State Financial Aid for DREAMers
On February 26, 2014, Governor Inslee signed the Real Hope Act into Washington law. The law allows undocumented non-citizens, or students granted DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival), who are unable to complete a FAFSA, eligible to apply for State Financial Aid through the WASFA application. If determined as eligible for award, undocumented students will be able to qualify for in-state tuition rates, as well as the Washington State Need Grant. Also, as of July 1, 2015, eligible DACA students who complete a WASFA may also receive College Bound Scholarship with their WSNG. Awards are limited, and based on the availability of funds; students are encouraged to apply for the WASFA.
Eligibility requirements include:
- 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*
- Must meet Washington State Need Grant Program requirements
*Students granted deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) must also complete and sign the affidavit.
To ensure you are applying on time, and you are meeting all eligibility requirements, please visit the ReadySetGrad website regularly.
Please also follow these steps:
Steps to Apply for State Financial Aid
STEP 1: Complete the SPSCC college application process (new students only)
STEP 2: Complete WASFA
STEP 3: Complete the HB1079 residency affidavit
STEP 4: Complete Terms and Conditions form, and other required forms, once your WASFA is on file with the college. Students may check the status of the WASFA application in the Financial Aid portal.