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LEAP. L atino/a E ducational A chievement P roject Founded in 1998 to improve academic achievement of Latino/a students in Washington State . Approval of HB 1079. On May 7th, 2003 Governor Gary Locke signed into law House Bill 1079.

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Latino/a Educational Achievement Project

Founded in 1998 to improve academic achievement of Latino/a students in Washington State.

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Approval of HB 1079

On May 7th, 2003 Governor Gary Locke signed into law House Bill 1079.

HB 1079 enables undocumented students to attend Washington public colleges and universities by paying “resident” tuition rates.

*Resident tuition rates are much lower than non-resident tuition rates.

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Resident v. Non-resident Tuition

State Universities: ResidentNon-Resident

University of Washington $5,286 $17,916

EasternWashington University$3,582 $12,438

Central Washington University$3,654 $11,163

Washington State University $5,154 $13,572

Western Washington University $4,453 $13,840

*Examples of annual tuition for 2004-2005 academic year.

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Resident v. Non-resident Tuition

Community Colleges: ResidentNon-Resident

Yakima Valley CC $2,290.50 $7,441.50

Columbia Basin CC$2,232.00 $7,440.00

Skagit Valley College$2,227.50 $7,213.50

Wenatchee Valley College $2,080.50 $7,231.50

Seattle Central CC $2,070.00 $7,221.00

*Examples of annual tuition for 2004-2005 academic year.

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1079 Student Requirements

Undocumented students who meet the following requirements are eligible to pay resident tuition fees at public colleges and universities in Washington state:

  • Lived in Washington state for 3 years immediately before receiving a high school diploma or a general equivalent degree (GED).

  • Completed full senior year at a Washington high school.

  • Continuously resided in Washington since earning the high school diploma or GED.

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To become a 1079 Student

2-Step Process:

1. Student fills out application to attend a Washington public college or university.

  • Student fills out and signs an affidavit.

    The affidavit is a signed confidential statement by the student declaring that he/she qualifies for resident tuition rates, and that he/she will seek legal residency and citizenship when eligible.

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The AffidavitIs a confidential document that must be submitted when the student applies for admission to a Washington college or university.

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How to access the AFFIDAVIT

If an Affidavit is not provided or available:

  • Online access to the 1079 Affidavit:



  • High School Counselors

  • Educational institution’s website, e.g., www.wsu.edu

    Note: all 1079 Affidavit forms are the same.

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1079 Students do not qualify for federal and state financial aid.

  • 1079 Students are eligible to participate in the Future Teachers Scholarship


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Future Teachers Program

What is the Future Teachers Program?

  • The Future Teachers Scholarship Program is designed to help students and paraprofessionals become teachers or help existing teachers obtain additional endorsements in teacher shortage subjects--Math, Science, Technology, and Special Education.

  • In return for scholarships, participants agree to teach in Washington K-12 public schools.

  • If student does not teach the loans will have to be repaid.

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Priority Funding

2004-2005 Future Teachers Scholarship Program

Priority will be given to students:

  • who can demonstrate “bilingual ability”

  • who agree to seek teaching

    certificates/endorsements in math, science,

    technology or special education

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Future Teachers Program

  • Qualify as a resident student of Washington.

    (1079 Students)

  • Those selected will remain eligible for up to 5 years of funding.

  • Award amount depends on tuition.

  • Students must submit an application to the Higher Education Coordinating Board by October 15, 2004.

  • Notification will be in November of 2004.

  • Application available at: www.hecb.wa.gov/paying/waaidprgm/future.asp.

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Legal Status

Note: a student’s legal residency status, does not change with HB 1079 or HB 2708.

However, efforts are underway in the United States Congress to change legal status for undocumented students so that they can live, work and attend college legally.

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IF…and when

approved by the Congress, the DREAM Act would grant temporary legal residency of 6 years for students who:

  • entered the U.S. before age 16;

  • lived in U.S. for 5+ years;

  • received a high school diploma or GED in the U.S. or have been accepted into a U.S. college or university;

  • are of good moral character.

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Students would have six (6) years to earn legal permanent resident status by completing any one of the conditions below:

  • Obtain a 2-year degree from a community college

    or trade school; or,

  • Earn 2 years towards a university degree; or,

  • Serve in the U.S. military for 2 years.

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Why the DREAM Act?

Because it makes sense.

  • Children were brought here by their parents and shouldn’t be punished.

  • Many children are excelling in our schools and should have the opportunity to live and work productively in the U.S. Some, for example, will become bilingual teachers.

  • Educated children will earn higher wages, will pay more in taxes as working adults, and will contribute

    to the health and prosperity of American society.

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The students need and deserve our support

Washington State’s U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell support the DREAM Act.

  • Write to them and call them to let them know you appreciate their support for extending higher education to undocumented students

  • Ask your local school board to approve a resolution in support of the DREAM Act. Then ask them to send the resolution to all members of Washington State’s Congressional delegation.

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For more information:Latino/a Educational Achievement Projectwww.leapwa.orginfo@leapwa.org425.395.5540