UW Tacoma welcomes undocumented students. We are committed to supporting undocumented students through the application process and to accessing the resources available to help you pursue higher education.
There is no federal or state law that prohibits undocumented students admission to public or private universities in the state of Washington. In fact, Washington state provides a number of programs that help undocumented students succeed in their educational pursuits. If you have any questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact the Admissions office.
I am undocumented, can I apply to UW Tacoma?
Yes, prospective students can apply to UW Tacoma regardless of their immigration status. There is no federal or state law that prohibits undocumented students’ admission to public or private universities in the state of Washington. All prospective students will be reviewed under the same admissions criteria regardless of immigration status.
Am I eligible for a Residency Affidavit?
Students may qualify to pay in-state tuition rates if they meet all of the following three criteria:
Received a high school diploma (or the equivalent).
Maintained a primary residence in Washington for at least one year (12 months) immediately prior to starting their first admitted quarter at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Affirm that they are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or that they will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States as soon as they are eligible to apply.
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
If you are considering applying for DACA, please review the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project's DREAMer Resources advisory or Tacoma Community House, which includes information on how to apply for and renew DACA. If you are thinking about applying for DACA, make sure to get all the right information you need before you submit your application to U.S. Citizenship Immigration Services.
DACA is a program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that temporarily suspends the deportation of some unauthorized individuals. DACA was announced on June 15, 2012. Students who are granted DACA can be employed legally in the U.S. for up to two years (if they demonstrate "an economic necessity for employment"). If you've received a work authorization permit through DACA you'll also receive a Social Security Number.
Learn more at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: