Tuition and fees

Tuition costs depend on enrollment status (full or part-time) and residency. Current tuition cost can be found on the WWU graduate school website. Full-time students are those registered for 10 - 18 credits.

Under Washington State Law, a resident student is defined as:

  1. A financially independent student who has had a domicile in the State of Washington for the period of one year immediately prior to the time of commencement of the first day of the quarter for which he/she is registered and has in fact established a bona fide domicile in this state primarily for purposes other than educational, or
  2. A financially dependent student, if one or both of his or her parents or legal guardians have maintained a bona fide domicile in the State of Washington for at least one year immediately prior to commencement of the quarter for which the student has registered.
  3. A student who is the spouse or a dependent of a person who is on active military duty stationed in the state. Such a student is classified as a resident for tuition purposes only and is not eligible for other benefits provided to residents.
  4. A student who is a member of one of 33 Native American tribes in Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington. Such a student is classified as a resident for tuition purposes only and is not eligible for other benefits provided to residents.
  5. A student who is an undocumented non-citizen who has resided in the state at least three years prior to high school graduation, who has continued to reside in the state, and who signs an affidavit promising to apply for permanent resident status as soon as legally able to do so.
  6. Any person who has lived in Washington, primarily for purposes other than educational, for at least one year immediately before the date on which the person has enrolled in an institution, and who holds lawful nonimmigrant status pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Sec. (a) (15) (E) (iii), (H) (i), or (L), or who holds lawful nonimmigrant status as the spouse or child of a person having nonimmigrant status under one of those subsections, or who, holding or having previously held such lawful nonimmigrant status as a principal or derivative, has filed an application for adjustment of status pursuant to 8 U.S.C. Sec.1255 (a);


Further information regarding residency classification and exemptions from the requirement to pay non-resident fees may be obtained from the Registrar's Office. Individuals seeking a change in residency classification must obtain a residency questionnaire from the Registrar's Office, attach the required documentation, and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the beginning of the quarter for which a residency reclassification is requested. In the absence of a completed questionnaire and supporting documentation, an individual's residency classification will remain unchanged.

Page Updated 02.14.2012