Financially Dependent Students
Students who are financially dependent upon parents or legal guardians must provide documentation to prove their parents/legal guardians have established a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington. To be considered, students and parents/legal guardians must have a qualifying status to apply.
Parents/legal guardians must provide the following documentation showing they meet the conditions:
- Establish bona fide domicile in the state of Washington. Please reference Residency Requirements, guidelines #1 & 2.
- Claim the dependent student on the most recent U.S. Federal Income Tax Return (page listing dependents claimed and signature page).
Legal guardianship: Court-appointed documentation is required to verify the guardianship is valid.
Parents/legal guardians who are either divorced or legally separated may be classified as residents as long as the dependent student is claimed by one of the parents/legal guardians and at least one parent/legal guardian has established bona fide domicile in Washington State.
The student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) will need to complete the Residence Questionnaire. Student’s information will be completed on page one. Parent(s)/legal guardian(s)’ information will be completed on page two (Section 3). Both student and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must sign and date the Statement of Intent (page two).
This process requires documentation of residency from the Washington resident parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and taxes from the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) who claims the student only. Students’ documentation is not required.
Note: Married students are considered as financially independent applicants, not financially dependent.
For more information, please reference the Residency FAQs.