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Understanding Washington State Residency

In order for Renton Technical College students to be considered residents for tuition purposes and be eligible for the resident-tuition rate, a student must:

·         Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident immigration status in the U.S. for at least one year, or hold an eligible visa classification (A, E, G H, I, K or L).

·      Be physically present (or his/her legal parent or legal guardian) in Washington for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the quarter.

·      Have established a bona fide domicile (or his/her parent or legal guardian) for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the quarter.

The State of Washington regulates residency determinations at Washington community and technical colleges and public universities in accordance with RCW 28B.15.012-014.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get residency in Washington State?

  2. Where is the Residence Questionnaire application?

  3. How much is the in-state tuition versus the out-of-state tuition?

  4. How do I apply for Residency Reclassification?

Other Residency-Related Resources:

American Indian Students

Eligible Non-Citizens

Financially Dependent

Financially Independent Student

H, E and L Visas

House Bill 1079 Affidavit of Residency

Military Personnel

Residency Requirements

Residents Absent from State


Contact or Visit Us For More  Information:

Robert C. Roberts Campus Center, (Building I, 2nd Floor)

7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday

     *Beginning winter quarter 2013: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday

Renton Technical College | Enrollment Services

3000 NE 4th Street

Renton, WA 98056

Phone:  425-235-2352

Fax: 425-235-7826


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