Office of the University Registrar

Medical Student Applicants

As part of the admissions process, the UW School of Medicine Admissions Office requires some applicants to verify their Washington residency through our office.

The information on this page is for those UW School of Medicine applicants only.

Residency Affidavit

If you are a School of Medicine applicant who meets the requirements below, you are eligible to submit the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit to verify your residency status.

  1. You must have received a high school diploma (or equivalent).
  2. You must have maintained a primary residence in Washington for at least one year (12 months) immediately prior to starting your first admitted quarter at the University of Washington Seattle. For 2022 Medical School applicants, this means you must have established your primary residence in Washington on or before June 20, 2021.
  3. You must affirm that you are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or that you will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as you are eligible to apply.

If you meet the above requirements, download the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit, fill in the applicant information and sign the form, then submit it to us via the special Medical Applicant submission portal.

Residence Questionnaire

If you do not meet the requirements of the affidavit, you can submit a Residence Questionnaire. There are two ways to verify residency using the Residence Questionnaire:

  1. If you are claiming residency because you are financially dependent on a parent or court-appointed legal guardian who is a resident of Washington State, please go to our page for Financially Dependent Students for information about how to complete the Residence Questionnaire as a financially-dependent student, and what information and documentation you will need to provide.
  2. If you are claiming residency because you are a current resident of Washington State who is financially-independent and attending school or working out-of-state, please go to our pages for Financially Independent Students and Washington Residents Absent from State for information about how to complete the Residence Questionnaire as a financially-independent student, and what information and documentation you will need to provide.

To verify residency using the Residence Questionnaire, the completed questionnaire, documentation checklist, and copies of all required supporting documentation must be submitted via the special Medical Applicant submission portal.

When completing the questionnaire, the term of application is Summer of the year you will start medical school (current year +1).  Applicants should mark the categories “New,” “Professional,” and enter “UWSOM” in the blank line next to “School.” In the “ID number” field, applicants should provide their AMCAS number. Please provide a valid and legible email address as this is the only form of communication between the applicant and the Residence Classification Office.

The information on this page is for applicants verifying their legal residency; not School of Medicine Residency and Clinical Fellowship Programs.

 


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is current as of 08/12/2021. 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 478-161.

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