Financial Aid

Graduate students must be enrolled at least part-time (three credits per quarter) to be considered for financial assistance; however for some scholarships, the student must be registered for at least 6 credits per quarter, excluding summer. There are three financial aid options available: student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. Seattle University financial aid is not available for international students; however international students may apply for SADL scholarships as well as Graduate Assistantships.

Application Process

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). This is your application for federal, state, and institutional funds. For further information, contact the Student Financial Services Office.  

Sport Administration & Leadership Scholarships

Sport Administration & Leadership offers scholarships credited each quarter directly to your student account. The scholarships are offered based on financial need, current and/or prospective academic achievement. In all cases, renewal is based on the specifics of the scholarships and satisfactory academic progress. All scholarships are financial resources and must be coordinated with other types of financial aid. You must notify the Financial Aid office of any scholarships you receive which do not appear on your original award letter and report whether the scholarships are renewable, so the office can automatically include it with your subsequent awards.

The deadline for application is March 15. Any applications received after that date will be considered contingent on availability of funds and acceptance into the MSAL program or the Certificate in Sport Sustainability. The total amount of scholarship assistance is limited and it is possible that no funds will be available at the time you apply. The scholarship is a one-year award. Returning students must reapply for the scholarship for their second year.


To be considered for a scholarship, you must fully admitted (without restrictions) to:

  • MSAL degree program and maintain a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework each quarter during the academic year and three (3) credits of coursework in summer.
  • SSL Certificate and maintain full time status.

Should your enrollment drop below these requirements, the scholarship will be reduced by a percent equal to the reduction in credits, charged against your student account, and any balance owed to the university will be your responsibility. In every instance, it is your responsibility to pay tuition no later than the published quarterly tuition due dates established by Seattle University.
You must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in your graduate coursework to receive and/or retain a scholarship.


For applications based on financial or merit need, file the online version of the  FAFSA (for U.S. citizens) or the Affidavit of Financial Support (for foreign residents) and complete the online SADL Scholarship Application

  • For incoming students, we also take into account the following from your application file:GPA, letters of recommendation and your personal essay.
  • For returning students, we take into account the following: GPA, faculty recommendations which are solicited by the scholarship selection committee, and any other unique contributions to the MSAL program or sport community.

Submission Process and Timeline

  • March 15: MSAL Scholarship Application Priority Deadline
  • April 1: MSAL Scholarship Award Notification
  • After April 1: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis dependent on the availability of funds.

Please complete the online SADL Scholarship Application.  If you have any questions, contact Rose Kaser at or (206) 398-4610 

General Scholarships

Marylou Wyse Award 

Limited need-based scholarships available to new students admitted to select programs for up to two years.
No separate application required if FAFSA submitted to Graduate School Financial Aid department.

  • Limited need-based scholarships available to new students admitted to select programs for up to two years.  
  • Students must complete the FAFSA.
  • Continuous enrollment of at least three credits per term, but a minimum of 12 credits per academic year, is expected to remain eligible for renewal of the graduate award.
  • Recipients receive up to $2,400 per academic year for a total of eight quarters if you remain in good standing. Total scholarship dollars cannot exceed $4,800
  • Awarded through the Graduate Admissions Office.  Separate application is not needed. 

External Scholarships

  • Seattle University resources include a national scholarship database program in the Career Development Center, and a listing of selected other external scholarships in the Student Financial Services Office.
  • The Internet offers numerous scholarship search opportunities and resources.
  • Libraries are excellent resource centers; however, frequently scholarship listing publications cannot be checked out so allow time to browse.
  • Check with your employer for scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities.

NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

The NCAA awards $7,500 to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of graduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or a career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics.

Click here for details, eligibility, application, and deadlines 
Contact: Lori Thomas | (317) 917-6683 |


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Contact Us

Maylon Hanold Ed.D.

Program Director
(206) 398.4663

Rose Kaser
Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Admissions