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REAL HOPE ACT

State Financial Aid for DREAMERS

On February 26th, 2014, Governor Inslee signed the Dream Act, known in Washington State as the Real Hope Act into law. This law allows undocumented non-citizens, who are unable to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to his/her immigration status, to apply for State Financial Aid through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) application.

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.

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.

Real Hope Act / Dreamer Student Steps

How to Apply
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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.

 

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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 finaid@cascadia.edu.

 

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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.

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