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Expanding Financial Support for Students in Need

Written by Tara Lee

October 31, 2023

Campus shot on a spring day

Latest step to improve access and ensure diversity follows in the wake of Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

As the most economically diverse university in Washington, Seattle University continues to expand support and access for first-generation students and those with demonstrated financial need.

These principles have always guided Seattle University and are even more important following the June 2023 U.S. Supreme Court decision ending affirmative action.

“In line with our Jesuit values, we will continue to use every tool consistent with the law to create and sustain a diverse, excellent and inclusive community,” says President Eduardo Peñalver. “To that end, Seattle University is expanding our focus on student financial aid and, specifically, to reducing the unmet need of the students we enroll.”  

Starting next fall, approximately 120 students per year from low-income families and diverse backgrounds will have their full cost of attendance covered for four years. This will include students receiving the SU Bound and Costco scholarships. Currently, Costco Scholars receive a $12,000 scholarship that is renewed each year for four years. SU Bound scholars receive coverage up to the cost of tuition.

Seattle University will also provide scholarships to students from Catholic secondary schools worldwide. 

The expanded scholarships will be part of the reimagined Sullivan Scholars program. The Sullivan Leadership Award was established in 1988 in recognition of the late William J. Sullivan, S.J., longtime SU president, for his dedication, leadership and service to the Jesuit institution and community. The current cohort of Sullivan Scholars started in Fall 2023 and their full costs are covered for four years of study.