UW Dream Project

Undocumented students


The University of Washington Dream Project stands with and supports undocumented students.

This page exists to provide information to support students whose presence in the United States is undocumented. The Dream Project’s goal is to provide all students with access to higher education, regardless of their background. If you are still have questions about the effect of undocumented status on college admissions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


An undocumented student is a foreign national who: (1) entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; or (2) entered legally as a non-immigrant but then violated the terms of his or her status and remained in the United States without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center).

The undocumented status of a student exempts them from applying for federal student aid using the FAFSA, but this does not have to be a barrier to attending and succeeding in college. Below are resources that will support undocumented students in Washington state to attain and fund their higher education.

WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)

In Washington state, there is an application available for eligible undocumented students to access State Need Grant funds. See www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa for details and to apply

HB 1079

House Bill signed into law by Governor Gary Locke on May 7, 2003. It allows undocumented students topay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Students must have lived in WA state for at least 3 years and have attained their high school diploma or GED.

The student needs to sign an affidavit in order to receive or be eligible for HB 1079. (affidavit here)

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

NOTE:  The recent decision of the administration to end DACA has caused important new recommendations and advice on DACA by trusted organizations engaged in advocacy for undocumented students. Please see this community advisory from the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and this from weareheretostay.org  9/05/17



  • Important information about DACA requests: Due to federal court orders, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. For more information, visit Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Response to January 2018 Preliminary Injunction.

Information obtained from USCIS.org

Due to DACA changes, refer to the following websites for more support:

Check out a list of scholarships for undocumented students. Here is another, older list of scholarships that may be useful.