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Information for Undocumented Students, DREAMers, Real Hope Act.

Our Commitment to YOU.

“All students are welcome at LCC, including international students, immigrant students, students who are undocumented, and students covered under DACA. — Chris Bailey, President, Lower Columbia College.

Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities. Many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called the The Real Hope Act (SB 6523), which was signed into law in 2014.

You qualify if you can say yes to these three questions:

  1. I have or will have graduated from a high school or will have obtained my GED in Washington state.
  2. I have lived or will have lived in Washington state for three years before graduating from high school.
  3. I am currently attending or plan to attend a public college or university in Washington state.

If you are an undocumented student and you already know you qualify, go to WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply. Or, scroll down for more information.

Resources for Undocumented Students

How to apply for Financial Aid

Eligibility for several Washington State financial aid programs has expanded to include students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status.

Students who meet individual program, income, or residency requirements for the Washington State Need Grant, the College Bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid).

  Apply for the WASFA

Application Resources (also available on the WASFA site)

Información en Español

Scholarship opportunities for undocumented students

Lower Columbia College Foundation Scholarships

Undocumented students who have applied for the WASFA are encouraged to apply for Foundation Scholarships. Applications are accepted once a year for the following academic year.

Other Outside Scholarships:

Contact these departments and/or staff members for more information regarding undocumented students

Assistencia en español

  Assistencia en español


Admissions/Registration

 360.442.2370
 registration@lowercolumbia.edu
 Enrollment & Admissions

Counseling Services

  360.442.2330
  jhouge@lowercolumbia.edu
  Counseling Services

Diversity & Equity Committee

  360.442.2635
  dec@lowercolumbia.edu
  Diversity & Equity

Transitional Studies

 360.442.2580
 transitionalstudies@lowercolumbia.edu
 Transitional Studies/Basic Skills

Financial Aid

  360.442.2390
  financialaidoffice@lowercolumbia.edu
  Financial Aid

Information about how Lower Columbia College protects student privacy

Student Records Policy

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (1974) prohibits schools from providing any outside agency—including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—with any information from a student's school file without the student's written consent, unless ordered by law or court mandated, or to protect the heath or safety of the student or other individuals. Any law enforcement agent in search of an individual or seeking information should be directed to Lower Columbia College's Vice President of Student Services, or Manager of Safety & Security.

For more information see LCC's Catalog Annual Notification of Student Privacy (FERPA).


Non-Discrimination and Anti Harassment Policy

LCC supports and affirms our entire college community, especially those whose identities and communities are marginalized. LCC celebrates diversity, inclusion and equity, and holds these values at the heart of our College.

For more information see LCC's Non Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy.


Code of Student Conduct

Admission to LCC carries with it the expectation that students will conduct themselves as responsible members of the college community, that they will comply with established rules and regulations of the College, maintain high standards of honesty and integrity, and respect the rights, privileges and property of other members of the College community.

For more information see LCC's Code of Student Conduct.

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