Military Residency

Current or former U.S. Military personnel, spouse or child

Students applying for residency using the military forms below are eligible to pay resident tuition and fees; however, they are not eligible for state need-based financial aid.

Approval to pay resident tuition via military forms does not grant bona fide residency in Washington State. If you are a bona fide resident of Washington, please complete the Residence Questionnaire and return to the Office of the Registrar, in the Mattress Factory Building (MAT), Room 253.

Please carefully read the sections below and click on the one that applies to you.

I am an active duty military member or the spouse/child of an active duty military member stationed in Washington

To be eligible for residency, active duty military members must be currently stationed in Washington. To apply for residency for tuition purposes as an active duty military member or as a member's spouse/dependents, students must provide the following criteria:

1. Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Active Military Personnel Stationed in Washington form. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

2. Provide supporting documentation, such as a copy of student's military ID and copy of active duty military member's orders to be stationed in WA. (see form for details)

Review should take about one week. After that time, students may contact our office to inquire about the status of their paperwork.

I am a veteran or spouse/child of a veteran

To apply for residency for tuition purposes as a veteran or spouse/child of a veteran follow the steps below. 

1. Complete the Tuition Reduction for Veterans & Eligible Spouse/Child form.

2. Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the "Member 4" DD-214 and a Certificate of Eligibility. (See form for details.)

Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

National Guard Members

To apply for residency for tuition purposes as a Washington National Guard member or as a member's spouse/child, students must provide the following criteria:

• Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Washington National Guard form. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

• Provide supporting documentation such as a copy of the student's military ID and a copy of member's orders showing date of assignment to Washington State. (see from for details.)

I am a spouse or dependent child of an active duty military member stationed outside of Washington

If you are the spouse or dependent child of an active duty military member, you are eligible to pay resident tuition if you are eligible for Post 9/11 education benefits.

• Complete and print the Tuition Reduction for Eligible Spouse/Child of Uniformed Service Members form.

• Provide a copy of your sponsor’s active duty military orders.

• Provide a copy of your military ID.

I am a discharged member who joined the military in Washington

Discharged members who joined the military in Washington must complete the following to apply for residency:

• Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

• Submit a copy of their DD-214 showing Washington as their place of entry and date separated.

• Provide verification of returning to the state of Washington within 12 months of discharge.

I am an active duty military member or spouse/child that is a resident of Washington and stationed elsewhere

To apply as members (or dependents) who are Washington State residents but who are stationed in another state or overseas, must provide the following criteria:

• Complete and print the Residence Questionnaire. Original copy of the form must be returned to our office. Emails and faxes are not accepted.

• Documentation of the active duty military member's home of record (L.E.S. - Leave and Earnings Statement)

• Documentation showing that Washington legal ties have been maintained while being stationed elsewhere. You need at least three of the following:

o Driver's License

o Voter Registration

o Vehicle Registration

o Bank Account

o Property Ownership