Tuition Waivers

Awards for Washington Residents

Academic Achievement Awards

Eligible students are automatically awarded a renewable merit-based award when they apply for admission. Students must be a Washington state resident and entering the WSU Tri-Cities campus as a freshman or transfer student.

Awards for Non-Washington Residents

Out-of-State Award (WUE)

There is an achievement award designed specifically to help out-of-state students with tuition. This award serves as the university’s Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) award.

I-82 Advantage

Residents of Umatilla County, Oregon who are enrolled more than nine credits may qualify for in-state tuition rates.

Border Bill for Oregon Residents

The state of Washington’s “Border Bill” legislation was first enacted to allow Oregon residents who live in specified counties to attend WSU Tri-Cities part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates for courses taken through the Tri-Cities campus.

This is not a tuition waiver, but does provide a reduced tuition rate for non-resident students.

State Employee Waivers

An eligible individual who enrolls in WSU academic courses during fall or spring semesters may request a waiver of tuition (BPM 60.70). This program is based on availability of space and facilities. A limited number of additional students are accepted if the class can be taught without incurring additional costs. Regular tuition-paying students are seated first.