You could qualify for in-state tuition
WSU is committed to minimizing any obstacles prospective students may face. While undocumented students have limited eligibility for financial aid, we have made it our mission to provide the maximum amount of assistance possible.
Do I qualify for in-state tuition?
Good news, undocumented students are eligible to be Washington residents and thus pay in-state tuition! You can qualify to be a Washington resident if you have:
- Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year immediately prior to starting at WSU and,
- Have a US high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
There are other ways of becoming a Washington resident as well. Find more at WSAC’s student residency page.
To attend WSU at the in-state tuition rate:
- Apply for admission
- Complete the Residency Affidavit by either:
- Completing the WASFA, which includes the affidavit and requires no additional action.
- Fill out and sign the residency affidavit and send it to the Office of the Registrar at WSU.
Apply for state financial aid
Complete the WASFA
If you qualify under Washington state bill HB-1079 or DACA, you should complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). See undocumented.wsu.edu for more information about HB-1079 and DACA.
State financial aid available:
- Washington College Grant
- College Bound (Restricted to those who successfully applied in 7th or 8th grade)
- State Work-Study
- Passport to College Promise Scholarship for foster youth
Find support at WSU
The Crimson Achievement Pathways: Undocumented Initiative at WSU provides support and resources for undocumented and immigrant students: that are applying for admission, qualify for DACA and HB 1079, mentoring, and more.
Future Cougars Embracing Diversity is an opportunity for underrepresented and first-generation students to visit campus, see what WSU has to offer, get questions answered, and meet current students.
Apply for Scholarships
WSU invites all students to apply for scholarships. Completing the WSU general scholarship application will let WSU consider you for more than 700 scholarship programs awarded through the University.
You may also qualify for scholarships awarded by foundations, corporations, and civic groups. There are literally thousands of them out there. Use our handy scholarship search tool to find scholarships you can apply for.
Access and Opportunity Scholarship
Incoming HB-1079 students can be considered for this competitive scholarship, which offers awards of either $3,000 per year or $5,000 per year. To qualify for consideration, you will need to:
- Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or better
- Apply for admission and scholarships by March 15
- Complete the HB-1079 residency affidavit and send it to the Office of the Registrar at WSU
University Achievement Award
All students who apply for admission by March 15 are automatically considered for this award. Eligibility is based on high school GPA and SAT or ACT test scores. More information here.