Who can qualify?
To qualify for any of the residency classifications listed below, students must be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, refugees or non-immigrant aliens with visa classifications of A, E, G, H, I, K or L.
Residency Classification Definitions
Washington In-State Resident: a person who meets the qualifications of citizenship listed above and who has been domiciled in the state of Washington for a minimum of 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter.
Washington Non-Resident Waiver: a person who meets the qualifications of citizenship as listed above and who has been domiciled in the state of Washington for less than 12 months prior to the beginning of the quarter.
Non-Resident/Non-Citizen: a person who does not meet the qualifications of citizenship as listed above, regardless of their length of time domiciled in the state of Washington.
Oregon Border Waiver: a person who meets the qualifications of citizenship as listed above and who has been domiciled in one of the 13 qualifying Oregon border counties for a minimum of 90 days prior to the beginning of the quarter.
Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver (HB1474): a person who meets the qualifications of citizenship as listed above, was domiciled in a qualifying Oregon border county for at least 90 days immediately prior to moving to Washington State, has been domiciled in Washington for less than 12 months and has taken all steps to declare Washington as their state of permanent residence.
Qualifying Oregon Border Counties: Columbia, Gilliam, Hood River, Multnomah, Clatsop, Clackamas, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco or Washington.
Applying for Residency Reclassification
Students are granted residency classification based on the information provided on the initial admissions application. The student is responsible for submitting the appropriate application and supporting documentation to have residency reviewed for a reclassification to a new category. All residency reclassification requests and documentation are accepted until the 30th calendar day of the quarter. If the application materials are incomplete or received after this date, the request will be reviewed for the following quarter.
Links to the appropriate application for each residency classification are listed below.
- Washington Residency Reclassification Form: used to apply for in-state status by those who did not reside in Washington State for at least 12 months prior to enrolling at Clark College.
- Border County Opportunity Application HB1474: used to apply for in-state status by those who qualify under the Oregon Border Opportunity Waiver guidelines.
- Washington Non-Resident Waiver: used to apply for the waiver by those who originally applied for admissions with a non-Washington State address and who have since moved to Washington and established a domicile.
- Oregon Border Waiver: use to apply for the waiver by those who are domiciled in a qualifying Oregon border county.
- Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit Declaration Certification: used to apply for resident status under HB 1079. In order to qualify students must meet the criteria listed on the form.
Please contact the Admissions Office at (360) 992-2107 with any questions you have regarding your residency status or how to apply for a reclassification. You can also visit our office in the Welcome Center, located in Room 002 of the Penguin Union Building.