Undocumented and DACA Students
Learn about guidelines for applying, paying tuition, and submitting documents for DACA and undocumented students.
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As you begin the process of becoming a student at Bellevue College (BC), please do this first:
- Submit the College Admission Application
- We review your residency status at the time we process your application
- We may ask you to send us information about your immigration status
- Don’t Worry! We use this information to see if you can pay resident tuition
- We keep all information private
Pay Resident Tuition as an Undocumented Student
On May 12, 2021, Washington State Governor Inslee signed S.B. 5194, which makes it easier for undocumented students to pay resident tuition. To pay resident tuition you must meet the two conditions below:
- Earn a high school diploma or other credential that is equal to a high school diploma before your first quarter at Bellevue College (BC), and
- Live in Washington State as your primary home for at least the 12 months right before you begin taking classes BC.
You must also complete the online Washington State Residency Affidavit form.
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Students
If you cannot qualify for resident tuition because you do not have a high school diploma or other credential that is equal to a high school diploma you may still qualify if you do the following:
- Submit a copy of your work authorization card and
- A copy of your INS Notice of Action receipt for deferred action
If approved for residency based on the documentation listed above, you must also have lived in Washington State as your primary home for at least the 12 months right before you begin taking classes at BC.
Submit Documents by Mail
Enrollment Services: Residency Office
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue WA 98007
You can also bring your documents to the U Building – First floor lobby – Student Central Service Area for submission.
Document Submission Deadline
- Submit required documents by the suggested admission deadline for the quarter you plan to become a resident as indicated on the online academic calendar. If you meet this deadline you can ask for a tuition deferment, which holds you in your classes without payment until we can decide on your request.
- If you submit the documentation after the suggested admission deadline you do not qualify for a tuition deferment, and you must pay your own tuition. However, if you later qualify for residency status, you can receive a refund of the difference between non-resident and resident tuition
- We can approve residency going back to the beginning of the current school year, which starts on July 1.