Undocumented and DACA Students


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When applying for admission to the college, Undocumented students should complete and submit the online General Admission Application first, and then follow all other steps listed under Getting Started at Bellevue College. During the initial processing of your admission application, undocumented students are reviewed before a residency decision is made.Many undocumented and DACA students qualify for Washington State residency by following one of the two processes listed below.

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Residency Application Process for Undocumented Washington State High School or Equivalent Graduates

You may qualify or apply for Washington State residency after meeting 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 lived 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).

Submit the following to Student Central:

  • The Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit/Declaration/Certification form. Note: We keep this form only in the Residency Office, and your name remains confidential. We do not report your name or any of your information to state or federal government agencies, nor do we reveal your status to any other department or college employee. When approved, you appear as a Washington resident on our college records.
  • A copy of your high school transcript or documentation of completion of GED or high school equivalent.

Residency Application Process for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)  Students

Students approved under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and living in the State of Washington for at least 12 months may also qualify for Washington State residency. If you are a DACA student who meets this requirement, please submit the following to Student Central:

  • A copy of your work authorization card
  • INS Notice of Action receipt for deferred action

Document Submission Deadlines

  • Submit required documents by the final admission deadline as indicated on the online academic calendar. Students who meet this deadline may be eligible for a tuition deferment, which holds students in their classes without payment until a decision is made.
  • Final Deadline – Apply by the 30th calendar day of the quarter. Students should check the online academic calendar for exact dates. By regulation, the college processes applications and documents received after the deadline for the next quarter.

If you submit your documents after the final deadline, you do not qualify for a tuition deferment. However, if you later qualify for residency status, you will receive a refund of the difference between non-resident and resident tuition.


Last Updated October 17, 2019