Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the HB1079?
A student is considered HB1079 if: he/she is not a legal permanent resident; does not possess a green card, visa, or other legal documentation, including those born outside of the United States. Many of whom have lived in this country for a significant portion of their lives, and who reside here without the legal permission of the government.
Do HB1079 students qualify for financial aid?
Students with this status do not qualify for federal or Washington state government student aid.
Who is eligible for aid from Title IV programs?
A student must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen to be eligible for aid from Title IV Programs. This includes: U.S. Citizen or national; U.S. permanent resident; Citizens of certain pacific islands; Other eligible non-citizens (residents, fugitives, asylums, etc).
Can a HB1079 person fill out the FAFSA?
Anyone can complete the FAFSA. However, in order to qualify the applicant must possess a valid Social Security Number (SSN). This information is used to verify an applicant's citizenship status but also other information (i.e. Selective Service record, tax return information, etc.).
When you are filling out the FAFSA:
- if parent(s) has no legitimate SSN, should supply all zeros.
- if parent(s) worked, must supply income and asset information. IRS provision allows HB1079 workers to file by applying for a tax identification number (TIN) for tax return filing purposes only (IRS Publication 519).
- Dependency Override (i.e. students seeking to complete a FAFSA without parental information): Can not be performed solely on basis that the parent is HB1079.
- PLUS/Additional Unsubsidized Eligibility: A dependent student may be eligible if there are exceptional circumstances that preclude the parent from borrowing .