Undocumented Students (HB 1079 Scholars)
Although students in this status are not eligible for student aid from the federal government, the REAL Hope Act (also known as the Washington Dream Act) has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the following residency criteria: if you
- have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED® (or will do so before beginning college).
- 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.
How to Apply
The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has developed a state application, WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid), for students who are unable to complete a FAFSA due to immigration status.Academic Year 2016-2017 (Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 and Summer 2017)
Academic Year 2017-2018 (Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018)
You need to submit:
Eligibility for the State Need Grant does not guarantee an award as the grant is awarded on a funds-available basis. The earlier you complete your application, the better chance you have for consideration of State Need Grant funds.
Log-into the Financial Aid Portal to check your application status
Check the Financial Aid Portal to review your award or find out if you are missing any required documents. The portal is our primary communication tool with you regarding your financial aid.
Financial Aid Portal, log-in instruction:
- Username: Your Social Security Number or WASFA ID Number
- Password: Your Date of Birth in six digits (MMDDYY)
The Financial Aid Office may send you a letter requesting additional information.
Resources for undocumented students/immigrants
Information supporting undocumented students provided by Puget Sound College and Career Network (PSCCN)
Questions and answers for undocumented students provided by the U.S. Department of Education (general information, eligibility for financial aid, and completing the FAFSA)
Resources for undocumented Immigrants compiled by Holman Library at Green River College