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.
Dreamer Student Steps
Cascadia Dreamer Student Team
Support for Dreamer and undocumented current and prospective students at Cascadia College.
The Dreamer Student Team is comprised of staff, faculty, and student representative to serve as a centralized way to collect and be familiar with current and correct information related to Dreamer 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.
Step One: Apply Online for State Aid
Students should apply online for State Aid at: www.readysetgrad.org/WASFA.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Must have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED® (or will do so before beginning college)
- Must have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning a high school diploma or equivalent
- Sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply*
- Must meet Washington State Need Grant Program requirements
*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: Submit the Cascadia Data Sheet
Once you have completed your WASFA application for State Financial Aid, DREAMER students will also need to submit a Cascadia Financial Aid Data Sheet.
You can find the Financial Aid Data Sheet online at: http://www.cascadia.edu/finaid/forms.aspx.
Data Sheets can be turned in to the Kodiak Corner Front Counter, faxed to 425-352-8564, or signed and scanned back to email@example.com.
Step Three: Log into the Financial Aid Portal
When you have completed your WASFA application and submitted your Cascadia Financial Aid Data Sheet to Student Financial Services, 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.
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).
DACA Legal Resources
Please refer below for general and 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
DACA Counseling 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
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.
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 a Dreamer 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 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 DACA/Dreamer students are not illegal, increased policing is bound to raise anxiety even for those abiding by the rules. Given the uncertain future of DACA 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.