State Financial Aid for DREAMers

In 2014, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the REAL Hope Act (SB6523), also known as the Washington State Dream Act. This new state law expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant and to low-income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and satisfy the residency criteria below:

  • Have graduated from a Washington high school or obtained a GED® (or will do so before beginning college).
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since, earning the high school diploma or equivalent.

*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.

How to apply
Step One: To apply for the State Need Grant, low-income, non-citizen students unable to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to immigration status may instead complete the free Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). To find out more information and start your application today, visit www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa and click on “Start A New WASFA.”

Step Two: Submit a WASFA Information Sheet to the Bates Financial Aid office. After the financial aid office receives your paperwork, they will send you a welcome email requesting any additional documentation necessary for processing. This may include proof of high school completion, program start date, etc. 

Step Three: Attend a college Information Session and apply to an eligible program of study at Bates.

Note: Eligibility for the State Need Grant does not guarantee an award, as the grant is awarded on a funds-available basis. The sooner you complete an application, the better chance you have for consideration of limited State Need Grant funds.

Getting started at Bates
After you have submitted all of the required items to the financial aid office, you will be sent a BankMobile Refund Selection Kit. This is the college’s financial aid distribution service.

All students are also strongly encouraged to regularly check the Student Financial Aid Portal. To login into the portal, you will use your Student Identification Number (SID) as your username and your six-digit date of birth (ddmmyy) as your password.The Financial Aid staff is dedicated to processing files timely. If you complete your financial aid file by the deadline, you will be notified before the quarter starts. Files are processed in date order by your file completion date, which can be viewed in the Portal.