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Tuition and scholarships


The UW is committed to helping students from all economic backgrounds access world-class education. To help students fund college, the UW offers financial aid, scholarships and work-study programs.

Tuition rates are set annually by the University. For complete information on cost of attendance at UW Seattle, including cost of living, see academic year student budget provided by the Office of Student Financial Aid. More information on tuition charges and payments is provided by Student Fiscal Services. 

Additional detailed information about tuition and fees is provided by the Office of Planning & Budgeting.


962 scholarship awards were made to undergraduates and graduates totaling $3.7M in the 2019-20 academic year. Funds are awarded annually based on financial need and/or academic performance and are designed to be integrated into a student's total financial aid package.

See Scholarship application due dates below for details on which departments accept applications throughout the year.

Review your scholarship application status

If you've already applied, you may access your current application to review status, accept awards and upload thank-you letters.

Scholarship overview and timelines

Student requirements

  • UW-Seattle only 
  • Undergraduate

Scholarship awards are made by each of the ten engineering departments and by a central scholarship office in the College. The online scholarship application provides options to submit an application to a specific engineering department.

ENGRUD students

The central scholarship office in the College of Engineering makes a small number of awards to incoming first-year ENGRUD students. Selection is based on students' University admission application, and preference is given to students with financial need who are Washington state residents. No other application is required. Students will be notified in their UW admission materials from the Office of Admissions if selected. Most are 2 year awards, renewable as long as students maintain full-time enrollment and make satisfactory academic progress toward a major in the College of Engineering. Students will receive a renewal notification email to their UW email address in Spring Quarter, and they do not need to submit a scholarship application to have their award renewed.

Current ENGRUD students may be able to submit a scholarship application for the upcoming academic year to departments whose majors they plan to request placement into during the major placement process. Students can contact advising staff in those departments before applying to learn more about the availability of scholarships for students to receive in their sophomore year. Scholarship offers from a department will be contingent on placement into that department’s major. Departmental scholarships are generally prioritized for junior and senior students.

For more information on undergraduate scholarship opportunities, visit the UW Student Financial Aid website.

Entering transfer students

The following departments will consider applications from transfer applicants who have applied or are planning to apply for admission to the major: CEE, ECE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, and ME. All admitted transfer applicants who have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are also encouraged to submit a scholarship application to the College of Engineering during the August application time period.

Declared engineering majors

Students already admitted to an engineering department should submit an application to their department.  

Scholarship application due dates

Scholarship applications are accepted during these times:

Time Period Applications Accepted By...
April 1 – May 15 A&A*, BioE*, CEE, ECE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME
Applicants will be notified by June 30th.
April 1 - May 3
Applicants will be notified by June 30th.
August 1 – August 22 CSE, HCDE, ISE
Applicants will be notified by September 8.

Application Process

  1. Check your department deadlines and initiate the online application. A UW NetID is required. Be prepared to enter your UW email address, proposed major, extracurricular activities, work experience, and a personal statement. Note that all communication about scholarship awards are sent electronically to your UW email address, so be sure to check this regularly.
  2. Complete the application by the deadline. An email confirming receipt of the scholarship application is sent to the applicant. Within about one month of the application deadline, the scholarship administrator notifies students of their status by email.
  3. Accept or decline any awards you are offered by returning to the online application.
  4. Complete a student profile if you accept an award.
  5. Write a donor thank you letter. Log in to the application page to complete the letter. Note that funds will not be released without submission of the letter (if a letter is required).
  6. Keep in mind the CoE Scholar-Donor Recognition Luncheon in November. If the donors of your scholarship plan to attend, you will receive an email invitation in October to meet the individuals who are helping to make your education possible. (Please note: CSE and ME hold separate events at other times of year; if you are in either of those departments, the November date may not apply to you.)


  • A&A, BioE, CSE: Aeronautics & Astronautics, Bioengineering, and Computer Science & Engineering accept applications only from students currently in those respective departments.
  • You do not need to select a specific scholarship during the application process. Scholarship administrators match recipients to scholarships.
  • If you have questions about the process, please email

Renewing and resubmitting applications

If you are currently receiving a departmental scholarship and would like to be considered for renewal, please reapply for the scholarship. Students who received a College of Engineering scholarship upon admission to UW as an ENGRUD student do not need to reapply to have their scholarship renewed. 

If you would like to be considered for a new award, you should resubmit your application each time period that the department accepts applications.

Keep in mind

Financial need

The majority of scholarships offered by the College of Engineering have a financial need requirement. To be considered for most scholarship opportunities, be sure to submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application on time. Learn more at Student Financial Aid.

Writing your personal statement

Your personal statement is extremely important. Start working on it early, and use it to tell your story and demonstrate why a scholarship award would be important to you. Show evidence of leadership, community involvement, and/or service. Another important factor could be cultural and educational opportunities (or lack thereof), social and economic disadvantages that you may have had to overcome, and the ways in which these experiences affected you. Include your special interests and abilities, career plans, and future goals.

Letters of recommendation

Human Centered Design and Engineering is the only department requiring letters of recommendation. Choose professors, advisors, or program staff who know you well and can provide a knowledgeable assessment of your skills and aptitudes.

International students

International students who have been admitted to the UW are welcome to apply for scholarships. However, international students may not be eligible for some awards, as many scholarships have a financial need requirement (as determined by the FAFSA) and/or specify that the recipient must be a US resident or citizen. Additionally, most departments will only award students who are formally placed or admitted into their department.

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