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.
Current COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Students and Community
NOTICE: We are following the guidelines set forth by Washington State, the Department of Public Health, and the CDC regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Please refer to the COVID-19 page regarding campus and services available.
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.
Contact a team member: email@example.com
Please click the Team Charter link for additional information about support and membership. [currently under revision, 6/27/19]
How to Apply for State Aid
Step One: Apply Online
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 your ctcLink account to check your file status and, once awarded, view your awards.
Launch your ctcLink account in the Firefox browser or on your mobile device.
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 ctcLink account 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.
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.
October 14, 2022 - statement by washington's community and technical college system in support of daca students
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, along with presidents
trustees of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges, today released the following joint
statement regarding an October 5, 2022 decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court
upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is
unlawful. The court also ruled current DACA enrollees could renew their status and sent the case
back to a lower court to consider a regulation enacted by the Biden administration to strengthen
the DACA program against legal challenges.
august 24, 2022 - DHS ISSUES REGULATION TO PRESERVE AND FORTIFY DACA
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) final rule, which has been posted for public inspection on the Federal Register’s website. The final rule generally codifies existing policies with limited amendments to preserve and fortify DACA. The final rule is effective Oct. 31, 2022.
For more information, see the DHS News Release.
The new rule per DREAMer's Roadmap on Instagram:
- Maintains the existing threshold criteria for DACA;
- Retains teh existing process for DACA requestors to seek employment authorization; and
- Affirms teh longstanding policy that DACA is not a form of lawful status but that DACA recipients, like other deferred action recipients, are considered "lawfully present" for certain purposes.
july 14, 2021 - Senate Bill 5194 Residency Section
Effective July 25, 2021, Senate Bill 5194 significantly changes Washington’s tuition equity law. Section
nine of the bill amends RCW 28B.15.012(2)(e), making it easier for all Washingtonians, including and
especially undocumented students, to meet residency requirements for tuition and state financial aid.
Since 2003, this part of residency law has been known informally as “HB 1079” for the bill that created
it. This law may be met by any student, regardless of citizenship or legal immigration status. It is one
of the many ways that students can meet residency requirements. The other ways to meet residency
requirements still exist.
More information and details coming. When available, it will be added to the "how to apply" section above. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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.
Washington State Scholarship List 2018
2021 LEAP Rise Above Scholarship for Latinx Students
Previously called the LEAP 1%
LEAP Scholarship - Due June 1st, 2021
The Rise Above Scholarship provides financial support for Latinx students who demonstrate advocacy, accountability, perseverance, and have shown a commitment to improving their community. Students can potentially receive up to $5,000 towards their education. It is open to any student regardless of citizenship status.
- Immigrant Rising Scholarship for Undocumented Undergraduate Students
- Beyond Dreaming - Washington State Scholarship list for Undocumented Students (a little outdated but still a good list, just make sure you double check the dates)
- Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation - Scholarship application deadline is May 1st
- My Un-Documents Life Graduate Scholarships - Provides scholarship list for Graduate students. As well as providing you with tips for when you apply for grad school and additional encouraging post from other undocumented students.
- Get Schooled Scholarships - This is a list of scholarship resources. Some of the scholarships are random little scholarships while others do require you to be in a specific field. So, look and see what will be a fit for you!
Resources and More Information
Undocumented/DACA Legal Resources
- 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
Undocumented/DACA 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
- ReWA (Refugee Women’s Alliance)
- ACRS (Asian Counseling and Referral Service)
- Refugees Northwest – 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.
Undocumented Resources - COVID-19
UWB DACA Fund
- For students who reside, work, or go to school in Seattle, El Centro de la Raza is offering scholarships to pay for DACA renewals. DACA Fund Scholarship
DACA Renewal Materials
Additionally, if you do not have access to a printer, send an email to email@example.com and it will be mailed.
- A printed copy of the DACA renewal application
- A large envelope to mail your app
- A postage stamp
- USCIS offices will be closed until at least May 3rd. All appointments are cancelled but DACA renewals are still being processed so please renew your DACA asap if it is expiring this year.
- USCIS will use previously submitted
- The Supreme Court has not yet made a decision on the DACA case. The next date they might make a decision is 4/20. What if SCOTUS takes DACA away? Should we renew anyway? Legal experts are advising DACA recipients to renew their permits ASAP if it expires in 2020.
- USCIS is using previously submitted biometrics to process renewals for people who have biometrics appointments during their closure.
Unemployment for DACA recipients
If you have DACA, you might qualify for unemployment. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list unemployment benefits as public benefits under its new rules on public charge.
For more info, visit the National Employment Law Project.
If you or your family are in need of resources, here is a list of resources (nationally and by state) compiled by undocuscholars.com:
If you are in need of funds here are a few resources:
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for Washington Undocumented Folks
- BMFSF Emergency Funds for Undocumented Families
- UndocuScholars.com Resources for Students (DACA renewal, free protective masks, relief funds, etc.)
- NEW! Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund COVID-19 relief--by and for immigrants. Application available in 11 languages.
december 4, 2020 - judge oders government to fully reinstate daca program
"Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn directed the administration on Friday to allow newly eligible immigrants to file new applications for protection under the program, reversing a memorandum issued in the summer by Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security, which restricted the program to people who were already enrolled. As many as 300,000 new applicants could now be eligible, according to the lawyers who pushed for the reinstatement." -The New York Times, Read full story here
november 18, 2020 - daca suspension invalidated
"A U.S. district court has found that Chad Wolf did not have the legal authority to serve as the acting secretary of Homeland Security when he issued his memorandum whose provisions limit the availability of DACA, and therefore that the memo was issued unlawfully. " Link to full National Immigration Law Center article
September 1, 2020 - daca: frequently asked questions
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 18, 2020 should have restored the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in its entirety, a recent announcement by the Trump administration has once again thrown the program and DACA recipients into limbo. This resource goes over frequently asked questions to help orient the community of this new change with DACA program.
June 18, 2020 - DACA Lives
"Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was 'arbitrary and capricious.'"
june 18, 2020 - daca lives
"Supreme Court rules that the Trump administration's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was 'arbitrary and capricious.'"
APRIL 15, 2020 - COVID-19 RESOURCES
All resources listed under the COVID-19 tab.
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:
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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).