Crimson Achievement Pathways Team

REAL Hope Act
HB 1079 and Real hope Act SB 6523 Students


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HB 1079 students are now eligible to apply to receive State Need Grant. If you believe that you are an HB 1079 student it is time to start the process for the school year 2014-2015.


 

House Bill 1079: This law was signed on May 2003 and allows undocumented students who have lived in Washington State for three years or more to be considered residents BUT only for purposes of paying tuition fees as any other student resident. The student’s legal status does not change.

To qualify as HB 1079, undocumented students must have:

  • Earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington State high school or institution
  • Lived in Washington for at least three years prior to receiving a diploma or GED
  • Been accepted into a Washington State college or university
  • Signed the Non-US Citizen affidavit of Residency stating he or she will apply for U.S. residency when eligible to apply

The Real Hope Act (State Bill 6523) is a legislation that allows the students who are eligible for in-state tuition and are not U.S. citizens (HB 1079) to be considered to apply to receive the State Need Grant (SNG). The student’s legal status does not change.

The process

HB 1079 students must apply for admission or be enrolled in one of the colleges or universities in Washington State and sign the Non-US Citizen affidavit of Residency. The institution the student is attending should provide this confidential statement. This form can also be found at http://coalition.wsu.edu/hb-1079-affidavit/

The Washington Student Achievement Council has developed the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for students who are unable to complete FAFSA due to immigration status (HB 1079). For the 2014-2015 academic year the WASFA deadline is May 1st; for future years it will run in the same schedule as the FAFSA, which for WSU is February 15th. For more information and updates go to http://readysetgrad.org/hope

Once the eligible student completes the state application via readysetgrad.org, the information is passed to the educational institution where the student applied. The financial aid office of that school determines if the student qualifies for the SNG.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements to be considered an HB1079 student?To qualify as HB 1079, undocumented students must have:

    To qualify as HB 1079, undocumented students must have:

    • Earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington State high school or institution
    • Lived in Washington for at least three years prior to receiving a diploma or GED
    • Been accepted into a Washington State college or university
    • Signed the Non-US Citizen affidavit of Residency stating he or she will apply for U.S. residency when eligible to apply

  • Where can I get, complete and sign the Non-US Citizens Affidavit of Residency in order to be considered for in-state tuition and be eligible to receive the Washington State Need Grant?

    Once an HB 1079 student has applied for admission or is enrolled in one of the colleges or universities in Washington State, that institution must provide the Non-US Citizens Affidavit of Residency in order to be considered for in-state tuition. This form can also be found at http://coalitit on.wsu.edu/hb-1079-affidavit/

  • As an HB 1079 student do I qualify to receive the Washington State Need Grant (SNG) this up-coming school year 2014-2015?

    Yes. The “Real Hope Act” gives HB1079 students, who have been considered for instate tuition, the possibility to be eligible for the SNG but there is no guarantee you will receive it. After applying, every student that qualifies to apply has to meet the same criteria to receive the SNG.

  • When is the deadline to fill out the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for HB1079 students who are unable to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status?

    Washington State University’s deadline for this academic year is May 1st, for future years it will run in the same schedule as the FAFSA, which for WSU is February 15th. The Washington Student Achievement Council who developed this state application for HB 1079 students, who are unable to complete the FAFSA, will not close the application. Nevertheless, because of limited founding each university has its own deadline.

  • What determines how much money, if any, do I get in SNG?

    • Award amounts could vary depending on:
    • School
    • Family income and size
    • Enrollment status
    • Awards are based on tuition and some fees at public institutions 
    • Tuition and fees are not fully covered by SNG awards
    • SNG is awarded depending on the funds available 

  • I am HB1079 but I did not complete my degree. Can I go back to school and now be eligible for SNG?

    As long as you have not completed your first degree and meet all the qualifications for being an HB1079 student you are eligible to apply to receive the WSN. If you have already completed your degree you are not eligible to be considered for the SNG, however, you are still eligible to pay in-state tuition.

  • Once I am eligible to receive the State Need Grant, do I automatically receive it every year while I am in school?

    No, this is a yearly process. The student has to complete and submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for students who are unable to complete FAFSA (HB 1079) every year.

  • How do I know my WASFA has being submitted and received by the institution I applied to?

    Once the eligible student completes the state application via readysetgrad.org they will receive and email confirmation from the Washington Student Achievement Council. After the information has being processed it is passed to the educational institution the student chose in the application. The financial aid office of that institution determines if the student qualifies for the SNG. Remember, this application must be submitted every year. This application will be available from January first to February 15th of every year.

  • I am HB 1079 student but I am planning to attend a university out of the state of Washington. Am I still eligible to receive the State Need Grant?

    No, HB 1079 students can qualify to apply for the SNG ONLY if they attend an eligible college or university in Washington State.

  • If I am an HB 1079 student, can I submit my FAFSA in order to be considered to receive the Washington State Need Grant?

    No, only student who are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen can submit the FAFSA. You need to apply to the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) at readysetgrad.org