time may take at least one to two weeks. After two weeks, students may contact our office to inquire about the application status.

Resident Tuition for Veterans and Eligible Individuals

Effective July 24, 2015, ESSB 5355 was signed into law in July 2015, 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.

A “covered individual” is defined in the Choice Act as:

  1. A Veteran who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three (3) years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  2. A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three (3) years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.
  3. A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state in which the institution of higher learning is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residency) and enrolls in the school within three (3) years of the service member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

The Choice Act does not apply to active duty service members or dependents of active duty service members.

Covered Individuals

Covered individuals may qualify to pay in-state tuition and fees, regardless of his/her formal state of residence. To apply for residency for tuition purposes as covered individuals, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Separated from the uniformed services with any period of honorable service after at least ninety (90) days of active duty service. 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. Lives in Washington and enters a Washington higher education institution within three (3) years of discharge from a period of active duty service. Enters is defined as the first day of the quarter prior to the end of the third year of discharge.
  3. Has received a Certificate of Eligibility (Sample) verifying VA educational benefit.

Procedure:

  1. Complete the Resident Tuition for Veterans form.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the “Member 4” DD-214 and a Certificate of Eligibility. See form for details.

Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

Washington National Guard Members

To apply for residency for tuition purposes as a Washington National Guard member or as a member’s spouse/dependents, students must provide the following criteria:

  1. Complete and print the Washington National Guard formOriginal copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the student’s military ID and a copy of member’s orders showing date of assignment to Washington State. See form for details.

Discharged Members

Discharged members who joined the military in Washington must complete the following to apply for residency:

  1. Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire PDFOriginal copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  2. Submit a copy of their DD-214 showing Washington as their place of entry and date separated.
  3. Provide verification of returning to Washington State within 12 months of discharge.

Washington Members Stationed Elsewhere

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

  1. Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire PDF.Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  2. Documentation of the active duty military member’s home of record (L.E.S. – Leave and Earnings Statement).
  3. 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.