Edmonds College Logo
Admissions

Washington State Residency Information

Your Washington State residency status determines the amount you pay in tuition. Based on how you answered residency questions on the Admission application, a determination is made as to whether or not you pay resident or non-resident tuition.

Use the guidelines listed below to determine if you are a resident or a non-resident student. Note: Supplemental documents may be requested during the application and reviewing processes.

Please submit hard copies of your residency application and related documents to the Enrollment Services office (Lynnwood Hall, first floor). 

During the COVID-19 related campus closure, residency applicants can send their residency application and the related documents to this email address. Please send your residency application and all the related documents in a single email (no multiple emails please).

The deadline for submitting a residency application is exactly one month from the start of the quarter (e.g to be considered for a residency change for Spring Quarter 2020, which starts on April 13, students must submit their completed Residency Application to Enrollment Services by May 13). 

Students over the age of 24:

  • Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes, AND
  • Lived in Washington for other than educational purposes
  • Can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)

Financially independent students age 24 and under:

  • Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes.
  • Lived in Washington for other than educational purposes
  • Can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)
  • Provide for basic living expenses using your own resources, AND
  • Not claimed, and will not be claimed as a dependent of another person for the previous tax year and can show proof of such by providing first page of parent/guardian tax return (proof needed only if submitting a Residency Application),
  • Some exceptions may apply if you are married or a parent. Contact Admissions for details.

Financially dependent students age 24 and under:

  • Claimed, and will be claimed on the tax return of a parent or legal guardian for the current and previous calendar year, AND
  • Parent or legal guardian has lived in the state of Washington at least one year prior to the start of the quarter in which you wish to start taking classes.
  • Parent or legal guardian can provide a valid and official WA state picture ID (and Permanent Resident Card if applicable)

Residency options for undocumented students

For students with DACA Status (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals):

Please note that effective July, 2015, DACA students may qualify to pay resident tuition.  Students on DACA status will be asked to provide a copy of their work authorization card, their INS notice of action receipt, and proof that they have established domicile in Washington for at least 12 continuous months prior to the first day of the quarter in which they wish to apply.  Please contact the residency officer for more information.

For more information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), please visit the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services webpage and the National Immigration Law Center.

SENATE BILL 5194 (formerly HB1079):

Overview

Effective July 25, 2021, Senate Bill 5194 significantly changes Washington’s tuition equity law. Section
nine of the bill amends RCW 28B.15.012(2)(e), making it easier for all Washingtonians, including and
especially undocumented students, to meet residency requirements for tuition and state financial aid.
Since 2003, this part of residency law has been known informally as “HB 1079” for the bill that created
it. This law may be met by any student, regardless of citizenship or legal immigration status. It is one
of the many ways that students can meet residency requirements. The other ways to meet residency
requirements still exist.

Requirements

To be a resident student under this law, students must:

  • Earn a high school diploma, GED, or diploma equivalent before their first term at the college determining residency,
  • Maintain a primary residence in Washington for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before their first term at the college determining residency, and
  • Sign an affidavit saying they meet the above requirements and that one of the following is true:
    They will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as they are eligible to apply. And, that they are willing to engage in activities designed to prepare them for citizenship, including citizenship or civics review courses or
    They are a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident.

If you feel you qualify to pay resident tuition under SB 5194, complete the Admission Application and attach the Residency Affidavit (SB 5194) form to the application. You can also submit the Residency Affidavit to the Enrollment Services Office by emailing it to registration@edmonds.edu.

If you are on an F1 visa then please contact the Director of Enrollment Services, Testing, and Assessment Services to see if you qualify. 

 

Your information is kept confidential and is not reported to any government agency, except total numbers for counting purposes.

What to do if wish to have your non-residency status reviewed: