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HB 1079 / Undocumented Students

We have information and tips for undocumented students. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process please contact the Undocumented Student Coordinator.

Undocumented Student Coordinator
Margaret Robinson
Bldg. 11, CASA

Can I apply to Tacoma Community College if I am undocumented?

Yes, prospective students can apply to Tacoma Community College regardless of their immigration status. There is no federal or state law that prohibits undocumented students admission to public or private universities in the State of Washington. All prospective students will be reviewed under the same admissions criteria regardless of status.

What is HB 1079?

House Bill 1079 allows eligible undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and university 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.

Am I eligible for HB 1079?

Students may qualify to pay in-state tuition rates if they meet all of the following 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 prior to receiving their diploma or its equivalent.
  • Continuously resided in Washington State since receiving the high school diploma or its equivalent.

How do I apply if I have undocumented status?

  • Complete the Tacoma Community College application, not the international student application.
  • Enter either a social security number, work authorization number, tax ID number (SSN) if you have one. Do not enter your DACA number.
  • List the U.S. as your country of permanent residence.
  • When asked about your current or expected visa or immigration status, check the “other” box if you are applying under this status.
  • You may or may not have to submit the Washington Higher Education Residency Affidavit at the time of admission. Please check with Judy Coleman in Enrollment Services (253.566.5108) at the time of application. The affidavit is a confidential statement verifying that the student qualifies to pay resident tuition and that he/she will seek legal permanent residency of the United States when eligible to apply.

Are undocumented students eligible to receive financial aid?

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 application to be considered for State Need Grant. For the 2015-2016 academic year, you must submit the WASFA application by May 1, 2015 to be considered on-time for State Need Grant at TCC. You can still submit an application after this date. Students can also find funding through private scholarships. Without private scholarships and/or State Need Grant eligibility, undocumented students will have to pay out-of-pocket to fund their education. Please check with TCC for the deadline for Fall quarter.

Financial Aid Resources for Undocumented Students

Additional information regarding financial aid resources for undocumented students is available on the HB 1079 website and on the Ready Set Grad website.

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