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Financial aid options for Undocumented students

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:

  1. Lived in the state of Washington for at least one year immediately prior to starting at WSU and,
  2. 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 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 for more information about HB-1079 and DACA.

WASFA application

State financial aid available:

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.

Attend FCED

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. Due to recent FAFSA application delays, the scholarship deadline has been extended to May 1.

General Scholarship Application

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:

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.