Residency Requirements

Tuition and residency

As a state public university, Washington State University Tri-Cities has different tuition rates for state residents and non-residents. State law sets the rules governing who qualifies as a resident for tuition-paying purposes.

How to know if you qualify for resident tuition

WSU Tri-Cities will let you know whether or not you qualify for resident tuition in your admission materials.Generally speaking, if you and your family live permanently in Washington state and have been living in-state for at least the last year, you’re considered a resident for tuition purposes.

If you do NOT live in Washington and do not intend to establish residency, you may qualify for a reduced tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Freshmen and transfer students starting at WSU Tri-Cities in Spring, Summer, and Fall who live in participating states may receive our special WUE tuition rate of 150 percent of WSU Tri-Cities’s in-state tuition. See if you qualify for the reduced tuition WUE rate!

How to establish residency for tuition-paying purposes

To apply for residency status, you’ll need to complete a form and provide some verification; see the WSU Registrar’s Office residency page for more information on the state’s criteria and for the forms you need.

If you’re not sure whether you should apply for residency status, or if you have questions about the verification process, contact the WSU Registrar’s Office at 509-335-5346.

Native American students

Members of any federally recognized American Indian tribe whose customary and tribal boundaries include portions of Washington are eligible for resident tuition under certain circumstances, as provided by RCW 28B.15.0131 .

If you have any questions, please call the WSU tribal liaison at 509-335-8618.

Graduate students

Special residency criteria apply to graduate students who have teaching or research assistantships. If you’ll be moving into Washington to attend graduate school, contact your academic department (or the registrar’s office) for information on residency procedures.

Note: This is a guide to the admission process, not a statement of policy. See the WSU General Catalog for official requirements and regulations.