Tuition Waivers

The Department of Education is rolling out FAFSA Simplification, an effort to streamline the application process to make it more user friendly. These updates have caused the opening date to be delayed.

Click here to learn more about changes to FAFSA & WASFA.

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 first-year 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

State Employee Tuition Fee Waiver

State Employee Tuition Fee Waiver Request: Use this form to request enrollment using the state employee tuition waiver. For Fall and Spring semesters only. The form goes live at the same time as Pullman approximately 2-3 weeks before the start of each semester. For more detailed information on allowed courses and eligibility, please visit our WSU ETW Policies and Regulations page, as well as the Tuition Waivers – Fall and Spring Semesters page of the Business Policies and Procedures Manual.

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver

Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Request: Use this form if you are age 60 or over, a Washington state resident, and want to audit a course, in which no grade points or university credit will be earned. This tuition waiver is limited to six credits or two courses per semester in the fall and spring semesters only.

IMPORTANT! We can enroll students using these benefits starting on the first day of instruction. Since students can’t access Canvas until they are enrolled, we encourage them to contact instructors directly for course material and/or Zoom links.