bright-yellow-square-color-swatch University of Washington In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for the University of Washington.

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University of Washington Tuition Overview:

$33,513 out-of-state tuition

$12,394 in-state tuition

$21,119 tuition savings/year


UW Total Cost of Attendance:

$48,231 out-of-state residents

$27,112 in-state residents

$21,119 savings/year


UW In-State Requirements:

Washington State legislature defines residency status for purposes of tuition, and the University strictly enforces the law.  Basically, a “resident” is domiciled in Washington for 1 year prior to commencement of classes and is financially independent.  If you are taking more than 6 credits per semester, the University presumes nonresident status and the time will not count toward your domicile period.  For your domicile period, be ready to prove how you survived the prior year and how you intend to pay for school.  Your expenses better be less than earned income plus expected financial aid, and remember the University will not include money received by gifts, personal loans or cash earnings.  Also, trust funds or other accounts established for your benefit presume dependence so expect to jump through hoops to prove otherwise.  In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is somebody who:

  • firmly wants to plant their flag in Washington and can sever all ties to other states
    is able to work in Washington
  • can remain in Washington throughout the year with limited absences (including very limited absences during academic breaks)
  • can go to school part time (no more than 6 credits per semester) during the first year
  • does not live in the dorms
  • is able to get student loans as needed
  • is an adult who is fully self-reliant

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UW Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $21,119 is substantial – over $80,000 for your undergraduate degree!  If you are serious about becoming a Washington resident and going to school at UW, it would probably be worth it to pursue residency!


UW Financial Aid:

A couple things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at University of Washington:

1) Any financial aid that requires you to be a dependent on someone else’s taxes OR requires you to be a resident of another state will disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.

2) Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the vastly reduced tuition you will owe.

Recommendation: Do your FAFSA!  You will thank us later!


University of Washington Grants:

Need-based grants are available through federal programs (e.g., Pell  Grant, TEACH grant), state (the State Need Grant administered by the Washington State Achievement Council), and the University (tuition waivers for children of Washington State law enforcement/fire fighters disabled or killed in the line of duty).


University of Washington Scholarships:

Academic Scholarships (residents only)

The University awards approximately 900 academic scholarships each year to Washington state resident students each year.  Submission of FAFSA is all that is required to be considered for these scholarships.  UW also awards tuition waivers to a limited number of in-state undergraduates that demonstrate financial need.

UW Diversity Scholar Award (residents only)

This scholarship is for underrepresented minorities from the state of Washington and is privately funded by individuals, organizations and local businesses (including Boeing and Costco).  This year, recipients received $40,000 (payable over 4 years).  As with most scholarships, academic record and community service are factors, as well as financial need.

The Purple and Gold Scholarship (nonresidents only)

The Office of Admissions considers all admitted nonresident students at their Seattle campus for this four-year scholarship.  Ranging from $3,000 to $7,500 per year, about half of nonresident students receive these scholarships.

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$20,250 out-of-state tuition/year

$7,710 in-state tuition/year

$12,540 potential savings/year

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