HB 1079 — Undocumented Residents
Welcome to Shoreline Community College! Our mission includes serving the "educational, workforce and cultural needs of our diverse students and communities." We are dedicated to ensuring an environment of inclusiveness and equity for all students.
HB 1079 allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at Washington state colleges and universities. It is legislative bill that was signed into law May 7, 2003, by then-Gov. Gary Locke.
Eligibility for HB 1079
Undocumented students can pay in-state tuition rates if they meet the following criteria:
- Completed the full 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 the diploma or its equivalent;
- Continuously lived in the state of Washington after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until such time as the student is admitted to an institution of higher education.
Claiming residency under HB 1079
Complete and submit an application for admission and the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit . The affidavit is a confidential statement verifying that the student qualifies to pay resident tuition, that he/she will seek legal permanent residency of the United States as soon as eligible to apply and is willing to engage in activities designed to prepare for citizenship, including citizenship or civics review courses.
The Real Hope Act / Washington Dream Act
On February 26, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the REAL Hope Act, also known as the Washington Dream Act. This law allows undocumented non-citizens, who are unable to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to his/her immigration status, to apply for State Financial Aid (State Need Grant) through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)application if they are attending public colleges in Washington.
For information about eligibility and the State Need Grant application process please visit the WASFA website.
Undocumented students may qualify for any scholarship that does not require U.S. citizenship.
The Shoreline Community College Foundation offers a large number of scholarships and other financial assistance, including:
- High School Academic Scholarship
- Full-time Continuing Student Scholarship
- Part-time Continuing Student Scholarship
- VIVA Hispanic Foundation Scholarship
Other sources of scholarship information:
- 2015 Beyond Dreaming Scholarship Handbook
- Leadership 1000 Scholarship
- The Washboard (search engine for scholarships - create a profile)
- How can I find additional support and information?
In addition to the contacts listed above, students may reach out to the Shoreline Multicultural Center. To connect with campus support allies, look for offices that display the “Dreamers” butterfly logo.
- Is there any charge to submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid/WASFA?
There is no charge. The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA, is a free application for non-citizens to apply for student financial aid in Washington State. Upon successful completion of a WASFA, the college(s) you choose will use the information you provide to determine your eligibility to receive Washington State financial aid, including State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship (if DACA status), or State Work Study.
How do I know if I am eligible to submit a WASFA application?
Use the Eligibility Questionnaire on the WASFA website to determine if you should submit the WASFA or a FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
- What if I don’t have a social security number?
You can submit a WASFA application even if you do not have a social security number. Enter your social security number in the space provided if you have one. If you do not have a social security number, enter 000-00-0000.
- What is DACA?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program helps undocumented young people (who meet certain requirements) gain temporary immigration protections, including a work permit and protection from deportation. Students with DACA status may qualify for state residency. For more information please see the Residency and Citizenship information on the WASFA website.
For additional information you may consult outside resources including The National Immigration Law Center or the Northwest Immigration Rights Project.
- Is the information I submit on the WASFA confidential?
Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (1974) Shoreline would not provide U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with any information from a student’s school file that would expose their immigration status.