Washington State Supports DACA Students
- Seattle Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs: Free Workshops Providing Legal Assistance and Information
YES. At Highline, all students are welcome regardless of immigration or citizenship status. As long as you are at least 18 years old, or have completed high school, you are eligible for admission to Highline.
House Bill 1079 allows eligible undocumented students to pay resident tuition at state colleges and universities in Washington. You may be eligible if you:
- Completed high school in Washington (diploma or GED), AND
- Were in Washington three years before you completed high school and have been here since you completed, AND
- Intend to apply to be a US Permanent Resident when possible and to prepare for citizenship in the meantime
- Print, complete and submit an Affidavit to the Admissions department.
Students with this status do not qualify for student aid from the federal government. However, Washington’s Real Hope Act has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If you are eligible, complete the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to be considered for State Need Grant. All typical Financial Aid deadlines apply.
Not all DACA students are eligible for the Affidavit; however, DACA students are eligible to establish residency. All qualified DACA students are eligible for college bound. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an official federal status. Undocumented individuals who meet a list of criteria can apply to the federal government for DACA status. Although it does not confer a lawful status, when an individual has DACA the individual is considered “not unlawful.” DACA does involve filing fees, does require renewal and is not a path to citizenship. However, DACA recipients may be eligible for employment authorization.
- Washington state Resident Tuition eligibility
- US Department of Education Resource Guide for Supporting Undocumented Youth
- Gum-Lai Ross, Admissions Adviser, Residency for Tuition Purposes
- Ekk Sisavatdy, AANAPISI, Bilingual Lao/English, Conversational Thai
- Oussama (Sam) Alkhalili, Business Technology, Bilingual Arabic/English
- Joe Aguilar, Academic Advising
- Lorraine Odom, Associate Dean for Enrollment Services
- Arline Garcia, World Languages Coordinator/Transfer Advising, Bilingual Spanish/English
If you have any questions or need assistance with navigating Highline, please contact any of the following.