Students who are non-citizens who have graduated from a Washington high school and have lived in the state for at least three years may be eligible for in-state tuition at public institutions, rather than being charged non-resident tuition.
To qualify for in-state tuition under this classification, a student must meet these criteria:
- Graduate from a Washington state high school or obtain a GED or equivalent
- Live in Washington for at least three years prior to earning their high school diploma or equivalent
- Live in Washington continually since they earned their high school diploma or GED
- Sign an affidavit (a written promise) affirming eligibility and promising to become a permanent resident/citizen of the United States when eligible to apply
Washington State’s 2014 Legislature passed the REAL Hope Act (SB 6523), also known as the Washington Dream Act, to expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the same residency requirement under HB 1079 and program requirements. Visit the website to find the Washington Dream Act application process and requirements.