HOUSE BILL 1079
A Washington law determines whether students can be considered residents of Washington eligible to pay in-state resident tuition rates at public institutions (RCW 28B.15.012). This law was revised in 2003 to allow certain students attending public colleges and universities to be eligible for resident student tuition rates. In 2014, House Bill 6523 – the Real Hope Act was passed. The state’s financial aid law was amended so that these students are eligible to be considered for need-based state aid (State Need Grant) if they are attending either public or participating private colleges in Washington (RCW28B.92.101). For information on eligibility and the application process for State Need Grant, please visit www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.
To qualify for resident tuition status and/or State Need Grant eligibility, students must complete a affidavit/declaration/certification if they have met the following conditions:
- Resided in Washington State for three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; or
- Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in Washington State for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent diploma (GED) and
- Continuously resided in Washington State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
If you are eligible, please print and complete the HB1079 affidavit/declaration/certification from the following link: Washington Higher Education Affidavit/Declaration/Certification form Please submit the original of the completed and signed affidavit to the residency office. E-mailed or faxed forms, or forms without an original signature, are not accepted.
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. Effective July, 2015, you may qualify to pay resident tuition if you have DACA, status. You will be asked to provide a copy of your work authorization card, a INS notice of action receipt and proof that you have established domicile in Washington for at least 12 continuous months prior to the first day of the quarter. Please contact the residency office for more information.
You may learn more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and helpful resources and services to support undocumented students and DACA applicants at: US Center for Immigration Services (USCIS) DACA Page, and http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/enrollment/admissions/daca/default.asp
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.
If I am undocumented, can I apply for financial aid?
As an undocumented student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). However, in 2014 the state’s financial aid law was amended so that undocumented students may be considered for need-based state aid (State Need Grant). For information on eligibility and the application process for State Need Grant, please visit www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa.
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,