Residency for Tuition Purposes

Military or Civil Service Residency for Tuition Purposes

Your military service, or your relationship to a service member or veteran, may qualify you to receive the Resident (in-state) tuition rate at Washington State University Tri-Cities if the following apply to you:

Active Duty

  • Active duty military members stationed in the state of Washington.
  • Active duty military members who maintained Washington residency, but are stationed outside of the state.
  • Spouses and dependents of the above.

National Guard (Not Reserves)

  • Member of the Washington Army or Air National Guard.
  • Spouses and dependents of the above.


  • Eligible for the Montgomery or Post 9/11 GI Bill, and starting school within three (3) year following discharge from the last period of active duty.

For example: For Spring semester beginning January 13, 2020, the veteran’s last date of separation must be on, or after, January 13, 2017.

Spouses and Dependents

In addition to the situations mentioned above, spouses and dependents can claim the resident tuition rate if:

  • They are eligible for a transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill, and they are starting school:
  • While their sponsor is either on active duty, or
  • If their sponsor is within three (3) years following their last period of active duty.

Apply for Military Resident Tuition

Pullman, Global, Everett, Spokane, and Tri-Cities students: Complete the Military Residency Form and upload the requested supporting documents.

Vancouver students: Visit the Vancouver VA site for your campus specific residency form.

Washington State Residency

Students claiming a resident tuition rate under one of the above military exceptions are advised that this does not change your actual residency status, only the rate of tuition. Students who wish to pursue Washington State residency should consult with the WSU Residency Office. Try this Residency Survey to see if you are eligible.

Note: Washington residency is a requirement of applying for the Washington Need Grant.