Leadership Without Borders

Scholarships And Finances


WASFA is open on October 1st and is due on January 31st for the priority deadline.

Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid due of immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements for WASFA can be achieved in two ways.

  1. Currently have a Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID, Work Authorization, or hold Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) status from the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) AND have lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to your enrollment in college.


  1. Meet requirements for HB 1079 by having
  • Graduated from a Washington high school, or have obtained a GED.
  • And lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning a high school diploma or the equivalent


TheDream.US Scholarships

The University of Washington and TheDream.US announced a new partnership 2018 that will provide scholarships to qualified undocumented students who graduate from two-year colleges and transfer to UW Seattle.

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers – undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children. The organization currently has more than 3,000 scholars who are enrolled in or have graduated from over 75 partner colleges in 15 states.

TheDream.US scholarship award will cover tuition and fees up to a maximum of $7,250 per year, renewable for up to two years, with a maximum award of $14,500. Students who receive the scholarship must be accepted to and enroll full-time at UW Seattle in the fall.

Check the website for updated deadlines every year, which usually occur around February or March. TheDream.US awardees are notified in late April. Students who have graduated with an associate’s degree or will be graduating this spring can apply here.

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships encourage undergraduate students to develop their leadership abilities through practical experience, personal reflection and in community with mentors and peers. With the support of a Leadership Scholarship, you can devote more time to pursuing an activity or project that interests you and that will allow you to expand your leadership capacity. In the application process, we ask you to articulate your own understandings of leadership, what you want to learn, and how you think the activity you have chosen will support your learning goals. Additionally, you must identify a mentor to provide you guidance and encouragement throughout your application process and award period.

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MoneyGeek DREAMer Financial Support

Like other first-generation immigrants, DACA recipients are often forced to navigate the United States’ financial system on their own for the first time. This guide explains how recipients can carve a financial path to obtain a loan, find tuition assistance and get a credit card, among other things.