Our commitment

WashU will not let cost be a barrier to your education, and through the Gateway to Success we are now need blind. This means students will be considered for admission based on their abilities, not their ability to pay. We are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need so you can be 100% focused on chasing your dreams and realizing your ambitions. WashU supports several initiatives that provide students the resources they need to engage fully in academic and campus life.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Dec. 1

    • Transfer Student – Applications available
  • Dec. 17

    • Early Decision I – Admissions and Financial Aid decisions released by
  • Jan. 4

    • Early Decision I – Candidate reply date
    • Early Decision II – Application submitted and complete by
    • Regular Decision – Application submitted and complete by
    • Early Decision I – Scholarship applications complete by
    • Early Decision II – Scholarship applications complete by
    • Regular Decision – Scholarship applications complete 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.

  • Ciera Field Portrait

    Tips from a Counselor

    Ciera Field

    Assistant Director, Student & Family Engagement

    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.

  • Vicki Mueller Portrait

    Tips from a Counselor

    Vicki Mueller

    Sr Assistant Director, Student & Family Engagement – Scholarships

    A Counselor on Duty (COD) is on call Monday through Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm CT 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 portrait

    Tips from a Counselor

    Ariel Brown

    Assistant Director, Student & Family Engagement

    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

  • Gateway to Success

    Washington University in St. Louis will make an unprecedented $1 billion investment in financial aid for students, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. This funding will allow the university to achieve its goal of adopting a need-blind undergraduate admissions policy, effective immediately.

  • American Talent Initiative

    WashU has renewed its commitment to the American Talent Initiative (ATI)’s Accelerating Opportunity campaign, a nationwide effort to graduate an additional 50,000 low- and moderate-income students from ATI member colleges and universities by 2025.