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:
Senate Bill 5874 updates eligibility
Senate Bill 5874 goes into effect 6/9/22 updating RCW 28B.15.012. This bill goes above and beyond federal laws by making any student who is eligible for VA educational assistance or rehabilitation benefits a Washington resident student. It also adds new ways to be a Washington resident for certain active-duty military, veterans, and dependents.
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.