We are committed to supporting every undocumented student’s dream to access and earn a college education. This is why we work to inform prospective students and their families about how to best prepare for college and apply to the University of Washington.
Admissions at the University of Washington
One of the most important things for undocumented students to know is that prospective students can apply to University of Washington regardless of their immigration status. There is no federal or state law that prohibits undocumented students’ admissions to public or private universities in the State of Washington. All prospective students will be reviewed under the same admissions criteria regardless of status.
Students who are interested in applying must take the following steps towards applying. Please visit Undocumented Student Resources page for more information.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
The undocumented status of a student exempts them from applying for federal student aid using the FAFSA, but this does not have to be a barrier to attending and succeeding in college. Below are resources that will support undocumented students in Washington state to attain and fund their higher education. Please visit Financial Aid for Undocumented Students page for more information.
1. WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
While undocumented students do not qualify for student aid from the federal government, Washington’s Real Hope Act has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to eligible undocumented students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and the following residency criteria:
- Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED®.
- Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
- Sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply. *
*Students granted deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) must also complete and sign the affidavit.
If you are eligible, you can complete the WASFA application to be considered for State Need Grant.
2. HB 1079
House Bill signed into law by Governor Gary Locke on May 7, 2003. It allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Students must have lived in WA state for at least 3 years and have attained their high school diploma or GED.
The student needs to sign an affidavit in order to receive or be eligible for HB 1079. Dowload the affidavit here.
3. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
On June 15, 2012, President Obama issued an executive order to grant “deferred action” status to prevent eligible young people from being deported. You can now be considered for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” if you meet the below eligibility criteria and allowed to receive a 2-year work permit. However, getting deferred action does not mean you can get a green card or citizenship.
To be eligible for DACA, you must
1. Be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
2. Have entered the US under the age of 16 years
3. Have continued residence is US since June 15, 2007
4. Have been present in the US on June 15, 2012 and when making the request
5. Currently be in school or graduated
To learn more about DACA we recommend visiting the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Undocumented students are eligible to apply for a variety of private scholarships. In addition to conducting your own research, we recommend learning more about the following scholarships:
Also check out the list compiled by Beyond HB 1079 of Scholarships. Beyond Dreaming Undocumented Students Scholarships WA State (PDF)