To qualify for financial aid at the University of Washington, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be admitted to the University in a degree granting program, demonstrate financial need, not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a grant, and be making satisfactory progress toward a degree.
To begin the financial aid process at the University of Washington, please visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid website.
For priority consideration, your FAFSA must be received by the federal application processor by the University's deadline of February 28. You must file a FAFSA every year and applications will be available online for the following year starting January 1.
International students, unless they are permanent residents, are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. International students should not rely upon receiving financial assistance as a means of support for their first year here. University policy requires that an international student be fully funded (and able to show their source of support) before being admitted to the university. International students cannot apply for permission to work during their first year of study except in cases of extreme emergency. The U.S. Immigration limits the amount of part-time work foreign students may do even when permission is granted. The International Student Services (ISS) provides assistance to enrolled international students at the UW .
For more information on financial aid, contact
Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-5880
The Department of Architecture has a limited number of scholarships awarded to top tier candidates at the time of admissions. There is no separate application form to complete. All who submit an application are automatically considered.
During winter quarter, the Department of Architecture announces a Call for Applications to over a dozen privately funded scholarships. Current undergraduate and graduate students are allowed to apply. Decisions and awards are granted during the spring quarter for the upcoming academic year. Eligibility for these awards varies, but a majority are need-based scholarships so a FAFSA or Financial Need Assessment Form for Non- Citizen/Permanent Residents should be completed (form provided when Call for Applications is announced).
The prior year’s list of scholarships can be found on our website here.
What is Work-Study?
To qualify for Work-Study jobs you must demonstrate financial need and have a Work-Study award as part of your overall financial aid award. To determine work-study eligibility, a FAFSA must be submitted. If you have financial need and haven't been awarded Work Study you can talk to a financial aid counselor at the UW Office of Student Financial Aid www.washington.edu/students/osfa/ about being placed on the Work Study waiting list. Please keep in mind that Work Study is only one type of job on campus. There are non-work study positions on-campus and other part-time employment jobs off-campus too.
In a Work Study program, the employer pays only 20-50 percent of the student's wages; the rest is subsidized by federal or state funds. International students are ineligible for Work-Study.
Types of Work-Study Positions on the Department:
In order to be considered for employment in the Department of Architecture, a student must be work- study eligible.
Current students interested in a work-study position in the Department of Architecture should email a cover letter and resume to Shanna Sukol, Program Manager.
Work-study positions available at other departments are posted on the UW Office of Student Financial Aid website.
Funding for International Students
The University of Washington is a public institution; therefore no state or federal financial assistance is offered to international students. Students, their families, and sponsors must assume all financial responsibility for tuition and living expenses. It is very important that applicants review the expected expenses before deciding to apply for admission.
Although financial aid or work-study positions from the University of Washington is not available for international students, the UW International Student Services website provides helpful information to international students attending the University of Washington.
International students may qualify to apply for some Department Scholarships. The Department Scholarship descriptions are announced in winter quarter to all current architecture students. Since these scholarships vary from year to year we cannot provide a current list, however a list from the previous year is available on our website here.