Washington State University

Student Financial Services


While our office is commited to minimizing any obstacles prospective students may face, HB1079 students have limited eligibility for financial aid. This page is dedicated to providing relevant information to further our mission to ensure all students receive the maximum amount of assistance possible.

Who are HB 1079 students

On May 7, 2003, House Bill (HB) 1079 was signed into law by Governor Gary Locke. This new law allows students who have lived in Washington State for three years or more to be considered “residents” but onlyfor purposes of paying tuition fees at Washington colleges and universities. HB 1079 does not change a student’s legal citizenship status. The new law means that HB1079 students qualify to pay tuition rates that all other resident students pay. To qualify, students must have: earned a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) from a Washington State high school; lived in Washington State for three years prior to receiving a high school diploma or GED, and lived continually in Washington since earning the high school diploma or GED, and can meet college or university admission requirements expected of all other students.

The Affidavitthat HB1079 Students are required to sign is a confidential statement verifying that he/she qualifies to pay resident tuition, and that he/she will seek legal permanent residency when legally permitted to do so. If an Affidavitis not provided or available, the 1079 Student should ask a trusted relative, friend, teacher, or counselor to request it from the institution he/she plans to attend, or the Affidavit is available on our website here.
To enroll in college a student must go through the following steps:

  1. Complete the admission and scholarship applications from the college or university the student plans to attend.
  2. Fill out and sign the Affidavit. This should be available at any public high school, college or university in the state.
  3. Submit the admission, scholarship applications, and Affidavit to the college/university by the deadline stated by the institution.
Financial Options At WSU

In addition there are scholarship information web sites and private/non-university scholarships.  You can search our listing at: /scholarships

University Achievement Award

Students must complete and submit admission application materials by January 31st.  Eligibility is based on HS GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, and courses a student completed.  Please use the UAA online calculator to see if you qualify. 

Access and Opportunity Scholarship

Incoming HB1079 students with a high school GPA of 3.5 or better can be considered for this scholarship.  There are two levels of awards ($3,000 and $5,000) and it’s a competitive scholarship.  Students are required to complete the Admissions application and Scholarship application by January 31st.  In addition HB1079 students need to complete the affidavit form with Admissions linked here.

Future Cougars Of Color (FCOC)

FCOC is both a visitation and scholarship program.  Awards are made at the $1,000 and $3,000 level.  Registration for the event opens in early January, 2010.  Please visit http://futurestudents.wsu.edu/scholarships/fcoc/default.aspx for more information.

Miscellaneous University Scholarship

Students completing the Scholarship Application are automatically considered for other university scholarships.  The criteria vary according to the donor.  Apply on-line: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/wsuschol/

Outside Scholarship Sites

HB 1079 Friendly Research Sites:

Latino College Dollars-www.latinocollegedollars.org

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund-http://www.maldef.org/education/scholarships.htm

Aspira Association, Inc.-http://www.aspira.org/manuals/scholarships

Western Union Foundation’s Family Scholarship Program-http://corporate.westernunion.com/scholarship.html

Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica- http://www.cofem.org/

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation- http://www.patsyminkfoundation.org/

Private Donor and Endowed Scholarships-/scholar/PrivDonor.html


Free Scholarship Search Sites:

The WashBoard.org- http://www.thewashboard.org/login.aspx

CollegeBoard- http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp


SallieMae- http://go.salliemae.com/pay_scholarship_search/

College Tool Kit-http://scholarships.collegetoolkit.com/scholarship/main.aspx

College NET- http://www.collegenet.com/elect/app/app

Super College- http://www.supercollege.com/scholarships/scholarships.cfm

Broke Scholar- https://www.brokescholar.com/

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute- http://www.chciyouth.org/


Scholarship Lists

There are a number of lists available on the internet. Here we will post them as they become available to us.

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Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance figures are given for each term at finaid.wsu.edu/coa.html

Frequently Asked Questions

Do HB1079 students qualify for student aid?

Students with this status do not qualify for federal or Washington state government student aid.

Who is eligible for aid from Title IV programs?

A student must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen to be eligible for aid from Title IV Programs. This includes: U.S. Citizen or national; U.S. permanent resident; Citizens of certain pacific islands; Other eligible non-citizens (residents, fugitives, asylums, etc)

Can an HB1079 Person fill out the FAFSA?

Anyone can complete the FAFSA. However, in order to qualify the applicant must possess a valid Social Security Number (SSN). This information is used to verify an applicant's citizenship status but also other information (i.e. Selective Service record, tax return information, etc.).

When you are filling out the FAFSA?

  • if parent(s) has no legitimate SSN, should supply all zeros.
  • if parent(s) worked, must supply income and asset information. IRS provision allows HB1079 workers to file by applying for a tax identification number (TIN) for tax return filing purposes only (IRS Publication 519).
  • Dependency Override (i.e. students seeking to complete a FAFSA without parental information): Can not be performed solely on basis that the parent is HB1079.
  • PLUS/Additional Unsubsidized Eligibility: A dependent student may be eligible if there are exceptional circumstances that preclude the parent from borrowing .
Student testimonies

Student 1

Being an HB1079 student is one of the hardest challenges that any individual will ever have to face in their lifetime. The uncertainty of not knowing how you will obtain enough funding for every school year is a nightmare but most importantly now knowing what your future has in store for you is the worst of them all. I like many other immigrant children was brought to the United States when I was just a child. Not understanding what the consequences of being HB1079 were at that time I did what every other person in this country has the opportunity to do, I followed my dreams regardless of my legal status. A stellar student from the beginning, I enjoyed playing sports, giving back to the community, hanging out with friends as well as helping to support my family. Early on I knew that I wanted to leave behind a legacy of what I had achieved in my lifetime. I decided that post-secondary education was the only way for me to achieve such a feat and that I had to work twice as hard than other individuals since I would not qualify for financial aid, grants or even loans. Luckily the HB l079 was passed and I was allowed to pay in-state tuition at any Washington State College/University. After looking at my finances and the universities that I had applied to, I made a decision to attend Washington State University. It has been a decision that I have never regretted in my life, with the understanding of faculty, staff and friends I have been able to pursue a degree in [redacted] without ever having to feel judged or looked down upon because of my legal status. The university has always respected my privacy and never once have I ever been referred to as a 1079 student by anyone on campus. I am treated just like any other individual here and I am given the same opportunities as the next person in line. I chose to write this personal testimony not out of force but instead out of free will to show other HB1079 students that anything is possible in this amazing country. Yes, granted there are many challenges facing HB1079 students but no one ever said life was going to be easy. Take every opportunity available to better yourself, seek assistance from trusted friends, family members and mentors, but most importantly never give up on your dreams! Attending college might not make you a millionaire but it sure does open doors for success, a career and fulfillment in life.

Student 2

I started attending a community college in Washington. However, I was told that I would have to pay international student rates, even though my mother was then a legal resident of [redacted]. My family was already struggling financially at the time, so in order to pay those rates I began working at a fast food restaurant, while my mother worked at home. I was finally able to save enough money to pay for two classes. I put a lot of effort and dedication into my studies, because school has always been one of my top priorities in life, and simply the idea of not being able to attend college after high school made me feel very depressed. Even when things became difficult at work, I didn’t quit because I really needed the money for school. I was excelling in both of my classes, and I was determined to continue at college even if I could only afford a few classes.
One day I received a letter in the mail from the community college I was attending, saying that according to the information they had on their records, I was not qualified to continue as a matriculated student, and that my classes would not receive credit. I was devastated because my mom and I had worked so hard to finally gather the money for me to pay for those classes. I finished the quarter in that school anyway, knowing that I would not be able to get those classes to count towards a degree. Regardless, the new knowledge and experience I had gained through those classes could not be taken away from me, and I was determined to continue my education somehow.
I then registered at a community college in [redacted], and my mom and I continued working in order for me to pay for a few classes. My academic advisors at this school encouraged me to apply for financial aid or a scholarship, as they were impressed by my grades, my diligence, and my attitude in class, but of course, I was not able to do so due to my immigration status. After my traumatic experience at the community college in Washington, I became afraid to seek any type of financial help at school. Meanwhile, my family’s financial situation worsened, and my mom was not going to be able to continue helping me to pay for school. I became very depressed again, but I never lost the hope that I would somehow find a way to enable me to continue attending school.
I began looking for scholarship financial assistance online, and I finally encountered a group that was willing to help me. Thanks to them, I eventually earned my Associates Degree, and was then able to enroll at WSU.
As HB1079 students we face many more challenges than the average student, including, in my case, struggling to succeed while studying in a second language. However, what is vitally important is for us to not give up the dream of obtaining an education, to overcome the fears we all face, and to get out there and try to make things happen. If I would have given up at each obstacle, I would not be attending WSU today.

Student 3

If I were in Mexico right now, I wouldn’t be in school. I would have completed only the sixth grade because I would then be needed to work in the field to support the family. I come from a poor family so education pass the sixth grade doesn’t exit. As a 20 year old, I would be working hard as a waitress (a good job) or laboring on the farm along side with my father. However, at 20 years of age I am a good student with a 3.31 GPA at Washington State University. In the United States I have the chance to be someone, to be educated, to be successful, to be a better role model to my family regardless whether I am rich or poor. As I grew up, I filled my life with goals that I wish someone day to accomplish. Ever since I enter school, I have had one powerful dream, to graduate. Now that I have graduated, I have an even bigger dream, to graduate from a four year university. I have always worked hard to accomplish my goals because I know that if I want to be someone I have to work for it. I have centered my life around my education because I know that in the end it will pay off. I have graduated from [redacted] High School with the Highest Honors and am now a junior in college. My greatest motivations in getting a good education are my parents. They have worked so hard all their lives that the least I could do for them is help them financially so they don’t have to work so much in the blazing summer days or in the freezing winter days. I want their lives to improve since they didn’t have the chance to get an education like I have. Another motivation are my younger siblings. I want them to follow my example and not give up on their education. I want them to realize how important it is to get a good education here in the United States. My graduating is the best example I could give them because I have had to overcome several obstacles that they will not have to face. My parents depend on me not only because I am the oldest but also because I will be the first one who will be able to help them and is leading the way for my younger siblings. I want to be the best example my younger siblings can look upon and follow. For these reasons, I want my goals to become a reality not just a dream but in order for that to happen I know I will have to put every effort to make them real.

Student 4

I am a 1079 student. A couple years ago I did not understand what this title signified. I was unaware that it labeled me and my legal status in this country. Up to a couple years ago, being an HB1079 student did not affect me. My grades have always been exceptional and I have maintained an above-average academic achievement level. This did not set me aside from my documented peers; in fact it made me stand out as an inspirational student. I believed my legal status would not affect me however things changed when I began to look into pursuing higher education. Like many other immigrants, my parents’ livelihood is agricultural labor. I was only two years of age when I was brought to this country. Today I know nothing more than what this country has to offer. Neither one of my parents graduated high school nor has a decent-paying job. Due to our low-income status, I have had to aid my family financially. I was thirteen years old when I began my first job in agriculture and I have been doing that type of labor ever since. Every summer I work two jobs—most of which include manual agricultural labor and consist of long working hours with no overtime pay. Attending college was the most impactful decision both financially and emotionally for my family. My family has been there to support me throughout this journey. We have all been working together for these past years to gather the funds needed to pay for my college tuition and fees. The House Bill 1079 grants me the privilege to attend college despite my legal status. Even though I am allowed to attend a university I do not qualify for federal financial aid or countless number of scholarships. Luckily, Washington State University has supported me greatly. The WSU Scholarship Foundation granted me financial aid so I can continue my education. Throughout my years as a college student I have learned about the numerous resources available to HB1079 students. This community is also great support since I am not the only HB1079 student on campus. Despite the obstacles I have encountered, I am thankful for having the opportunity to receive an education. Currently I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree with double majors in [redacted]. I am the first person in my family to graduate high school and attend a university. This accomplishment has inspired me to continue pursuing my career and goals. I believe that my family’s experience as low-class, agricultural workers, has presented me with opportunities and challenges in pursuing my educational goals. I am now proving to my family that every challenge and hardship we have gone through in this country was worth it in order to fulfill our dreams.

Resources for students and parents

Important Information for Parents and Families

Student Affairs

List of Resources for Resident Housing and Dining Sources:

List of Resources for Greek Life

Mom's Weekend

Dad's Weekend

Message Board

Cougar Card

Student Accounts

Student Loan Office

Health and Wellness Center

Multicultural Student Services

Education Abroad

Code of Conduct

The Bookie

Parent's Program

States that grant resident tuition regardless of citizenship status


  • The law broadened state residency to include all graduates of TX HSs (or individuals that receive the equivalent thereof from TX), regardless of immigration status, who are enrolled in a state college/university, have resided in TX for 3 or more years, and who sign an affidavit promising to file an application to become a permanent resident at the earliest possible opportunity.
  • http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/1528.PDF?CFID=5650230&CFTOKEN=49073076



  • This law allows all students to be eligible for in-state tuition rates if the student attended a UT HS for 3 or more years, graduated from a UT HS or received an equivalent degree in UT, registers as an entering student at a college/university after the fall of 2002-03, and if the student is undocumented, files an affidavit promising to file an application to become a permanent resident as early as possible.
  • http://www.cppa.utah.edu/publications/higher_ed/Policy_Brief_2_13_07_In-state_Tuition.pdf

New York

  • This law permits all students, regardless of immigration status, to have in-state tuition rates if the student attended a NY HS for 2 or more years, applied to attend a NY city or NY state college/university within 5 years of receiving a HS diploma or the equivalent thereof (issued in NY) and if the student signs an affidavit promising to file an application to become an LPR as soon as possible.
  • http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/TABLE_State_Leg_Imm_Higher-Ed.PDF


  • Would qualify an individual who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. to be classified as an IL resident for tuition purposes if the individual resided with his or her guardian while attending an IL HS, graduated from an accredited IL HS or achieved the equivalent thereof, attended such HS for 3 years preceding the graduation, registers as an entering student no sooner than Fall 2003 and provides an affidavit stating that the individual will file an application to become an LPR as soon as eligible to do so.
  • http://www.niu.edu/Admissions/freshman/Undocumented%20Students.pdf


  • Would permit immigrant students, regardless of status, to be eligible for enrollment at an OK institute of higher learning and be eligible for classification as an OK resident if the student attended an OK HS for at least 2 consecutive years and graduated from such HS. Would also make financial aid and scholarships accessible for such students.
  • http://www.nilc.org/immlawpolicy/DREAM/TABLE_State_Leg_Imm_Higher-Ed.PDF


  • Would permit students, regardless of immigration status, to obtain in-state tuition rates if they attended and graduated from a KS HS or received a GED certificate issued within KS, and have lived in KS for a period of at least 3 years immediately preceding the acceptance to an institution of higher learning.
  • http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_76/Article_7/76-731a.html


New Mexico











Important dates

January 1: Available Free Application for Federal Student Aid of 2015-2016 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA). http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

January 31: Deadline for completing the scholarship application. http://apply.wsu.edu

February 15: Priority date to request FAFSA.

Contact information

For more information, please contact:

Marcela Pattinson: marcela.pattinson@wsu.edu

Luis Martinez-Rocha: luismtzr@wsu.edu



Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Student Financial Services, Lighty Building Room 380, Washington State University, PO Box 641068, Pullman WA 99164-1068, 509-335-9711.