Are you an HB 1079/Undocumented student? The UW is here to help!
Who are “undocumented students”?
Undocumented students are born outside of the United States and do not have the proper documentation to reside in the U.S. A majority of undocumented students are brought into the country at a young age by their parents and therefore did not have the choice of whether to enter the United States legally or not. Since most arrive as babies or young children, America is the only home they know.
Undocumented students are a part of the K-12 education system. Federal laws do not prevent undocumented students from entering colleges and universities. However, undocumented students do not qualify for federal financial aid, many scholarships, and most federally financed programs.
What is HB 1079?
House Bill 1079 was signed by Governor Gary Locke on May 7, 2003. HB-1079 allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting July 1, 2003. Under Washington state law, students who are not U.S. citizens or permanents residents may qualify for in-state tuition if they meet certain guidelines.
Who is eligible for HB 1079?
Students may be eligible to pay in-state tuition rates if they meet all of the following three criteria:
Received a diploma from a Washington high school or the equivalent of a diploma in Washington State.
Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (not school years) prior to receiving their diploma or its equivalent.
Continuously resided in Washington since receiving the high school diploma or its equivalent.
Financial Aid Resources for HB 1079/undocumented students
In 2014, Washington State Legislature approved SB-6523, the Real Hope Act. Because of this legislature HB-1079 students may apply for state-funded financial aid. Please visit
To enroll in the college a student must go through the following steps:
1. Complete the admission and scholarship applications from the college or university the student plans to attend.
2. Fill out and sign the Affidavit
. This should be available at any public high school, college or university in the state.
3. Submit the admission, scholarship applications, and Affidavit
to the college/university by the deadline stated by the institution.
A new state law has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and satisfy the residency criteria. Complete Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) and find out what you may be eligible for. Priority deadline is February 28th.