Introduced by Sen. Barbara Bailey (Oak Harbor) (R) on January 31, 2014, adds students who receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status to the eligibility for the State Needs Grant (SNG) tuition assistance program. DACA status applies too children who were brought by their parents to the US illegally. The bill, known as the "Real Hope Act," makes DACA status students eligible for the SNG if they completed the full senior year of high school and obtained a diploma at a Washington
public or private high school, or received the equivalent of a diploma;
lived in Washington for at least three years immediately prior to receiving the
diploma or its equivalent; and
continuously lived in the state after receiving the diploma or its equivalent and until
being admitted to a public institution of higher education. See also HB 1817, which makes similar provisions and is known as the "Washington State Dream Act.".