Office of the University Registrar

Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Refugees and Asylees

Students are eligible to pay reduced tuition and fees if they are classified as a refugee/asylee by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Spouse and dependent children are also eligible for this reduction.

The reduction does not grant bona fide Washington residency; however, it reduces the amount of the non-resident portion of tuition. The waiver is restricted to individuals who:

  • Resides in Washington State
  • Attends the four (4) consecutive quarter from their date of arrival in Washington State.


For additional information, please reference the Washington Administrative Code, section 478-160-163.


To apply, students must provide the following documentation:

  1. Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Non-Resident Refugees and Asylees Application Form. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.
  2. A copy of the I-94 form, Departure Record, and documentation that attests to the date of arrival in Washington State.

If an individual is requesting the exemption on behalf of their spouse/dependent child, one must provide the following documentation, in addition to the guidelines listed above:

  1. Verification of dependent status. See form for details.


Return the form to:

For Seattle/Bothell students: UW Residence Classification Office, 226 Schmitz Hall, Box 355850, Seattle, WA 98195-5850

For Tacoma students: UW Tacoma Registrar’s Office, Mattress Factory 253, Box 358400, Tacoma, WA 98402


For more information, please reference the Residency FAQs.