Lake Washington Institute of Technology determines residency using the information provided in Section 5 of your admission application. Students with resident status may pay in-state tuition rates, which the State of Washington’s Higher Education budget subsidizes. Students with non-resident status must pay a higher tuition rate that more closely approximates the actual cost of instruction. To be considered residents for tuition purposes, a student must be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident card holder (for at least one year prior to the start of the quarter to which they plan to register), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA), or have a qualifying visa.
To be classified/reclassified as a resident, for tuition and fee purposes, students must establish bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for purposes other than education for the period of one year immediately prior to the classification as a resident.
Non-resident students who are enrolled for more than 6 credits per quarter, shortly after arriving in Washington State, are presumed to be in Washington for primarily educational purposes. These students are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate until proven that they have established bona fide domicile and can provide all supporting domicile documentation, demonstrating establishment of at least one year prior to the quarter of application.
If, on Section 5 of your admission form, you did not answer or made a mistake when answering the questions, or your status changed after you turned in the admission form, you may submit a residency questionnaire and the Residency Officer will review your eligibility for residency.
Residency policies are set by the Washington legislature and applied uniformly throughout Washington’s colleges and universities. For more details regarding residence classification, please reference the following links to read the relevant Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Code.
For any questions or to set up an appointment you can reach the Residency Officer by phone or email. Please note, appointments will not be used to review questionnaires and documents. These appointments are only for answering questions or making clarifications and must be set up at least 24 hours in advance. All emails about residency will be sent to the student’s email account.