Student Financial Aid

Financial Aid for DREAMers

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 one of the following standards below.  Once you determine that you are included under one of these two standards, follow all the steps in How to apply for financial aid as a DREAMer below.

1. HB 1079 (undocumented) – Under Washington State’s Real Hope Act, some undocumented students may be eligible to receive need-based state financial aid (State Need 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

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.

How to apply for financial aid as a DREAMer:

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 to be completed each year you are attending the UW.  Late applicants – 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, you will not be considered for financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Aid. However, you may still want to complete this application if you are applying for other types of aid such as UW departmental scholarships or non-UW resources. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. We will do our best to provide assistance.

2. Submit a Residency Application to verify if you meet the HB 1079 or DACA standard:

  • IF YOU MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR HB 1079, complete the Affidavit of Residency and submit it to the residency office. Submit a copy of your high school diploma with the affidavit.  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; however, your residency application will be considered incomplete and the verification of your residency status cannot be finalized.
  • IF YOU DO NOT MEET HB 1079 CONDITIONS BUT YOU HAVE A CURRENT OR EXPIRED DACA STATUS, complete the 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.

    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 the residency office on your campus (Bothell or Tacoma).  Seattle students send to:

UW Residence Classification Office
226 Schmitz Hall, Box 355850
Seattle, WA  98195-25850

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

  • If you have questions regarding your affidavit or questionnaire, please contact the residency office on your campus.  For information regarding location, business hours, contact information, and quarterly due dates for the Seattle campus, please visit: https://registrar.washington.edu/students/residency/.

3. Respond as soon as possible to any requests, from the UW’s Office of Student Financial Aid, for additional documents or information. In some cases, the information you provide on your aid application may require verification. We will notify you via email if this is the case. Therefore, it is important to set up your UW email account as soon as you can. Your aid will remain preliminary and unavailable for disbursement until the requested information and/or documents are received and reviewed.

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