Edmonds College Statement on Undocumented Students
We are proud at Edmonds College to be the educational home to a rich diversity of students. We know — without a doubt — that our quality of life improves when everyone has a lifetime of educational opportunity. Edmonds College remains committed to providing an inclusive environment where all students and employees can feel safe, regardless of their immigration status.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is year long delay to allow Congress the opportunity to create legislation. However, during this period of uncertainty, we must address our students' needs and concerns, who could be affected within the coming months. Some quick facts about the DACA program:
- 95% are employed or in school.
- 63% got a better paying job.
- 54% bought their first car.
- 48% got a job with better working conditions.
- 12% bought their first home.
- 100% have no felony criminal record.
- DACA recipients pay $500 to renew every two years.
- There is no legitimate economic or security reason to end DACA.
(Source: Define America, UCSD, National Immigration Law Ctr., Center for American Progress.)
Current DACA Status
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has published a well-written Q&A about the status of DACA (as of August 13, 2020).
Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington State DREAMers will soon have assistance in paying the $495 application fee to apply for a two-year extension of their status in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Advocates recommend DREAMers mail their applications no later than October 3, 2017 to make sure they are received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by the October 5 deadline.
The application fee for DREAMers will be covered by a private donation and administered through the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) in San Francisco.No state funds are being used for the application fees. With the anonymous, private donation of $125,000, approximately 250 Washington residents will be eligible for DACA application fee scholarships. Washington State has formed a DACA Renewal Coalition to implement the application fee donation program.
The leading organizations of the Coalition will be the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a legal services provider; the Washington Dream Act Coalition, a grassroots youth-led movement; the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), an organization that is currently providing scholarship funds to DACA recipients; and the state’s Office of Refugees and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA).
Please visit the Mission Asset Fund website for more information or to apply for the scholarship.
(WASFA) Washington Application for State Financial Aid
The new, nationally recognized Washington College Grant (formerly the State Need Grant) makes education and training beyond high school affordable. More families are eligible, and more programs and types of credentials are included in addition to SB5194 (formerly HB1079). Find out more about SB5194 eligibility requirements and to access the SB5194 Affidavit form.
*Please note that the information provided by the student to the institution and the WASFA is protected and will not be shared with a third party, since it is protected through FERPA.
For more information visit:
- "If DACA Ends, Here's What the Program's Recipients Need to Know About Their Rights."
- "5 Questions About DACA Answered"
Resources and Helpful Links
- Covid-19 Resources for Immigrants
- Asian Counseling and Referral Services
- Catholic Immigration Legal Services (Western WA)
- Dreamers National Scholarship
- Edmonds College Counseling and Resource Center
- Edmonds College Diversity Student Center
- Edmonds College Institutional Practices
- Information in Chinese PDF
- MALDEF - The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America
- National Immigration Law Center
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- VISA Holders and Undocumented Applicant Admission at Edmonds College
- Washington Application for Financial Aid (WASFA) for Dreamers
- Washington Attorney General Immigration Guidance
- Washington State Office of the Attorney General – Immigration Services
- Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund
- Scholarships for Non Citizens