A Washington law determines whether students can be considered residents of Washington eligible to pay in-state resident tuition rates at public institutions (RCW 28B.15.012). This law was revised in 2003 to allow certain students attending public colleges and universities to be eligible for resident student tuition rates. In 2014, Senate Bill 6523 - the Real Hope Act was passed. The state's financial aid law was amended so that these students are eligible to be considered for need-based state aid (State Need Grant) if they are attending either public or participating private college in Washington.
You may be eligible for resident tuition if you meet the following conditions:
- Completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a high school diploma at a Washington public or private high school or received the equivalent of a diploma;
- Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (36 months) immediately prior to receiving the diploma or its equivalent;
- Continuously lived in the State of Washington after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until such time as the student is admitted to an institution of higher education.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Complete the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit/Declaration/Certification form
- Submit the following supporting documents along with the form:
- Official high school transcript or equivalency of a high school diploma
- Copy of your Washington driver's license or identification card
- Copy of your immigration document or visa (only if you have this documentation)
- Copy of your (Green Card) I-485 Form (only if you have filed this form)