You are an important part of our community. And you are most welcome here.
Pierce College is committed to serving undocumented students through a holistic approach that encompasses personal guidance, peer mentoring, counseling, community building, referrals to immigration legal services, and other forms of individualized support. If you are an undocumented student, know that Pierce College is for you too.
Here to Help
For resources and information, contact Ilder Betancourt Lopez, Vice President of Learning and Student Success. Ilder was raised by former undocumented immigrants. His dad came from Mexico and his mother came from El Salvador. He understands first-hand the challenges and strengths of immigrant families and communities. He is ready to help undocumented students.
Ilder Betancourt Lopez
Financial aid may be available to you. Washington state provides non-citizens with the opportunity to access state financial aid through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
- Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
- Washington Apple Education Foundation Scholarships
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship - Career and Technical Scholarship
Referrals to Legal Services
Pierce College partners with organizations to provide our undocumented students with some legal services. Contact Ilder Betancourt Lopez for more information.
Pierce College Faculty and Staff: Be an Ally
You have an opportunity to be an ally when someone discloses their undocumented status to you. An ally can support and advocate in the following ways:
1. Share This Site
This site contains resources for undocumented students. Please share with them.
Be willing to hear the experiences, fears, and uncertainties faced by the student. Disclosure of undocumented status is difficult. If a student has shared this information with you, you have gained their trust.
3. Connect the Student With the College
Share with the student that Ilder Betancourt Lopez is ready and willing to support them. Ilder will further welcome the student and connect them with resources.
4. Educate Yourself
Here are some resources to help you in your journey: