Eligible Undocumented


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) – Important  update: Sept. 5, 2017

DACA students are an important part of our college community. The announcement that the DACA program has been suspended, does not diminish Bellevue College’s commitment to welcoming all students.   We  pledge to take steps to ensure our DREAMer students continue to have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals. To that effect we will continue to admit students with deferred action.

President Weber demonstrated his support for students by joining its higher education partners in the State of Washington to issue a strong statement of support of DACA students.  Washington state higher education leadership joint statement after Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) rescinded

Please see this updated community advisory from The Northwest Immigration Rights Project for information

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 of time he or she was authorized to remain in the United States.

If I am undocumented, can I apply for financial aid?

Some 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,

Last Updated September 28, 2017