Residency for Tuition Paying Purposes

Your residence status will determine how much tuition you will be charged each quarter and assigned when you are admitted to the college. There are five residency classifications used by Seattle Colleges:

  • Resident
  • Non-resident waiver eligible
  • Non-resident
  • International
  • Undetermined

Residency Requirements

To be considered a resident for tuition paying purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident card holder, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipient, a Washington high school/GED graduate seeking permanent U.S. residency (Washington State Senate Bill 5194), been granted refugee or asylee status, have a qualifying visa or in some cases, applied for asylum.

You will also need to establish a domicile in the state and be physically present for one full year prior to the quarter you wish to attend as a resident student.

If you believe you are eligible for resident tuition, you may request a residency review.

Determine Your Residency Classification

Read the descriptions below to determine your residency classification. Then, review the requirements and next steps of your classification.

These items will be students of this page.

Questions? Your campus Residency Classification Officer can help.