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Eligible Undocumented

House Bill 1079

A Washington law determines whether students can be considered residents of Washington eligible to pay in-state resident tuition rates at public institutions (RCW 28B.15.012). This law was revised in 2003 to allow certain students attending public colleges and universities to be eligible for resident student tuition rates. In 2014, House Bill 6523 – the Real Hope Act was passed. The state's financial aid law was amended so that these students are eligible to be considered for need-based state aid (State Need Grant) if they are attending either public or participating private colleges in Washington (RCW28B.92.101). For information on eligibility and the application process for State Need Grant, please visit

To qualify for resident tuition status and/or State Need Grant eligibility, students must complete an affidavit/declaration/certification if they have met the following conditions:

  • Resided in Washington State for three (3) years immediately prior to receiving a high school diploma, and completed the full senior year at a Washington high school; or

  • Completed the equivalent of a high school diploma and resided in Washington State for the three (3) years immediately before receiving the equivalent diploma (GED); and

  • Continuously resided in Washington State since earning the high school diploma or its equivalent (GED)

If you are eligible, please print and complete the HB1079 affidavit/declaration/certification: Washington Higher Education Affidavit/Declaration/Certification form.

Please submit the original of the completed and signed affidavit to the residency office. E-mailed or faxed forms, or forms without an original signature, are not accepted.

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Effective July 2015, you may qualify to pay resident tuition if you have DACA status. You will be asked to provide a copy of your work authorization card, a INS notice of action receipt and proof that you have established domicile in Washington for at least 12 continuous months prior to the first day of the quarter. Please contact the admissions office for more information.

You may learn more about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and helpful resources and services to support undocumented students and DACA applicants at the US Center for Immigration Services (USCIS)'s DACA page.

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