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Students will be initially classified as "resident" or "non-resident" based on the information provided on the Admissions Application. Bellingham Technical College complies with applicable state laws regarding residency classification. Washington residency law is codified in RCW 28B.15 and further explained in WAC 250.18. All students taking state funded credit classes are required to apply to BTC and establish residency status.

Students taking only classes in Basic Academic Skills, Child & Family Studies, First Aid, or Self-Support classes are not subject to Residency Requirements. If you move from these classes into State Funded academic and/or vocational classes, Residency Requirements will be applicable.

International Students and non-US citizens, contact our International Advisor in the Admissions Office at admissions@btc.ctc.edu or 360-752-8324 early in the admissions process.

See DREAMers for assistance for undocumented BTC students.

Military, Veterans, and dependents,
see Residency for Military, Veteran, and Dependent students.

See Tuition & Fees for rate information.

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Washington State Resident Defined

Students will be initially classified as "resident" or "non-resident" based on the information provided on the Admissions Application. Bellingham Technical College complies with applicable state laws regarding residency classification. Washington residency law is codified in RCW 28B.15 and further explained in WAC 250.18.

In general, a student is considered a "resident" for tuition and fee purposes under the following conditions:

  1. The student is a US citizen, or has permanent or temporary resident status, or holds "Refugee-Parolee" or "Conditional Entrant" status with the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, or is otherwise permanently residing in the United States under color of law; and
  2. The student is financially independent for the current calendar year and the calendar year prior to which application is made (if the student is not financially independent, then his/her residency is based on whether one or both parents have met all residency requirements); and
  3. The student (or, if financially dependent, at least one of the student's parents) is in Washington primarily for reasons other than educational and has officially established Washington as his or her true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation for a period of at least one year prior to the start of the quarter of enrollment.

Students may take up to 6 credits per quarter while establishing residency. A student taking 7 or more credits must also maintain employment of 30 hours per week to show intent is other than primarily educational.

Additional Resident Rate Classifications

You may be eligible for the Washington resident rate if you qualify for one of the following classifications:

  • Active Duty Military and Dependents who live in Washington State;
    Washington National Guard and Dependents who live in Washington State
  • Active Duty Military and Dependents whose residence is Washington State
    who are stationed elsewhere
  • Veteran and Dependents; See Residency for Veteran students
  • Native American residing in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington
  • In-State High School Graduates
  • High School Graduates Seeking Permanent Residency

If you are a nonresident student, see Reclassification, and also Waivers, to see if you may be eligible for a reduction in your tuition.

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Seeking Reclassification

  • Deadline: 30 calendar days past the 1st day of the quarter
  • Requests submitted after the 30th calendar day will be evaluated for the next quarter.
  • We recommend that you submit your request before the tuition & fee due date.

Non-Resident to Resident

If you are requesting reclassification from non-resident status to resident status,
submit to Registration

  1. Washington Residence Questionnaire
  2. Proof of Financial Independence or Dependence
  3. Proof that you have met the one-year residency requirement

Details

  • If you are over 24 years of age
    • Proof of employment
    • Proof of 12 months residency in WA prior to first day of the quarter
  • If you are under 24 years of age and financially independent
    • Tax return page one for you and your parent/guardian
    • Proof of you living 12 months in WA prior to first day of the quarter
  • If you are under 24 years of age and financially dependent
    • Tax return page one for your parent/guardian
    • Proof of parent/guardian living 12 months in WA prior to your first day of the quarter
  • If you have been taking classes while establishing residency
    • Transcript proving credits per quarter
    • If taking 7 credits or more, proof of employment for 30 hours per week or more
    • Proof that your primarily reason for moving to WA was other than educational

Examples of proof of living in WA State include, but are not limited to, voter registration, driver's license, motor vehicle registration, home purchase/lease agreement, verification of full-time employment, etc.


Non-Resident to other Resident Rate Classifications

To request reclassification, submit Request for Reclassification or Waiver at BTC and specific documentation required for the classification you seek.


Military, Veterans and Dependents

See Residency for Military, Veteran, and Dependent students.

  • Active Duty Military and Dependents who live in Washington State;
    Washington National Guard and Dependents who live in Washington State
  • Active Duty Military and Dependents whose residence is Washington State who are stationed elsewhere
  • Veteran and Dependents who meet eligibility requirements

Native Americans

If you are a member of a federally recognized tribe or a tribe granted reserved lands within WA State and you have been residing in Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington, submit the Request for Reclassification or Waiver at BTC, your Tribal ID card and proof of residency within the four states listed.


Recent High School Graduates

See The Admissions Office if you think you may be eligible for one of these Classifications.

  • In-State High School Graduates
  • High School Graduates Seeking Permanent Residency


Questions about Reclassification?


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Waivers

Waivers listed are available at Bellingham Technical College. Amount of tuition and/or fees waived is specific to each waiver.

To request a waiver, use the Request for Reclassification or Waiver at BTC.

Submit this form and supporting documentation to Registration by the 30th calendar day of the quarter. Requests submitted after the 30th day will be considered for the following quarter. We recommend that you submit your request before tuition and fees are due.

WA State Waivers
  • Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Law Enforcement Officers or Firefighters (waives tuition)
  • Children and Spouse of Totally Disabled or POW/MIA or Deceased Eligible Veterans or National Guard Members (waives tuition & fees)
  • Wrongfully Convicted Felon (individual and their children and step-children) (waives tuition & fees)

BTC Waivers
  • BTC Tuition Waiver for Out-of-State Students
    (Waives Nonresident Operating Fee Differential portion of tuition)
    (Fee Pay Status 29 - available beginning Spring 2015)

    Students are evaluated for this waiver from the Admissions Application.

    Requirements
  1. United States Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. A resident of one of the other 49 states, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for 12 months before you start classes at BTC.

    Nonresident Veteran Students - If you do not qualify for Military classification, you may request this waiver.

    Rates for the BTC Tuition Waiver are published under Tuition.



See Tuition & Fees for rate information.

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Residency Forms

Bring the appropriate completed form and original supporting documentation to the office indicated to be evaluated.

  • Request for Reclassification or Waiver at BTC (PDF)

    Use the Request for Reclassification or Waiver at BTC to determine which classification or waiver you may qualify for. Submit this form and supporting documentation to the office indicated on the form for your specific type of request.

  • Washington Residence Questionnaire (PDF)

    Submit the Washington Residence Questionnaire to Registration if you wish to prove that you have established WA State Residency.

  • Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit (PDF)

    Submit the Washington HIgher Education Residency Affidavit to Admissions if you are a WA State High School Graduate.


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Who to Contact with Questions

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment to submit documentation, please contact Admissions or Registration depending on your current status and which classification or waiver you are seeking.

Admissions (admissions@btc.ctc.edu or 360-752-8324)

  • International Students
  • Non-US Citizens
  • Undocumented students - see DREAMers
  • High School Graduates

Registration (registration@btc.ctc.edu or 360-752-8579)

  • US Citizen
  • Military
  • Veterans
  • Native American
  • Children/Spouse of Deceased or Disabled Law Enforcement Officers of Firefighters
  • Children/Spouse of Totally Disabled or POW/MIA or Deceased Eligible Veterans of National Guard Members
  • Wrongfully Convicted Felon, Children and Step Children


For Tuition information, see Tuition Rates, and contact Registration for clarification.


The VA School Certifying Official at BTC is able to assist Veteran students and Children/Spouse of disabled, POW/MIA or Deceased Veterans with residency questions and paperwork.


Additional Resources

For legal definitions see WA State Legislature RCW 28B.15

Establishing A Bona Fide Domicile - the University of Washington