Pay for College

Pay for College

Real Hope/Dream Act

A new state law (Senate Bill 6523) has expanded eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to low income, non-citizen students who meet the program’s eligibility requirements and also satisfy the residency criteria below:

  • Have graduated (or will do so before beginning college) from a Washington high school, or obtained a GED®.
  • Have lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning the high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Sign an affidavit (written promise) to file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States when eligible to apply.

Who Does what?

    You:
  • Apply for SNG with WASFA.
  • Apply for college admission.
  • Respond to requests from WSAC and campus.
    WSAC (the state):
  • Maintains the WASFA online at readysetgrad.org/wasfa.
  • Passes your application on to institutions (colleges).
    Institutions (SPSCC):
  • Notifies you of eligibility for SNG and/or other aid.
  • Answers your questions about your financial aid.

What aid you are applying for?

This new law has provided student access to in-state tuition classification (referred to as “1079” students” and Washington State Need Grant (SNG) only. SNG funding is limited, so applying early and making deadlines is critical. Eligibility for the State Need Grant does not guarantee an award, as the grant is awarded on a funds-available basis.

What aid you are applying for?

This new law has provided student access to in-state tuition classification (referred to as “1079” students” and Washington State Need Grant (SNG) only. SNG funding is limited, so applying early and making deadlines is critical. Eligibility for the State Need Grant does not guarantee an award, as the grant is awarded on a funds-available basis.

What happens after you apply

Each application will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Office at SPSCC. We will send you a letter if we need additional information. Once your file is complete, your eligibility will be determined and you will be sent a notice, along with consumer information, from SPSCC.

Who is eligible?

In order to be eligible for SNG, students must:

  • Be a Washington State resident.
  • Have a family income at or below the program-specified amounts as published by the Washington State Achievement Council.
  • Attend classes at one of the eligible institutions in Washington (SPSCC is included)
  • Enroll with a minimum of three credits as an undergraduate student in an eligible program.
  • Pursue a first bachelor’s degree, a certificate, or a first associate degree in any field of study excluding theology.
  • Not exceed five years of SNG term usage or 125% of enrolled program length.
  • Not owe a repayment to another student aid program.

STEPS TO APPLY

In order to be considered for aid, a student must either apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Below is guidance to help you decide which application to complete as outlined in the WASFA application:

  • Did you obtain your Social Security Number after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) granted you Deferred Action status?
  • Are you a US Citizen (US National) OR Eligible non-citizen as defined below?
  • U.S. permanent resident with a Permanent Resident Card (formerly known as an Alien Registration Receipt Card or "Green Card")
  • Conditional permanent resident (I-551C)
  • Other eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: "Refugee," "Asylum Granted," "Indefinite Parole," "Humanitarian Parole," or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant"
  • A citizen of the Republic of Palau (PW), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (MH), or the Federated States of Micronesia (FM)

If you answered YES - to all the questions above, you want to complete the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.edu

If you answered NO - to any of the questions above, you want to complete the WASFA at www.readysetgrad.org/WASFA

 

If you are eligible to complete FAFSA:

  • FAFSA www.fafsa.gov
  • Complete SPSCC Data Sheet and submit it to the One Stop in Building 22
  • Apply for Admissions at www.spscc.edu/admissions
  • Complete affidavit http://www.hecb.wa.gov/sites/default/files/ResidencyAffidavit.pdf
  • Follow through with any additional paperwork that may be requested by the Financial Aid Office

If you are eligible to complete WAFSA:

  • WASFA www.readysetgrad.org/WASFA
  • Complete SPSCC Data Sheet and submit it to the One Stop in Building 22
  • Apply for Admissions at www.spscc.edu/admissions
  • Follow through with any additional paperwork that may be requested by the Financial Aid Office.

Contact

One Stop Desk
Second Floor Building 22
(360) 596-5232
Fax (360) 596-5712


Hours:
Monday, Tuesday 7:30-6:30
Wednesday 7:30-2:30
Thursday 7:30-6:30
Friday 7:30-5:00

Resources

Scholarship opportunities are another great way to find funding for school.