dreamers

 Click here for the latest DACA updates. 

 In light of the recent 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.

 

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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DACA 2017-18 UPDATES & RESOURCES
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2017-18 DACA 

 

In light of the recent 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.

 

Financial Aid:

 

At this time, eligibility for Residency, State Need Grant/College Bound, and Opportunity Grant remain unchanged by this announcement. Financial awards for Fall are set and can be counted on to support students. We are working closely with our partners at the Washington Student Achievement Council to keep students and staff informed of any changes or possible changes that may impact students in any of the above categories. 

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DACA Renewal Scholarship (LIMITED FUNDS AVAILABLE - closes Oct. 5 or if funds are depleted)

 

DACA Renewal Scholarship is available for DACA recipients with a March 5, 2018 or earlier renewal date. You can learn more and apply by visiting #LC4DACA at lc4daca.org/

 

Scholarships are limited, so we encourage DACA recipients to take advantage of any support in their community, including from family and friends. DACA recipients facing financial hardship should APPLY ASAP. MAF may exhaust funds due to high demand, but we will continue to fundraise from foundations and individual donors. We will make sure to update our website if funds are exhausted and will likely shift to offering zero-interest renewal loans nationally.

 

Unfortunately, DACA recipients who have already applied for renewal are not eligible to be reimbursed through this scholarship.

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DACA Legal Resources

 

Please refer below for general and legal resources and information:

 

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DACA Counseling Resources

Please refer below for counseling resources available:

 

ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)
www.rewa.org/services/behavioral-health/

Phone: 253.246.4003
Email: Molly@ReWA.org

 

ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service)
acrs.org/services/behavioral-health-and-wellness/
Phone: 206.695.7511
Email: mhintake@acrs.org

 

Refugees Northwest – they have offices in Seattle, Kent and SeaTac
refugeesnw.org/our-services/
Phone: 206.694.5700 (Seattle)

 

Korean Community Service Center
www.kcscgw.org/services-2/mental-health-services/
Phone: 703.354.6345 (ext. 106)

 

Consejo Counseling Services
consejonew.consejocounseling.org/outpatient-mental-health-program/
Phone: 206.461.4880

 

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