Financial Aid FAQ

Yes! We offer the International Achievement Award (IAA), a merit-based scholarship for incoming international freshmen and transfer students. Eligible students will receive an annual reduction in non-resident tuition in the form of partial tuition waivers. The amount of the annual award varies between $1,500 and $2,500 depending on a student's GPA at time of admission. The International Student Scholarship is also available for continuing international students.

A variety of scholarships are available to new and continuing Western students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded through the Office of Admissions and are based primarily on the student’s academic accomplishments, involvements and may also include financial need.  Students may browse Western's Scholarship Center website for a current listing of all scholarships.

The Student Employment Center helps work-study and non work-study students find jobs both on and off campus. Well over 3,000 students hold jobs in a variety of different areas on campus. Students find employment in positions as diverse as web page designer, computer programmer, food service worker, departmental assistant, Residential Advisor, student advisor, kayak guide, and grounds crew member.

Western's Financial Aid Office makes every effort to help eligible students meet their educationally related financial needs through grants, scholarships, student employment, loans, or some combination of these student aid programs. Students should apply for financial aid well in advance of the January 31 priority deadline for the following academic year. Submitting the FAFSA after the priority deadline may limit your financial aid eligibility.

Western is committed to offering an excellent education at an affordable cost and is ranked as one of the 100 best values in public colleges (Kiplinger's Personal Finance). Western helps reduce the cost of attendance for students who cannot afford full tuition, on-campus housing and meals, books, and related expenses. Students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Western's priority financial aid deadline of January 31 are considered for need-based aid in the form of grants, tuition waivers, work-study employment, and loans.

Up-to-date tuition, fee, housing and other costs for both Washington residents and non-residents is available on our website.

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