Financial aid, through state and institutional funds, is available to students who are not eligible for federal aid because of immigration status.  However, students still need to meet other program requirements, including verification of their Washington State residency.  Below is a list of immigration statuses that are not eligible for federal aid; however, if you meet the conditions for at least one status, you may be eligible for state and/or institutional aid.  To apply, follow the steps in How to apply for financial aid through the WASFA aid application.

1. HB 1079 (undocumented) – Under Washington State’s Real Hope Act, some undocumented students may be eligible to receive need-based state financial aid (Washington College Grant). To qualify for HB 1079 status, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed your senior year of high school and obtained a high school diploma at a Washington public or private high school or received the equivalent of a diploma
  • Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (36 months) immediately prior to receiving your diploma or its equivalent
  • Continuously lived in the state of Washington after receiving your diploma or its equivalent and until such time as you are admitted to an institution of higher education
  • Certify that you will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as you are eligible to apply

2. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) – If you have a current or expired DACA status, you may be eligible to apply for financial aid. You will need to submit a residency application, along with a copy of your DACA documentation, to verify that you meet the requirements for Washington State residency and the DACA standard.

3. Other Non-citizens – If you do not meet the requirements for HB1079 or DACA, you may still be eligible for in-state tuition and/or state and institutional financial aid if you qualify for Washington State residency.  Submit a residency application, along with the required documents, to find out if you qualify.

How to apply for financial aid through the WASFA aid application:

1. Complete the WASFA between October 1 and by the UW’s priority filing date of January 15 to be considered for financial aid for the next school year.  This is a yearly application process that must be completed each year you are attending the UW.  If you have already filed a FAFSA for the same academic year, it is not necessary to also file a WASFA.  However, you must contact the financial aid office to ensure your FAFSA is reviewed.  Late applicants are not eligible to receive financial aid.  You are a late applicant if you file the current school year’s aid application after the priority date of January 15.  As a result, your financial aid application will be denied.  However, you may still need to complete a financial aid application if you are applying for other types of aid such as UW departmental scholarships or non-UW resources.  If there were special circumstances that prevented you from filing your financial aid application on-time, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to speak with a counselor.  We will do our best to provide assistance.

2. DREAMers and other select non-citizens, who are first time UW financial aid applicants, are required to verify their Washington State residency.  You will need to submit a residency application.  The type of application you submit depends on your immigration status:

  • IF YOU MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HB 1079, complete the Affidavit of Residency and submit it to the residency office.  If you are an incoming freshman, attach a copy of your high school diploma with your application.  If you have not yet graduated from high school, submit the affidavit anyway.  You may submit a copy of your diploma at a later date, once it becomes available.
  • IF YOU DO NOT MEET HB 1079 CONDITIONS BUT YOU HAVE A CURRENT OR EXPIRED DACA STATUS, complete the appropriate Residence Questionnaire (RQ) and submit it, along with all required documentation (including your DACA documentation, Case Type 821 of the I-797 form) to the residency office.  Please write ‘DACA’ at the top of the questionnaire before submitting it.
  • IF YOU ARE A NON-CITIZEN WHO DOES NOT MEET EITHER THE HB 1079 OR DACA REQUIREMENTS, submit the appropriate Residence Questionnaire (RQ) to the residency office with all required documentation.

    Each campus processes their own residency applications.  Mail the completed Affidavit of Residency -OR-  the completed RQ, along with all the required documentation (including proof of DACA status from the federal government) to your campus residency office (Bothell or Tacoma).  Seattle students send to:

UW Residence Classification Office
226 Schmitz Hall, Box 355850
Seattle, WA  98195-5850

Respond as soon as possible to any requests, from the UW Residence Classification Office, for additional documents or information.

Note: Once you submit your residency application and have questions, please contact your campus residency office.

3. In some cases, the Office of Student Financial Aid may need to verify the information you provided on your financial aid application. We will notify you via email if you need to provide documentation. Therefore, it is important to set up your UW email account as soon as possible.  Respond to any requests you receive in a timely manner.  Your aid will remain preliminary and cannot be disbursed until the requested information and/or documents are received and reviewed.

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