Resources for Students Without Documents

WWU’s Career Services provides advising services to students regardless of immigration status. Students without documents are welcome to meet with our counselors and attend all of our events. You can trust that all information is kept confidential. Please bear in mind that we are not qualified to give legal advice. You may want to consult with an immigration attorney or seek legal advice from the Washington State Educational Access Coalition or the NW Immigrant Rights Project for additional information regarding your immigration status.


DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) provides students without documents with a social security number and defers deportation action. This social security number allows students and graduates to work and intern legally, however, it cannot be used for financial aid purposes. DACA does not provide a path to citizenship. To qualify individuals without documents must meet these requirements:

  • Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
  • Came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday;
  • Have lived in the US for five years or more
  • Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
  • Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

21 Progress for DACA Loans If you are eligible under the DACA program, but don’t have access to the $465 application fee, you can join a DACA Lending Circle. This organization will advance the funds, and you pay it back monthly while building your personal credit history.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice for low income immigrants by pursuing and defending their legal status.

The College Board Resources for Undocumented Students contains information about college admissions, financial aid, support and more.

Washington State Education Access Coalition for HB 1079 Students Resources is comprised of faculty and staff from colleges, universities and other interested organizations around the state to assess the services that are available to support non-United States citizens who are attending or may attend college through Washington State House Bill 1079 and to educate providers, families and policymakers about the issues facing these students in higher education. Their Resource Guide for Students and Their Advocates contains useful information related to career and internship searches.

Life After College: A Guide For Undocumented Students published By Educators For Fair Consideration (E4fc) contains valuable information, tips, and resources to help undocumented students navigate life after graduation.

Washington State Patrol Background checks are sometimes required for internships and/or employment. These checks review criminal histories and do not include any checks on immigration status.

Educators for Fair Consideration empowers undocumented young people to pursue their dreams of college

US Department of Education the U.S. Department of Education's page dedicated to providing information and resources for students who are newly arrived in the United States or who have received, or are planning to request, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

List of Scholarships and Fellowships That Do Not Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency

Page Updated 06.23.2014