HOUSE BILL 1079
Effective July 1, 2003, Washington state law changed the definition of “resident student.” The law makes certain students eligible for resident student status – and eligible to pay resident tuition rates – when they attend public colleges and universities in this state. The law does not make these students eligible to receive need-based state or federal financial aid. To qualify for resident status, students must have met all of the following 3 criteria:
- Received a diploma from a Washington high school after completing the full senior year and lived in Washington State for three years immediately prior to receiving the diploma or lived in Washington State for three continuous years immediately prior to receiving the equivalent of a high school diploma (GED); and
- Continuously resided in the State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent, and
- Submit the required Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit promising to file for permanent resident status at the earliest opportunity and indicating a willingness to engage in other activities necessary to acquire citizenship (applies to non-US citizens).
If you are eligible, please print and complete the HB1079 affidavit from the link below. The original should be submitted to the BC Residency Office.
- Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit Declaration Certification [Adobe PDF]
- Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit Declaration Certification [Word document]
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be undocumented?
An undocumented person is a non-citizen who entered the U. S. without legal immigration status or who stayed after the period he/she was authorized to be here.
What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that immigrants who arrive to the United States as children and meet several key guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and would then be eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is discretionary determination to prevent removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status. You may learn more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and helpful resources and services at the following websites: US Center for Immigration Services (USCIS) DACA Page , http://www.wdac.info/p/about.html , http://www.ccsww.org/site/PageServer?pagename=refugeeimmigration_index , http://nwirp.org/resources/dreamer , http://www.weownthedream.org/
I have Deferred Action status. Can I pay resident tuition?
Washington State has no provision at this time for deferred action students to pay tuition at the resident rate. Students who meet the conditions of HB1079 may pay resident tuition.
If I am undocumented, can I apply for financial aid?
As an undocumented student, you are not eligible for state and Federal (FAFSA) financial aid. However, the Bellevue College Financial Aid Office may award financial assistance to any student who is not eligible for financial aid. You may find the waiver application at: http://fa.bellevuecollege.edu/forms?page=2 or contact the Financial Aid office at (425) 564-2700 for further information.
Where can I find out about scholarships for undocumented students?
There are several places where you can find scholarship lists that do not require you to be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, and that do not ask for a social security number. The following websites include scholarship lists: www.maldef.org , www.salef.org, www.fastweb.com,