In light of the September 2017 DACA announcement, our community and technical college system will continue to open our doors and hearts to the rich diversity of students we serve. We stand firmly with our students in supporting their dreams – it is at the heart of what we do.
Cascadia Undocumented Student Team
Support for Dreamer and Undocumented current and prospective students at Cascadia College.
The Undocumented Student Team is comprised of staff, faculty, and a student representative to serve as a centralized way to collect and be familiar with current and correct information related to Dreamer/Undocumented students, communicate this information to the internal and external campus community, and discuss supports and solutions as issues and concerns arise.
Please click the Team Charter link for additional information about support and membership. [currently under revision, 6/27/19]
Step One: Apply Online for State Aid
Students should apply online for State Aid at: www.readysetgrad.org/WASFA.
Eligibility requirements FOR DACA STANDARD include:
- You must have a DACA status (can be expired or unexpired).
- You also need to live in Washington for one year (for reasons other than education) prior to enrolling in college.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR 1079 STANDARD INCLUDE:
- You must graduate from a Washington high school (or earn a GED or equivalent) after living in Washington for at least three consecutive years.
- Live in Washington after earning high school diploma or equivalent until being admitted to college.
- Sign an affidavit (written promise) saying you meet the above requirements. Non-U.S. Citizens must also promise that they will apply to become a permanent U.S. resident as soon as they are eligible. The affidavit is included as part of the WASFA.
- Both students without DACA or with DACA can qualify.
*Students granted deferred action for childhood arrival (DACA) must also complete
and sign the affidavit.
To ensure you are applying on time, and you are meeting all eligibility requirements,
please visit the ReadySetGrad website regularly.
Step Two: Log into the Financial Aid Portal
When you have completed your WASFA application, log into our Financial Aid Portal to check your file status and, once awarded, view your awards.
Once we have received your WASFA, we will contact you via email if we require further documentation. This could include, but is not limited to, proof of high school/GED completion, affidavit form, financial/income information etc. Any additional information will be listed on your Financial Aid Portal. Please be sure to check your Portal regularly for ALL updates.
NOTE: You will not have access to the Portal until we have received your WASFA. A Welcome Email with instructions on how to access your Portal will be emailed to you upon submission of your WASFA.
To log in, you will use your Student Identification Number (SID) as your username
and your six-digit date of birth (ddmmyy) as your password.
Here is the link to the Portal: https://www.fas.ctc.edu/portal4/?col=300.
The Student Financial Services staff is dedicated to processing files timely. Files
are processed in date order by your file complete date, which can be viewed on the
Portal. Our normal processing timeframe is 4-6 weeks from your file complete date,
or the time in which we begin awarding for the academic year (July 1 – June 30), whichever
date is later. During peak processing times (typically Summer and Fall quarters) when there is a
high volume of students to award, processing time increases. During these time periods,
please allow 9-11 weeks for your file to be processed.
NOTE: Our office typically begins to process files for each new academic year in approximately mid-June.
If you have any questions about your WASFA application, please contact Student Financial Services at 425-352-8860 or the Washington Student Achievement Council at 360-753-7800.
NOVEMBER 12, 2019
The Supreme Court hearings on the fate of DACA on Tuesday, Nov. 12th were split. What does this mean for current state of DACA?
U.S. Immigration Law Group, LLP quick facts:
- No initial applications are being accepted
- DACA recipients may file a renewal within 150 days of the expiration date (if not sooner!)
- Pre-DACA reality for high school graduates
- Congress may pass legislation to create a permanent fix
- Proposed fee increase will impose fee of $275 for Form I-821D
Explore other options:
- Family Based Petitions
- U Visa
June 4, 2019
The House passes latest DREAM Act (the DREAM and Promise Act of 2019) by a vote of 237 to 187. It still has to pass in the Senate. Read full article here.
January 22, 2019
The Supreme Court took no action on Tuesday [January 22, 2019] on the Trump administration’s plans to shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Read full article here.
August 3, 2018
Judge Bates in Washington, DC ruled that Trump ending DACA was wrong. He ruled that by August 23rd, USCIS should continue to accept DACA renewal applications, and begin accepting new DACA applications.
July 10, 2018
United We Dream Press Release states that the D.C. district court is set to make a DACA decision by July 23. This is a reminder for students with DACA to get your renewals in as soon as possible. Quick resource: RenewMyDACA.com.
April 24, 2018
Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. must keep DACA and accept new applications. Read the full New York Times article here.
January 13, 2018
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.
Individuals who were previously granted deferred action under DACA may request renewal by filing Form I-821D (PDF), Form I-765 (PDF), and Form I-765 Worksheet (PDF), with the appropriate fee or approved fee exemption request, at the USCIS designated filing location, and in accordance with the instructions to the Form I-821D (PDF) and Form I-765 (PDF). USCIS is not accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. USCIS will not accept or approve advance parole requests from DACA recipients.
If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016, you may still file your DACA request as a renewal request. Please list the date your prior DACA ended in the appropriate box on Part 1 of the Form I-821D.
If you previously received DACA and your DACA expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or your DACA was previously terminated at any time, you cannot request DACA as a renewal (because renewal requests typically must be submitted within one year of the expiration date of your last period of deferred action approved under DACA), but may nonetheless file a new initial DACA request in accordance with the Form I-821D and Form I-765 instructions. To assist USCIS with reviewing your DACA request for acceptance, if you are filing a new initial DACA request because your DACA expired before Sept. 5, 2016, or because it was terminated at any time, please list the date your prior DACA expired or was terminated on Part 1 of the Form I-821D, if available.
Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer a removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Further, deferred action under DACA does not confer legal status upon an individual and may be terminated at any time, with or without a Notice of Intent to Terminate, at DHS’s discretion. DACA requests will be adjudicated under the guidelines set forth in the June 15, 2012 DACA memo (PDF).
Washington State Scholarship List for Undocumented Students
For students by students.
The 6th Annual Beyond HB 1079 Conference presented a scholarship list that is geared towards the undocumented student community. This resource was created and produced by students. Please click on the link below to access the PDF.
Undocumented/DACA General, Legal, and Training Resources
Please refer below for legal resources and information:
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: www.nwirp.org/resources/daca/
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center: www.ilrc.org/community-resources
- United We Dream: unitedwedream.org/
- Informed Immigrant: www.informedimmigrant.com/#
- Here To Stay: defenddaca.com/
- National Immigration Law Center: www.nilc.org/
- Know Your Rights: www.aclu.org/know-your-rights
Please refer below for general & training resources and information:
- 21 Progress: Provides high quality leadership development training/education programs that unite, develop, and empower emerging leaders – including young adults, immigrants, refugees, and people of color – to build thriving communities. 21progress.org/
- My Undocumented Life: A national organization with up-to-date information and resources for undocumented students. It offers extensive information for high school students, college students, graduate students, and educators. https://mydocumentedlife.org/
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project:Free DACA renewal clinics
- One America: The largest immigrant and refugee advocacy organization in Washington State, and offers support, resources, research, and community organizing. https://www.oneamerica.com/
- Washington Dream Coalition: A non-profit network of young, undocumented immigrants and allies. https://www.facebook.com/WADreamCoalition/
- United We Dream: A national organization with training guides/toolkits and research/publication related to the undocumented student experience and supporting undocumented students.
- The University of Washington Leadership Without Borders: A regional educational leader in the collection and sharing of information to support undocumented students. Information for families, community members, and allies, including UndocuAlly training. http://depts.washington.edu/ecc/lwb/
Undocumented/DACA Counseling and Support Resources
Please refer below for counseling resources available:
ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)
Refugees Northwest – they have offices in Seattle, Kent and SeaTac
Phone: 206.694.5700 (Seattle)
Korean Community Service Center
Phone: 703.354.6345 (ext. 106)
Consejo Counseling Services
Frequently Asked Questions & Misconceptions
To help you better understand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
What is DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative policy that will allow eligible undocumented students who came to the U.S. when they were children to receive a two-year deferment of their deportation and work authorization. To view the DACA request forms and find out more information, please visit U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' website.
Are DACA recipients illegal? DACA is not illegal; people are not illegal. DACA recipients are learning and working as part of a federally approved program. An awareness of word choices used to describe DACA recipients is a great support to our DACA/Dreamer students who are taking classes. Like all students they face stress. DACA students face the additional stress of potentially being separated from undocumented family members who do not have DACA, and referring to them using the appropriate terms creates a sense of support.
Why does Cascadia have an Dreamer/Undocumented Student Team? Cascadia College is committed to transforming lives in a learning-centered community. We are committed to serving all students, and providing resources and safe spaces to learn. We respond to student and employee requests in the best way possible. The Dreamer/Undocumented Student Team began in response to the need for resources and safe spaces for Dreamer students, and we are committed to continuing the team to provide a supportive and safe learning environment.
What does ICE presence mean? The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. Even though Dreamer/Undocumented/DACA students are not illegal, increased policing is bound to raise anxiety even for those abiding by the rules. Given the uncertain future of DACA/DREAM Act 2019 and the fear of being separated from undocumented family members due to deportation, there is an added and undue stress placed on these students.
Cascadia College is in 100% compliance w/ the Federal Education Rights & Privileges Act (F.E.R.P.A.) and will comply with any legal request for information. We protect the rights of all of our students, and comply with all state and federal requirements. We are not voluntarily witholding information, and partner with Campus Safety & Security, Bothell Police Department, and the Assistant Attorney General in any/all requests. For more information about F.E.R.P.A. at Cascadia College, please visit our website. For a more thorough overview, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website.