Our Commitment

Here are just some of the ways WashU makes it work for you financially:

  • Our average financial aid award is $65,000.
  • No-loan awards for all undergraduate students. This means financial aid awards won’t include loans!
  • We don’t consider home equity when determining financial aid awards.
  • We meet 100% of demonstrated financial need.
  • The WashU Pledge covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and food for all four years for qualifying students from Missouri and southern Illinois.

These initiatives are part of our commitment to ensuring all admitted students can obtain a world-class WashU education without going into debt.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Sep. 2

    • Transfer Student – Transfer application available
  • Oct. 1

    • Transfer Student – FAFSA available
    • Early Decision I – FAFSA available
    • Early Decision II – FAFSA available
    • Regular Decision – FAFSA available
  • Nov. 1

    • Early Decision I – Application submitted by
  • Mike Runiewicz Portrait

    Tips from a Counselor

    Mike Runiewicz

    Assistant Vice Provost & Director of Student Financial Services

    A lot of terms might be unfamiliar to you as you start looking into financial aid. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend you take a look at our Financial Aid Dictionary.

  • Tips from a Counselor

    Jennifer Powell

    Assistant Director, Student Financial Services

    We understand the financial aid process can be overwhelming and can differ at each school. I would encourage you to take a look at our most commonly asked questions to help you get a better understanding of how we award aid at WashU.

  • Professional portrait of Max McKee

    Tips from a Counselor

    Max McKee

    Assistant Director, Student Financial Services

    A Counselor on Duty (COD) is on call Monday through Friday to meet with prospective and current undergraduate students via Zoom. Log in when your personal counselor is on duty or any time during our on call hours to have someone answer your questions immediately.

  • Ariel Brown professional portrait

    Tips from a Counselor

    Ariel Brown

    Senior Assistant Director, Student Financial Services

    WashU offers Installment Payment Plans and Parent loan options to assist with covering tuition costs. View our quick video that explains the different options available in more detail.

“Financial aid was the most important factor that allowed me to come to WashU. The emphasis put on making a WashU education financially accessible shows a lot about the quality of this university. Student Financial Services is clear in their communication and accommodating with every request.”

John, Class of 2024


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We’re here to see you through

News & Announcements

  • Washington University adopts ‘no-loan’ financial aid policy

    As part of its sustained commitment to removing financial barriers for admitted undergraduate students, WashU will adopt a “no-loan” financial aid policy.

  • WashU is #1 for financial aid

    We’re proud to be ranked #1 for financial aid The Princeton Review! Access to quality education should be attainable for all, and our commitment to supporting our students’ dreams and aspirations goes beyond the classroom.