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In 2014, the Washington state Legislature approved State Bill (SB) 6523, also known as the REAL Hope Act. This State Bill expanded the eligibility requirements for state-funded financial aid to include undocumented students who qualify for resident tuition under HB 1079. Eligible students must submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) in order to be considered for financial aid.  

To be eligible for WASFA, students must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a high school diploma at a Washington public or private high school or received the equivalent of a diploma;
  2. Lived in Washington state for at least three calendar years (36 months) immediately prior to receiving the diploma or its equivalent;
  3. Continuously lived in the state of Washington after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until such time as the student is admitted to an institution of higher education.

Please Note: Although WASFA and HB 1079 share the same eligibility requirements, they are two different application processes at most colleges, including Whatcom Community College.


I meet the three requirements above. What's the next step?

Students can go to to submit their application for financial aid. State-funded financial aid is awarded on a first come first serve basis to eligible students, so we encourage anyone interested to apply as early as possible.

For questions or additional information regarding this process, please contact:

Tanya Zaragoza-Rosas
Admissions Outreach Coordinator
K-12 Partnerships
Foundation Building 202

Terri Thayer

Associate Director for Academic Advising & Career Services
Entry & Advising
Laidlaw Center (LDC) 116G

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