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Whatcom proudly stands with our fellow educators across the country in supporting undocumented students as they pursue their dreams of higher education. Our college is open to all students, regardless of their background. As an inclusive institution, our campus is a safe space for all who come in pursuit of an education.

 Kathi Hiyane-Brown, Whatcom Community College President


Community colleges are open-access institutions whose mission is to educate and empower students to achieve their academic and career goals. DACA is an important program that facilitates this mission, providing stability and economic opportunity such as in-state tuition for many Dreamers. This decision will allow dreamers to continue their studies in the country they call home and, upon graduation, to obtain legal work and continue contributing positively to their communities.

J. Noah Brown, ACCT President and CEO
Read the full statement here

Committed to providing college access, Whatcom Community College minimizes barriers by offering in-state tuition and grant funds to eligible DREAMers. Our students may receive grant funds, financial aid application support, scholarships, and support from a team dedicated to academic success. Whatcom maintains confidentiality of student education records, including immigration status.

New laws in Washington State expand eligibility for the State Need Grant to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program's eligibility requirements and satisfy the below residency criteria. 

  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 (for example, the GED);
  2. Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (36 months) prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent, and;
  3. Signed and submitted an HB 1079 affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply. Whatcom provides and accepts affidavits in the Registration Office, LDC 102.

Please note: Students granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) DO NOT need to meet all the eligibility requirements listed above to qualify for resident tuition rates. Please contact the Registration office for more information. 


HB1079 - Resident Tuition Rates for Undocumented Students

WASFA - Washington Application for State Financial Aid

DACA - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


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