the REAL Hope Act Forum

On March 18th, UW sponsored the REAL Hope Act forum to inform what SB652 aka. the REAL Hope Act entails.

the REAL Hope Act is considered as Washington State version of DREAM Act.
Here is some information we obtained from forum.

Brief Overview:
In 2003, HB1079 passed to allow undocumented students to pay college tuition at in-State fee if they met eligible standard. The REAL Hope Act that was passed on Feb. 26 2014, allowing HB1079 students to access State Need Grant, distributed to the low-income students.

To be eligible, students need to meet following eligibility:

  • Lived in WA 3 calendar years prior to graduating HS or obtaining GED
  • Continuous residency in WA (keep address in WA for continuous years)
  • Submit 1079 affidavit (statement that you meet these condition)
  • DACA status does NOT immediately qualify individual’s eligibility, as DACA is federal status, while 1079 status is determined by years of residency in Washington state.

Eligibility for State Need Grant does NOT guarantee an award as the grant is awarded on a funds available basis. Students will have a better chance for consideration of limited State Need Grantfunds by applying as soon as Washington State Financial Aid (WASFA) website is available (anticipating this April).

Students will need to provide information about:

  • Parent income/asset (if dependent)
  • Student income/asset
  • Schools considering/current school
    • Some school may require additional documentation

Resources for students @ UW

Upcoming events for you to learn more:

Beyond HB1079 Conference
TIME: Saturday, April 5 2014, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
LOCATION: University of Washington Tacoma

Given the fact that not all eligible students are guaranteed to access this fund, SWIA will work hard to keep our SWIA Scholarships to support HB1079 students achieve their educational goals!


2014 Graduate Scholarships & Fellowship with NO CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS!

Educators for Fair Consideration has put together list of graduate scholarships targeted for students without proper documentation.

Click on the following link to view pdf: E4FC_Grad_Scholarship

E4FC has a lots of resources  & educational resources available

Visit their website at educate yourselves:)

Happy Friday!



On February 18, 2014, Washington State legislatures gave final approval to expand college financial aid for students with undocumented status who were brought to the US as children!

Immigration Financial Aid© RACHEL LA CORTE — AP Photo

Direct quote from the Olympian:

“This bill ensures that the young men and women we’ve invested in at our high schools and who aspire to become productive American citizens will now have fair access to the financial support they need to turn their dreams into reality.”

To read more on coverage: The Olympian

Be proud Washingtonians, for making progress in standing for immigration justice!



In 2013, SWIA fund raised approximately $2,700 for SWIA HB1079 Scholarship!

Scholarships were awarded to 2 students at Highline Community College.

One student is studying Biology at Highline CC and is in the process of applying to transfer to the UW or Seattle U.

Another student is also studying at Highline, and working on completing her AA transfer degree.

Both students are in good standing and progressing towards their goals.

SWIA would like to thank individuals, organizations, businesses, and Seattle Education Access for their support!

This year, SWIA set a goal to raise at least $3,000 and is currently planning on the next Tamale Bake Sale!
Thank you all again for the support!


welcome to Shelbyville(1)Official Trailer

On November 20th, 2013, SWIA hosted a free screening of “Welcome to Shelbyville” at the UW School of Social Work.

“Welcome to Shelbyville is a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In this one small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone’s throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.” – Independent Television Service

We had great post-screening discussion, and fund raised $15 for our SWIA HB1079 Scholarship fund. We thank attendees for great discussions and their generous support!

To know more about HB1079 and what SWIA is working for, please refer to the attached handout distributed at the event: Immigration issue today

We will update on SWIA HB1079 Scholarship recipient from last year and upcoming events soon!