All applicants should apply for aid

All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial aid regardless of family income level as many factors affect eligibility, such as household size, the number of children in the household attending college, the parents’ age, etc. Your financial aid award will be calculated based on subtracting your expected family contribution from the cost of attendance.

The components included in a need-based financial aid award are specific to each family’s financial circumstances and work together to make enrollment a reality.

Once released, your financial aid award will be posted in My FA Access, WashU’s online student financial aid portal. Your award could be made up of a combination of different types of aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and federal work study funds.

To qualify for financial aid, you must complete the application process.

Types of aid

Grants

Grants don’t have to be repaid. They are offered by the federal government, states governments, as well as private institutions.

Grants

Scholarships

Scholarships don’t have to be repaid. Many scholarships are based on academic and other achievements, rather than financial need.

Scholarships

Loans

Loans are money that you borrow and must be repaid with interest. Loans are offered by both the federal government and private institutions.

Loans

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study programs allow students to earn money at federally-funded part-time jobs on campus.

Federal Work-Study

WashU Affordability Initiatives

Recent initiatives are opening doors for under-resourced students, making a WashU degree a possibility.

WashU Affordability Initiatives

Aid renewal

Students are generally eligible to receive financial aid for eight semesters. For students admitted to combined-degree programs requiring more than four years of study, aid will be extended beyond eight semesters.