Contact: Ray Corona
September 23, 2014
SEATTLE, WA- In a letter released this week, the University of Washington School Medicine announced that it would begin accepting application from undocumented students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This is an enormous triumph for undocumented students in Washington who earlier this year won the right to apply for the State Need Grant through passage of the Washington State Dream Act/REAL Hope Act.
Luis Ruben, a DACAmented Dreamer, UW undergraduate student, and leader with the Washington Dream Act Coalition issued the following statement:
“The University Of Washington School Of Medicine’s decision to allow individuals with DACA status like myself to apply for admission is a tremendous victory for our community. My dream has always been to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. With this recent change, I won’t have to leave my community or state to do so. Although, the cost to attend might be a barrier since I do not qualify for FAFSA or student loans, I am determined to find a way to attend the UWSOM. I’ve never been prouder to be a Husky!”
The Washington Dream Act Coalition highly commends the University of Washington School Of Medicine for their decision, encourages other institutions to follow their lead, and will continue advocating for the educational equity of undocumented students in Washington State and across the nation.