Graduate Admissions


  • Your education is perhaps the only asset you will ever have which is guaranteed never to decrease in value. We are accustomed to extended payments for valuable expenditures—such as a home or automobile. Student loans allow you that same flexibility.

    Your ability to repay the loan is based on the reasonable assurance your future income with your graduate degree will make loan repayment more than manageable.

    Seattle University offers a wide range of loans to graduate students. Below is only a sample of what we offer. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information.

    Need-Based Loans

    Federal Direct Stafford Loan

    • Long-term, need-based loan.
    • Interest rate is 6.8%. Interest does not accrue until repayment begins.
    • Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 in a Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
    • Repayment begins six months after student ceases at least half-time enrollment.
    • Completed FAFSA required.



    Non-Need-Based Loans

    Graduate Plus Loans 

    • Loan and other aid may not exceed cost of attendance.
    • Interest accrues immediately but principal can be deferred.

    Private Educational Loans are available to student borrowers. The interest rate is variable. Interest accrues while you are in school. Repayment of the loan begins six months after you leave school or drop below half-time enrollment. Students may borrow annually up to the total cost of attendance, less financial aid.

    Most require the student to be a degree seeking student and registered for at least half-time study. However, some of the Continuing Education Loans can be used for less than part-time study and non-matriculated status. To find out more information about these types of loans and apply, please go to our Private Loan Lender List. You will be able to compare interest rates, fees and other incentives that lenders provide.

    Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information on other educational assistance.




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