Red Square Means In-State Tuition is Most Difficult Western Washington University 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 Western Washington University in Bellingham.

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Western Washington University Tuition Overview:

$20,699 out-of-state tuition

$9,257 in-state tuition

$11,442 tuition savings/year


WWU’s Total Cost of Attendance:

Cost per year includes average estimates for room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses.

$33,161 out-of-state residents

$21,719 in-state residents

$11,442 savings/year


Western Washington University In-State Requirements:

As far as being easy-medium-hard to get residency/in-state status, Western Washington University definitely falls within the arena of being hard, but not impossible. A strong, concrete case is required that showcases your commitment to the state of Washington for reasons more than just going to school. During your domicile period full-time attendance at the school is a disqualifying factor (no more than 6 credits per semester), and you must also be employed by and in the state of Washington no less than 30 hours per week. Want to go to school full-time and not work at all? Well then in-state status at this university would be a no-go for you. Even more strict are the financial requirements—-you must be able to support yourself and all your expenses 100%. For many, taking a gap-year from school over the domicile period is a wise consideration and the best way to showcase to the school you are in Washington for more than just college.

In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is a person who:

  • has the intentions of being a permanent Washington resident
  • can sever all ties to other states and establish them in Washington
  • is able and willing to attend school half-time maximum; you may want to check out ISA’s Top 6 Gap-Year Pros and Cons for Out-of-State College Hopefuls
  • can be gainfully employed by and in the state of Washington at least 30 hours per week
  • can financially support self and all expenses 100%


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Western Washington University Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $11,442 is quite a chunk of change. When looked at over the course of a four-year education, the total difference between resident and non-resident tuition is $45,768.


Western Washington University Financial Aid:

A few things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency at WWU:

  1. Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general 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 reduced tuition you will owe.
  3. If looking at earning residency, then it is important to know that WWU has specific criteria you must abide by when it comes to your usage of (or inability to use!) FAFSA dollars.


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$20,699 out-of-state tuition/year

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$11,442 potential savings/year

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