Undocumented Students

Western supports undocumented students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) due to immigration status. If you have any questions about applying for financial aid as an undocumented student, please feel free to contact the Scholarship Center. Scholarship Center staff process financial aid for all students who have filed a WASFA.

Financial Aid

Washington State offers financial aid to eligible undocumented students through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or WASFA.

If you are an undocumented student who qualifies for Senate Bill 5194, or if you have DACA or work authorization, and will have lived in the State of Washington for one year prior to your first term at school, you will most likely be eligible to complete the WASFA.

WASFA

Submit your WASFA annually online.  

Types of aid that may be granted through the WASFA include the Washington College Grant, the Washington State College Bound Scholarship, and the Washington State Work Study program (current DACA or work authorization is required),and institutional grant funding. Please contact the Scholarship Center at scholarshipcenter@wwu.edu or 360.650.3471 if you have any questions about the WASFA.

Washington State Senate bill 5194

Washington State Senate Bill 5194 allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities and to apply for State financial aid. In order to qualify under this bill, students must meet the following requirements:

  • You earned a high school diploma, GED, or diploma equivalent before your first term at the college determining residency
  • You maintained a primary residence in Washington for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before your first term at the college determining residency
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
    DACA provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for individuals who came to the U.S. as children and who meet certain guidelines. If you currently have DACA and will have lived in Washington State for one year prior to your first term at college, or meet Washington State residency requirements, you may be eligible to apply for financial aid using the WASFA.

Scholarships

We encourage all students to apply for scholarships, through both WWU and outside private donors.

Dates and Deadlines

Complete your WASFA by Western’s priority deadline to receive full consideration for all aid for which you may be eligible.

Keep in mind that the WASFA, like the FAFSA, is an annual application and needs to be completed each year for full consideration for financial aid for the following academic year.

  • October 1: WASFA application opens
  • January 31: Western’s WASFA priority deadline
    • The 24-25 WASFA has an extended deadline of February 28, 2024

On-Campus Resources

WWU Undocumented Students Landing Page

Landing page for undocumented students with statement from Western regarding support for undocumented students as well as university policies, frequently asked questions, and resources.

Academic Advising and Student Achievement Center

The AASAC brings together the Academic Advising Center and Student Outreach Services to support students in their academic planning and success!

Career Services

Career Services provides resources for undocumented students around continuing education, jobs, and completing applications and other forms.

Blue Resource Center

The Blue Resource Center provides undocumented students with a safer space to meet other undocumented students, find resources and services, and build community.

Additional Resources

Regional Resources

A collection of regional resources for students who qualify under Washington Senate Bill 5194.

My Undocumented Life

This website includes a large list of articles and resources for undocumented immigrants.

College Board: Resources for Undocumented Students

This is a collection of resources, articles, and FAQs for undocumented students.

United We Dream

This organization seeks to empower immigrant youth through organization and advocacy.

Washington Dream Coalition

The Washington Dream Coalition is a non-profit network of young, undocumented immigrants and allies whose mission is to address inequalities and obstacles faced by immigrants in Washington State through community based organizing, education, and advocacy.