Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Students may qualify for financial aid under HB 1079 or DACA.

The Washington Student Achievement Council has provided a state application for students who are unable to complete a FAFSA due to their immigration status. This free application--known as the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA—will allow non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. “WASFA replaces the FAFSA for undocumented students in Washington State” Upon successful completion of a WASFA, the college(s) chosen by the student will use the financial information provided in the application to determine eligibility to receive the Washington State aid.

*Please note that the information provided by the student to the institution and the WASFA is protected and will not be shared with a third party, since it is protected through FERPA.

The WASFA application is available at http://readysetgrad.org/WASFA. External Site Link

Students receiving aid through WASFA may be eligible for additional financial resources. Contact Brian Ramos in Workforce Funding at bramos@everettcc.edu

HB 1079 / SB 6523 Financial Aid Details

On February 26, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the REAL Hope Act (SB 6523), also known as the Washington Dream Act. This law expands eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the program’s eligibility requirements in addition to all three residency criteria listed below:

  1. Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED in Washington.
  2. Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
  3. Sign a HB 1079 affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply.

For those students who meet the qualifications for HB 1079, here are your steps for Financial Aid:

  1. Complete the Residency Affidavit formAcrobat PDF Reader Icon
  2. Complete WASFA applicationExternal Site Link
  3. Complete the Financial Aid Information Sheet.
  4. Check your WASFA award in the Financial Aid Student PortalExternal Site Link
  5. Review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for continued WASFA funding (assuming WASFA students are tied to same SAP standards as FAFSA students).
  6. Let us know if you have questions!

DACA Financial Aid Details

Students who have DACA, have graduated from high school or have a GED, and who have lived in Washington for at least 12 months may be eligible for WASFA. See the DACA page for details about residency.

For student with DACA who meet graduation and residency requirements, here are your steps for Financial Aid:

  1. Complete the State Residency Questionnaire  and submit it with supporting paperwork to Enrollment Services
  2. Complete WASFA application. External Site Link
  3. Complete the Financial Aid Information Sheet.
  4. Check your WASFA award in the Financial Aid Student Portal. External Site Link
  5. Review the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for continued WASFA funding (assuming WASFA students are tied to same SAP standards as FAFSA students).
  6. Let us know if you have questions!