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WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)

State Financial Aid for DREAMers

Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid because of immigration status. These students still need to meet other program requirements. 

To find out if you qualify, complete the free WASFA to apply for state financial aid.

DACA  Update

On September 5, 2017, the federal government rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

But in Washington State, undocumented students may still qualify for in-state tuition and for some state financial aid programs. Undocumented students need to meet one of the following standards:

  1. DACA standard
  2. 1079 standard

1. DACA Standard

Washington will continue to offer state financial aid and in-state tuition to students with DACA who meet requirements. 

If your college has already determined that you meet the DACA standard

You will continue to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid, if you meet program requirements. 

If you haven't enrolled yet
  • You must have an unexpired DACA status.
  • You also need to live in Washington for one year for reasons other than education. 

If you meet the DACA standard, you could qualify for any of the following benefits. But note that each program may have more requirements.

More DACA info

Visit the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project website for information and a schedule of upcoming community forums.  

2. 1079 standard

  • You must graduate from a Washington high school (or earn a GED or equivalent) after living in Washington for at least three years.
  • Both students without DACA or with DACA can qualify.

If you meet this standard, you could qualify for two benefits:

  • In-state tuition rates
  • State Need Grant (as long as you meet other requirements)

Determining eligibility

Colleges and universities usually determine eligibility one time. When students first apply for admission or financial aid, the college determines if they meet requirements for in-state tuition and state financial aid.

If you’ve enrolled, and your college has already determined that you meet the DACA standard

You will continue to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid, if you meet program requirements.

If you are going to college in the future

Your eligibility will depend on which residency standard you meet at the time of application. 

If you plan to transfer schools

You need to check with your new college. Colleges may accept the residency determination from a previous college but this process varies by college. 

 

Application

New User Returning User
  • Complete a WASFA for the first time
  • Eligibility questionnaire
  • Make a correction/Add a school
  • Submit an application for a new year
Start A New WASFA Returning User

 

WASFA Privacy Statement

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) administers state financial aid including the State Need Grant and the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA, for DREAMers. The Council is committed to providing opportunities and support to ensure every Washington student is able to pursue education beyond high school.

Regarding concerns that students, parents, and other partners may have about the confidentiality of information submitted on the WASFA, the purpose of the application is to provide eligibility information to colleges and universities in Washington that offer State Need Grant. WSAC shares application information with campuses listed by the student so those schools may determine eligibility for resident tuition and financial aid. Campuses are not permitted to use the information for other purposes or share the data with other parties.

WSAC is committed to protecting the confidentiality of the information and privacy of students and families. Washington is a state committed to providing opportunities to students and protecting the rights of families.

Application Resources

 Communication and Promotional Resources

Contact the Washington Student Achievement Council with questions at wasfa@wsac.wa.gov or 888-535-0747, option 2.