Important laws and policies for undocumented students

There are various laws and policies that directly impact undocumented students at national and state levels. We encourage you to review the information on this page and visit the websites below for up-to-date information.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

DACA is a program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that temporarily suspends deportation of some unauthorized individuals.

On Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced an end to DACA by terminating the program created under President Obama. This means that for individuals who already have DACA, your DACA and work permit will continue to be valid until their expiration date. If you have a DACA application (initial or renewal) that was accepted for processing by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through Sept. 5, 2017, the agency will continue with the process of adjudicating your application. If you have a permit that will expire between now and March 5, 2018, you may apply for a two-year renewal of your DACA, but your request must be accepted by USCIS by Oct. 5, 2017. Please see the latest guidance from USCIS.

The UW Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity has created a FAQ to provide information for the university community on the rescission of the program.

In-state tuition and financial aid

Access to financial aid as well as qualification for in-state tuition rates for undocumented varies greatly across the United States. In Washington state, undocumented students, if they meet certain criteria, can qualify for both in-state tuition rates (HB-1079) and state-funded financial aid (WASFA).

If you are interested in learning about other state’s tuition laws for undocumented students, you can visit United We Dream’s page on Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students.