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Western is nationally recognized for providing excellent education at an affordable cost, with Forbes and Kiplinger magazines ranking Western as a top value in education.

Western offers both merit- and need-based assistance to help make your education possible. Our Office of Student Financial Resources is dedicated to helping you and your family create a practical plan to pay for your college education.

More than 60% of students at WWU receive some sort of financial aid. Using grants, scholarships, student employment, and/or loans, Western will help you pay for tuition, books, and educational supplies, housing and food, transportation, and personal expenses.

Ensuring Access to Excellence at Western

For years, Western has made it a top priority to assist the students who need the most financial support. Nearly 85% of Washington residents who are determined low or lower-middle income by the FAFSA receive need-based grants and waivers that exceed the full cost of tuition and fees. In other words, the vast majority of lower income students are able to cover their full tuition and fees with money that doesn't have to be paid back! We are very proud of this achievement and will continue to ensure that the rich experience of a Western education remains affordable and accessible to all students.

To apply for need-based financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Available Tax Credits: You may be eligible for tax credits or deductions that may be taken to reduce the federal income tax burden for students or those paying the cost of a student’s higher education, including the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the lifetime learning credit, and other relevant tax credits for as long as they are available. Click here for more information on these important credits that can help reduce the cost of your college education.

HB 1079

Actively committed to inclusion and multiculturalism, Western Washington University brings together individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to create an inviting, student-centered environment.

Western extends educational opportunities and resident tuition to all students who meet the criteria of House Bill 1079, established by the State of Washington in 2004. Supporting all students persisting to degree, Western Washington University ensures confidentiality and protection of student educational records, including immigration status. We also celebrate the passage of the Real Hope Act in Washington state and invite eligible students to apply for a State Need Grant. State Financial Aid for DREAMers. Use the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) apply for a State Need Grant.

We welcome students who recognize themselves under HB 1079 and their families to contact us with questions and concerns regarding Admissions, academic resources, career preparation, and student life.

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