Realize the Dream Scholarship

The Realize the Dream Scholarship is available to 2012 Washington State high school graduates who do not qualify for federal and state financial aid programs, but who do qualify for resident student status for state tuition and fees by completing an affidavit approved by House Bill (HB) 1079.

On May 7, 2003, HB 1079 was signed into law by Governor Gary Locke. This law allows students who have lived in Washington State for three years or more to be considered “residents” but only for purposes of paying tuition fees at Washington State colleges and universities. House Bill 1079 does not change a student’s legal citizenship status. The law means that HB 1079 students qualify to pay the same tuition rates that all other resident students pay. To qualify, students must have earned a high school diploma from a Washington State high school, lived in Washington State for three years prior to receiving a high school diploma, lived continuously in Washington State since earning the high school diploma, and can meet the same college admission requirements of all other students. The affidavit that HB 1079 students are required to sign is a confidential statement verifying that he/she qualifies to pay resident tuition and that he/she will seek legal permanent residency when legally permitted to do so. The affidavit is available at any public college or university in the state, and can also be found on the Higher Education Coordinating Board's website, here.

Student Eligibility

This application should only be completed by students who meet the following application filing requirements, including:

1. Students are undocumented residents of the United States and therefore do not qualify to apply for federal or state financial aid programs.
2. Students will receive their high school diploma from a Washington State high school in 2012.
3. Students have a 2.0 or higher high school grade point average (GPA).
4. Students plan to enroll in college full-time and complete an associate's and/or bachelor's degree.
5. Students plan to enroll in the fall term 2012 at eligible Washington two-year or four-year colleges or universities.
6. Students must be eligible to file the HB 1079 affidavit with public colleges and universities in order to permit them to quality for tuition rates that Washington State residents pay.
7. A student's 2011 family size and family income level meet the program requirements (e.g. for a family of 4, the 2011 family income must be $70,000 or less).

Realize the Dream Scholarship - FAQs

Family Income Requirements to Apply

The student's family income must fall within the amounts listed in the following table. 

Maximum Family Income Requirements to Apply

Household Size

Total Family Income for 2011 Cannot Exceed this Amount















More than 7

Add $3,000 more per person

Submission of High School Academic Transcript

A student must mail a copy of his or her high school academic transcript postmarked by June 18 to:

College Success Foundation
c/o Realize the Dream
1605 NW Sammamish Rd, Suite 200
Issaquah, WA 98027-5388

Enrollment Requirements

All recipients will be required to enroll as full-time students during the 2012-13 academic year. At most colleges and universities, full-time enrollment requires enrollment of a minimum of 12 quarter or semester hours per term. Funds are expected to be available for academic year enrollment (fall, winter and spring terms at “quarter” colleges; or fall and spring semesters at “semester” colleges).

Degree Objective

All recipients must be working towards the completion of either a two-year associate’s degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Scholarship Award Amounts for 2012-13 Academic Year

This is a one year scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. The maximum to be awarded will be $5,000.

Selection Criteria

Students must meet all the criteria for submitting applications. A number of factors will be considered in the selection process including each applicant's grade point average (GPA) and the cost of attendance and other financial aid and scholarships awarded at the college or university to be attended.

Application Timeline
May 17, 2012Application is closed now.
June 18, 2012Application deadline (5:00 p.m.)
July 2, 2012Selection decisions sent via email

Realize the Dream Scholarship application deadline June 18, 2012 5:00 p.m.


The application is now closed.


All students who submit applications are expected to hear by email of the decision by July 2, 2012.

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