Undergraduate Admissions

Paying for College

At Seattle University, nearly 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Last year, Seattle University awarded more than $69 million in scholarships, grants, loans, and employment aid to undergraduates—including $26 million from the university's own funds. Some financial aid is purely need-based. Generous scholarships are also available to recognize and support strong academic and extra curricular achievement, regardless of financial need.

Determining your eligibility for financial aid is easy—just apply. You can get an application from our Student Financial Services office, your high school or college counselor, or online using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Student Financial Services office can also help with information about grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs on- and off-campus.

Our guarantee to you and your family

We know it’s essential for you and your family to know the resources will be there to finish your education—not just for one year but for all for four years. That’s why we offer you a guarantee.

When a financial aid offer is made to an incoming student, the amount of institutional gift aid--scholarships and grants-- remains constant for all four years. The amount that is guaranteed is subject to a student’s continuous enrollment at Seattle University, verification of a student's application data and compliance with the university's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (i.e. completion of a minimum number of credits each year with a minimum grade point average).

Apply for financial aid. We know you’re making a significant investment in your education. We’re ready to make a significant investment in you.



Budget for full-time student (3 quarters per year)

  On-Campus Living with Parents/Relatives
Tuition (12-20 credits) $43,785 $43,785
Room and Board  $12,288   $4,050
   Books and supplies $1,200 $1,200
   Personal $2,340 $2,340
   Transportation $1,170 $1,170
   Technology Fee $525 $525
   Recreation Fee $300 $300
Total Expenses $5,535 $5,535

Total Cost of Attendance




Tuition (2018-2019) 

  Per Credit Quarterly Fall-Spring Annual
Full-Time (12 to 20 credits)   $14,595 $43,785
Part Time (1 - 11 credits) $973    
Summer 2018 $730    
Auditors $235    

Deposit Fees 

Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable) $200*
Housing Deposit $300**

* The Enrollment Deposit is a confirmation of Fall Quarter intended enrollment and is non-refundable. It will be applied to the tuition charges for your first quarter of attendance. Contact the Admissions Office for waiver information. (Enrollment deposits are waived for students beginning in Winter, Spring and Summer quarters)

** The Housing Deposit is required of all students planning to live on campus (required for first and second year students, unless living at home with a parent or guardian). Housing deposits are refundable through August 1st.

For more detailed cost information, please visit the Student Financial Services Costs website. 




Understanding types of financial aid

Several different types of financial aid can make up a financial aid package. Some is need-based; some is based on achievement. Some aid needs to be repaid and some does not. Earning money through work study may be part of paying for school, in addition to gaining valuable work experience. We will help you navigate the types of financial aid. Our team at Student Financial Services is ready to help.


Grants are gift aid which you do not need to repay. Seattle University is pleased to award the following grants:

  • The Federal Pell Grant
  • The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • The Washington State Need Grant 
  • Seattle University Grants

Seattle University students participating in Army, Air Force, or Navy ROTC may receive ROTC grants.


Student loans are generally interest free while you are in school, and low interest during the repayment period. Payments may be deferred or forgiven based on certain conditions set by the federal government. Student loans must be repaid. In general, however, the terms are far more favorable than commercially available loans.

There are a number of loans available through the Student Financial Services Office at Seattle University. These include Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins, Federal Nursing Loan, Federal Direct PLUS loan for Parents, Federal Direct PLUS loan for graduate students, and Alaska Loan.  Student Financial Services can also certify Private Educational Loans for borrowers including some that can pay Past Due Accounts.

Work study

Our work-study programs offer you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning money for college. Students are able to enhance their current course work as well as their future profession by integrating classroom learning with real-world work experience. Because Seattle-area employers are eager to participate in the program, there are usually more work-study jobs available than there are students to fill them.

Undergraduate students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the university priority deadline, February 1st (or within 30 days of admission if admitted after January 1) are considered for institutional gift aid in addition to federal and state funding. So don’t wait; apply today!


The Net Price Calculators are designed to help you estimate your financial aid options for Seattle University. Please be sure to complete the entire process to ensure the best possible results, and note that the tool demonstrates possible aid for domestic students only. International students should contact the Admissions Office for information regarding merit-based aid options.

Freshman Net Price Calculator

Please note the Net Price Calculator is based on 2016 - 2017 merit awards and need-based aid estimates. This tool is meant to be used to help approximate financial aid options for domestic students and cannot be used as a guarantee.


Please note the Net Price Calculator is based on 2015 - 2016 merit awards and need-based aid estimates. This tool is meant to be used to help approximate financial aid options and cannot be used as a guarantee.


As part of our commitment to making college affordable for you and your family, Seattle University has set aside significant resources to provide scholarship opportunities that recognize your academic accomplishments. You've invested time and energy in ensuring your own success; now we want to invest in you.

Click here for Freshmen Scholarship Information

Click here for Transfer Scholarship Information


2018-19 Merit Awards for Freshmen

New full-time Seattle University freshman applicants will be considered for one of the following awards at the time of their admission. Freshman admits required to complete the English Language and Culture Bridge (ELCB) program to meet English Proficiency requirements are not eligible for merit awards.  Scholarship recipients must meet all university requirements for regular admission to the fall, winter or spring quarter. Students may qualify for additional need-based aid, as determined by the FAFSA.

Academic ScholarshipsAmount
Trustee Scholarship $24,000* per academic year
Campion Scholarship $22,000* per academic year
Bellarmine Scholarship $20,000* per academic year
Arrupe Scholarship $12,000* per academic year

*Amounts are renewable for up to four years (i.e.,$22,000 = $88,000 over 4 academic years) for students who maintain satisfactory academic progress which includes continuous full-time enrollment with the required GPA and completion of the required number of credits annually.

Sullivan Leadership Award

The Sullivan Leadership Award is a full scholarship that covers tuition, room and board for each of four years of undergraduate study at Seattle University and is awarded to nine incoming freshmen each year. For more information, please click here.

Fostering Scholars  

Fostering Scholars is a full scholarship and program of support awarded to eligible students currently in or who aged-out of the foster care system. Recipients receive financial, academic, and personal support towards the completion of an undergraduate degree at Seattle University. For more information, please click here.

RaiseMe Micro-Scholarships

Seattle University has partnered with RaiseMe to increase college accessibility and scholarship transparency. Starting as early as 9th grade, RaiseMe enables students to earn scholarships throughout high school by hitting the goals that best prepare them to succeed. 

As noted on the Seattle University RaiseMe profile, micro-scholarships earned through RaiseMe represent a minimum amount of scholarship and grant aid a student will receive from Seattle University if they apply, are admitted, and enroll. Students may be eligible for more aid based on their formal application for admission and financial aid forms. If a student receive a higher amount of scholarship and grant aid in their final award letter from Seattle University, note that this includes the amount you earned on RaiseMe and is not in addition to your earnings on RaiseMe.

For example, if you've earned $3,000 from Seattle University on RaiseMe, your $3,000 represents the minimum amount of scholarship and grant aid you will receive if you apply, are admitted, and enroll. If upon acceptance to Seattle University, you receive a larger financial aid package of $4,000, it's important to understand that the $3,000 you earned on RaiseMe is included in the final $4,000 award you received and is not in addition to your earnings on RaiseMe.

2018-19 Merit Scholarships for Transfers 

A new full-time transfer who has at least 36 transferable credit hours after high school graduation will be considered for one of the following transfer awards based on GPA prior to enrollment at Seattle University. Both domestic and international students are eligible for consideration. There is no separate application to apply for merit scholarships.  Transfer admits required to complete the English Language & Culture Bridge (ELCB) Program to meet English Proficiency requirements are not eligible for merit awards. Please note that post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for merit scholarships.

Transfer ScholarshipsAmountQualifications
Messina Scholarship $17,000 per academic year 3.75 - 4.0 cumulative transfer GPA.
Xavier Scholarship $14,000 per academic year 3.5 - 3.74 cumulative transfer GPA.
Loyola Scholarship  $11,000 per academic year 3.25 - 3.49 cumulative transfer GPA.
Hurtado Scholarship  $7,000 per academic year 3.0 - 3.24 cumulative transfer GPA.


Amounts are renewable for the number of years remaining to expected degree completion based on the class standing assigned by the Office of the Registrar upon admission.  For instance, students admitted as juniors will receive the awarded scholarship for two years (fall, winter and spring quarters). Additionally students must maintain satisfactory academic progress which includes continuous full-time enrollment with the required GPA and completion of the required number of credits annually.

Freshman transfer applicants who apply for the winter quarter following their graduation from high school, have provided SAT or ACT scores and a high school transcript, and have a college record that cannot be discerned on a transcript because it is in progress will be considered for the freshman merit awards.

Alfie Scholars

The Alfie Scholars Program was created to make the dream of attaining a bachelor’s degree a reality for transfer students from two-year colleges. The program provides the following:

  • $10,000 annual scholarship to Seattle University
  • Academic support programming that prepares students for the increased academic rigor of a four-year university
  • Opportunities for creating mutually reinforcing relationships
  • Customized curriculum to develop leadership skills
  • Preparation to become leaders to foster civility in their professions

For more information about the Alfie Scholars program and how to apply, please visit www.alfiescholars.org.

Fostering Scholars

Fostering Scholars is a full scholarship and program of support awarded to eligible students currently in or who aged-out of the foster care system. Recipients receive financial, academic, and personal support towards the completion of an undergraduate degree at Seattle University. For more information, please click here.

How much does it cost to attend Seattle University?

Please see the tuition and fees page for more information.

How do I apply?

Our goal is to try to keep these processes as simple as possible. Students seeking financial aid can complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1st the year prior to enrollment. Indicate on the FAFSA that you want the results sent to Seattle University, School Code 003790, for the following academic year. The academic year begins with summer and ends with spring.

The processor will send us this information only if you use this code. Please print clearly. To maximize your financial aid opportunities, be certain your FAFSA is received by the processor no later than February 1 and your completed application by Admissions no later than January 15.

Do I have to be admitted before I can apply?

Students are encouraged to apply early. Do not wait until you are admitted. Complete the FAFSA right away.

What determines how much I'll be offered and whether I get loans, grants, or work-study?

The amount of your award is determined by the amount of your financial need and available funding. The greater your need, the more aid we can offer you. The kind of aid you are awarded depends on your eligibility for the various aid programs. Each program has its own requirements. Most students are offered a combination of gift assistance (grants and scholarships that don't have to be repaid) and self-help aid (loans and/or work-study opportunities).

What is financial need?

In general, need is defined as the difference between the amount it costs you to attend college for one year and the amount you and your family can afford to pay according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Costs vary from college to college, but for the most part your ability to contribute is the same no matter where you apply. You might be eligible for financial aid from Seattle University even if you are not eligible at other colleges.

Seattle University uses federal methodology to determine a family's expected contribution. If using this methodology for college does not provide a family enough assistance, students may submit letters explaining extenuating financial circumstances, after they have received their initial award letters.

All students are awarded assistance based on the data they provide on the FAFSA. Special circumstances are reviewed after all students have received financial aid offers.

How can I buy books or pay for housing?

The expenses for books and housing are included in the calculation as part of your costs, as is a moderate allowance for personal expenses like clothing and health insurance. The 2016-17 average undergraduate budget for a student living on campus is $58,434 for the nine-month academic year, including full-time tuition and an allowance for books, housing, meals, transportation, and personal expenses. These figures are re-examined and adjusted each year for inflation and other factors. Students with extra expenses (such as unusual medical or day-care costs) can have their budgets adjusted to include these expenses as well. 

What if I'm not eligible for aid, but I still need help with college expenses?

The Student Financial Services Office posts employment opportunities for students choosing to work part-time. The PLUS and unsubsidized loan programs are available and are not based on need.

Remember: don't decide ahead of time that we can't help. File a FAFSA. You may be pleasantly surprised by what is available to you.