Undocumented individuals are eligible for admission to any graduate program at the University of Washington.
We would like to remind graduate students that the office of Graduate Student Equity and Excellence provides a safe space for all students. For additional information, undocumented students can reach out to UW Leadership Without Borders Center.
“[I]f DACA ends, the University of Washington will do everything within its power to minimize the disruption to your lives and education. We also support all efforts to restore the protections that DACA has provided, including legal actions … Students, faculty or staff seeking individual guidance can find resources at UW Leadership Without Borders Center or by emailing email@example.com.”
UW President Ana Mari Cauce
Diversity at the University of Washington
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote, access, opportunity and justice for all.
Resources for Undocumented Students
Below are some guidelines specific to applying to and finding funding for graduate school as an undocumented student.
- To apply to a UW graduate program, complete the UW Graduate School application. Please note that the UW Graduate School application and the information provided by GSEE does not apply to the following UW professional schools: School of Dentistry, School of Law, School of Medicine, and School of Pharmacy. Please contact those schools directly for more information.
- New applicants will be asked to “create your applicant profile.” Undocumented students should answer the following questions in this way:
Question 8: What is your current citizenship/visa status?
Answer: Other: F-1/F-2; J-1/J-2; H-1B/H-4; L-1/L-2; TN/TD; K-1; undocumented; DACA
Question 12: If currently living in the U.S., indicate present visa status (if you don’t presently have a visa, select “None”). Answer: None
Question 13: What type of visa status do you expect to hold while you are studying at the UW (if you don’t expect to have a visa, select “None”)? Answer: None
An undocumented student should be cautioned that they will be sorted into “international student” application status. If you are a Washington State resident, you will have an opportunity to change your residency status once admitted.
3. When applicants are ready to submit their application, there is an opportunity to apply for an application fee waiver. A limited number of application fee waivers are available to applicants who qualify for financial need. Fee waiver requests must be submitted in the online admission application after all steps of the application have been completed and at least seven calendar days prior to the program’s posted application deadline.
UW departments are encouraged to review their individual funding resources in detail to determine if undocumented students (that may or may not be DACA approved) are eligible. There are numerous non-federal resources (i.e. state dollars and private grants) that departments can explore to determine eligibility.
Undocumented students with a DACA work permit can legally work in the United States. However, they are not eligible to apply for federal funding through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
If an undocumented graduate student has DACA, they are eligible for Academic Student Employee positions, including teaching assistantships (TAs), research assistantships (RAs), and staff assistantships (GSAs).
This table provides additional funding information determined by undocumented status eligibility:
|UNDOCUMENTED STATUS||TUITION CLASSIFICATION||FUNDING ELIGIBILITY|
|HB 1079 and DACA Approved||Resident Tuition|| Private scholarships and personal financial resources Non-federal AND some federal departmental resources
GSFEI Top Scholar Awards
|HB 1079 not DACA Approved||Resident Tuition|| Private scholarships and personal financial resources Non-federal departmental resources
GSFEI Top Scholar Awards
|DACA Approved but not HB 1079 Eligible||Non-Resident Tuition|
|Neither HB 1079 nor DACA Approved||Non-Resident Tuition|| Private scholarships and personal financial resources Non-federal departmental resources
GSFEI Top Scholar Awards
The Office of Graduate Student Equity & Excellence (GSEE) is committed to serving the needs of Black, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander graduate students to enhance equity and graduate student success. GSEE encourages prospective and current undocumented graduate students to contact the GSEE office to get acquainted with our services and student programming. For more information, call 206.543.9016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (ECC) has been a place where undergraduate and graduate students can build community with a diverse group of students who may share similar backgrounds and worldviews. This is a center dedicated to inclusion and offers leadership development, education on social justice, advising for registered student organizations, and a strong commitment to diversity programming. The ECC houses Leadership Without Borders. For more information, please contact email@example.com.