Office of the University Registrar

Tuition Waivers

Waivers, Exemptions, Reductions

This page provides an overview of tuition waivers and reductions currently implemented by the UW.

Each waiver item includes links to the authorizing state statute in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which outlines any requirements for receiving a tuition waiver. Additional requirements and limitations can be found in relevant sections of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), UW Administrative Policy Statements (APS), and other resources.

Many of these waivers are applied only in specific situations for students who meet specific eligibility requirements, and therefore do not have formal application processes. As applicable, contact information is provided for each waiver.

This page is not exhaustive and may not include certain grant-funded or departmental waiver or scholarship programs. Contact your academic department for any questions.

Washington State Authorization

The University’s Board of Regents is authorized to grant tuition and fee waivers to students pursuant to RCW 28B.15.910 and the laws identified therein. A number of these statutes authorize, but do not require, the Board of Regents to grant waivers for different categories of students and provide for waivers of different fees. For these permissive waivers, that are authorized but not required by state law, the Board of Regents must affirmatively act to implement the legislature’s grant of authority under each individual law. These permissive waivers can be found in WAC 478-160-163.

Certain waivers of tuition or fees are required by Washington State laws for specific student populations and do not require the Board of Regents’ action to implement. The Office of the Registrar and the UW’s Office of Planning & Budgeting coordinate updates to this page in response to changes in state law or implementation of waivers.

Tuition Waivers

UW Faculty/Staff, Washington State Employee Tuition Exemption Program

WAC 478-160-163 provides the statutory requirements of the waiver program; however, additional restrictions regarding program eligibility, admission, registration, and information on excluded courses can be found in APS 22.1 and the Registrar’s Tuition Exemption Program webpage.

UW Seattle UW Bothell UW Tacoma Non-UW Schools
Office of the University Registrar
2nd Floor Schmitz Hall
206-543-8580
regoff@uw.edu
Office of the Registrar
Husky Hall Welcome Center
425-352-5240
uwbreg@uw.edu
Office of the Registrar
MAT 253
253-692-4913
reguwt@uw.edu
Professional and Organizational Development
206-543-1957
pod@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.558

Exemption from Non-Resident Tuition Fees Differential

TAs/RAs, Faculty and Staff and their Spouses and Dependents, and Immigrant Refugees and their Spouses and Dependents

The University is authorized to waive the non-resident portion of tuition for a person residing in the state of Washington if they hold a graduate service appointment (as a teaching assistant or research assistant) or are employed by an academic department for not less than twenty hours per week, are a University employee who is recruited for employment from another state to work at the University or that employee’s spouse or dependent child, or are an immigrant refugee or the spouse or child of a refugee. See WAC 478-160-163 for restrictions on duration of eligibility for faculty, staff, and refugees.

TAs & RAs Staff & Immigrant Refugees Faculty
  1. Employment Unit
  2. Academic Department
  3. Graduate School
    G-1 Communications
    206-543-7152
    gradappt@uw.edu
Office of Residency Classification
226 Schmitz Hall
206-543-5932
resquest@uw.edu
Academic Human Resources
240 Gerberding Hall
206-221-8927
acadpers@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.014

Exemption from Resident Operating Fees and Technology Fees

Persons Holding Graduate Service Appointments

As part of the compensation package for resident students that work as teaching assistants (TAs) and research assistants (RAs), all or part of the operating fee component of tuition is waived. The University fulfills its research mission with the innovation and work of its graduate students and considers waiving all or portion of their tuition a critical part of their compensation for their service to the University. See also RCW 28B.15.014 for exemptions from the non-resident tuition differential.

TAs & RAs
  1. Employment Unit
  2. Academic Department
  3. Graduate School
    G-1 Communications
    206-543-7152
    gradappt@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.615

Students Registered in Excess of 18 Hours if Registered in Certain Professional Programs

The University’s School of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, and School of Law students are sometimes required by their programs to take over 18 credits in a given quarter. The University is authorized to exempt these students from the normal mandatory tuition surcharge for additional credits.

Contact your admitting academic unit for more information.

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.100

Non-Resident Exemption for Medical Students in the WWAMI Program

In an interstate agreement, the University of Washington serves as the medical school for students from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). Students from these states pay resident tuition rates and their home states pay the balance of the cost of instruction directly to the University’s School of Medicine.

UW School of Medicine – WWAMI
Office of Academic Affairs
A300 Health Sciences
206-543-5560

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.225

Tuition Exemption for Children and Surviving Spouses of Certain Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, State Patrol Officers, and Highway Workers

Certain children and surviving spouses of law enforcement officers, firefighters, highway workers and Washington state patrol officers who lost their life or became totally disabled in the line of duty are exempt from tuition and services and activities fees.

Office of Student Financial Aid
105 Schmitz Hall
206-543-6101
finaid@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.380

Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Wrongly Convicted Persons and their Children

The University is required to waive all tuition and fees for wrongly convicted persons and their children who meet certain eligibility requirements as outlined in RCW.

Office of Student Financial Aid
105 Schmitz Hall
206-543-6101
finaid@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.395

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

WICHE is an interstate agreement and supports University graduate and professional students from 16 participating western states by offsetting part or all of the non-resident tuition differential. Washington residents also benefit from this program when enrolling in a participating program in a WICHE state. These waivers apply only to participating programs. See the WICHE website for more information.

Student Fiscal Services
129 Schmitz Hall
206-543-4694
sfshelp@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.544. See also RCW 28B.70.050.

Students of Foreign Nations in Exchange Programs

In certain programs, University students studying abroad are matched by their host institution sending a student to this University. Each student involved in these exchanges can benefit from paying resident tuition rates while each institution supports the visiting student by subsidizing the non-resident tuition differential. The University of Washington is authorized to support up to 100 students with this waiver.

Study Abroad
453 Schmitz Hall
206-543-9272
studyabroad@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.555 through RCW 28B.15.556

Waiver of Tuition and Fees for Eligible Veterans and National Guard Members and their Families

  1. The University may waive all or a portion of tuition and fees for an “eligible veteran or national guard member” who meets certain criteria of service. WAC 478-160-163 further limits eligibility, credit limits, and eligibility to graduate students. Required forms are on the University’s Veterans Education Benefits webpage.
  2. The University is required to waive all tuition and fees for children, spouses, and domestic partners, of an “eligible veteran or national guard member” who became totally disabled as a result of their service, lost their life while engaged in active service, or is determined by the federal government to be a prisoner of war or missing in action. Required forms are on the University’s Veterans Education Benefits webpage.

Veterans Education Benefits
520 Schmitz Hall
206-543-6122
veteran@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.621 Sections (2) and (4)

Intercollegiate Athletics Gender Equity Waivers

Federal law requires that the participation of women in intercollegiate athletics programs be proportionate to the percentage of women in the student population. Providing waivers to certain women athletes assists the University in meeting this federal requirement. See also: RCW 28B.15.455 through 28B.15.460.

Student Athlete Academic Services
206-543-0611

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.740

Need and Merit Waivers

The University withholds a certain percentage of gross tuition operating fee revenue to distribute as tuition waivers for low-income and outstanding students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. These amounts are distributed through the aid awarding process and do not require a separate application.

Student Fiscal Services
129 Schmitz Hall
206-543-4694
sfshelp@uw.edu
Office of Student Financial Aid
105 Schmitz Hall
206-543-6101
finaid@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.740

Other Tuition Waivers

In addition to waivers granted under the authority of RCW 28B.15.910, the University may waive all or a portion of the operating fees for any student, but may not use state general fund support to do so.

Graduate Merit WSS & WAVE Active Duty Military
Contact the Graduate School for more information. Award recipient under the Washington State Scholars and Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) programs. Active duty military assigned to Washington and their children and spouses.
Graduate School
G-1 Communications
206-543-7152
gradappt@uw.edu
Office of the University Registrar
2nd Floor Schmitz Hall
206-543-8580
regoff@uw.edu
Office of Residency Classification
226 Schmitz Hall
206-543-5932
resquest@uw.edu

Authorizing Statute: RCW 28B.15.012