Nonresident Students

Nonresident tuition

Check out Tuition and Affordability for information about nonresident tuition expenses. Learn more at Semester Tuition and Fees.

Please note: If you are Pell grant eligible, the amount of your grants will cover only PART of your nonresident tuition.

If you have questions about your residency status or paying for college, please contact the Cougar Center at 360-546-9779 or

Reduce your tuition

As a nonresident student, you may be able to reduce your tuition bill through the following options.

Border Bill

The State of Washington's Border Bill allows Oregon residents who live in specified counties, or who have recently moved to Washington from those counties, to attend WSU Vancouver part-time (8 credits or less per semester) and pay resident tuition rates. Learn more about the Border Bill.

Nonresident Academic Achievement Award

If you're from outside Washington state and have top grades and test scores, you can get a dramatically reduced tuition rate at Washington State University. Learn more about the Nonresident Academic Achievement Award.

Review all financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Establishing residency

Thinking about becoming a Washington resident? Learn about the process and deadlines for establishing residency for tuition-paying purposes.

Looking for housing?

At this time WSU Vancouver does not offer housing on campus. Explore the Campus Bulletin Board for Housing, or visit other online resources, such as the Columbian and Oregonian newspapers.