Washington Border Policy

The Washington Border Policy benefit allows Washington residents who live in 11 approved border counties to
attend Portland State University part-time (8 or fewer credits per quarter) and be assessed resident tuition rates.

Eligible counties include: Asotin, Benton, Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Garfield, Klickitat, Pacific, Skamania, Wahkiakum, and Walla Walla


  • This benefit is available to formally admitted undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students at Portland State University. An application form and supporting documents must be submitted to the Registration and Records Office by the end of the registration period for the term in which the WBP tuition benefit is sought.
  • All students must verify their physical presence at an eligible address for at least 90 days prior to enrollment. This documentation includes (but is not limited to) a Washington driver’s license, copies of voter registration, a rental or lease agreement, utility or phone bills, etc.
  • Only certain international visa holders are eligible for this benefit: A, E, G, H1-B, H-1C, I, K, L, NATO, O, R, S, T, TN, U or V, or the spouse or child of an individual holding an H-1B or H-1C visa. Proof of non-immigrant visa is required.

Restrictions and Limitations

  • Enrollment is limited to 8 or fewer credits per term (including summer). Any registration of 9 or more credit hours automatically assesses the entire registration to nonresident rates.
  • Washington Border Policy rates apply only to instructional fees. All other fees remain the responsibility of the student, including late registration fees, late payment charges, special course fees, etc.
  • The Washington Border Policy benefit may not be used concurrently, or in alternating fashion, with the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) tuition benefit.
  • Moving to a non-eligible county in Washington, or to another state such as Oregon, disqualifies you from receiving the Washington Border Policy benefit. Should you move, you must contact the Residency Officer by emailing askres@pdx.edu in order to remove this benefit from your account.
  • You may not accrue time toward establishing Oregon residency while receiving this benefit. Failure to notify or adhere to the rules listed here may impact your future residency reclassification.
  • This benefit will be terminated upon receiving a degree. You may reapply if eligible with admission to a new student level.


Complete the Washington Border Policy Application Form and submit to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the registration period for the term in which the WBP tuition benefit is sought.