Undergraduate Admissions

Tuition (2020-2021)

 Per CreditQuarterlyFall-Spring Annual
Full-Time (12 to 20 credits)   $15,855 $47,565
Part Time (1 to 11 credits) $1057    
Summer 2020 $793    
Auditors $235    

Budget for full-time student (3 quarters per year, 2020-2021)

 On-CampusLiving with Parents/Relatives
Tuition (12-20 credits) $47,565 $47,565
Room and Board $12,780 $4,050
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,200
Personal $2,400 $2,400
Transportation $1,200 $1,200
Technology Fee $525 $525
Recreation Fee $300 $300
Total Expenses $5,625 $5,625
Total Cost of Attendance $65,970 $57,240

Understanding types of financial aid

Several different types of financial aid can make up a financial aid package. Some aid is need-based; some aid is based on achievement. Some aid needs to be repaid and some aid 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 College 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 Loans, 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 coursework 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!

Please note the Net Price Calculator is based on 2020- 2021 merit awards and need-based aid estimates. This tool is meant to be used to help approximate financial aid options for students and cannot be used as a guarantee.

Freshmen Net Price Calculator

Please note the Transfer Net Price Calculator will be available in March.

Merit Awards for Freshmen

Freshmen and transfer students who complete an admissions application to Seattle University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years and are based on the information in the admissions application, not family finances. Scholarships awarded at the time of admission are not eligible for adjustments. And we guarantee that any amount you receive as an institutional gift will remain constant for all four years you’re eligible at SU.

Admitted freshmen required 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.

2020-21 Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

Transfer students who complete an admissions application to Seattle University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years and are based on the information in the admissions application, not family finances. And we guarantee that any amount you receive as an institutional gift will remain constant for all four years you’re eligible at SU.

Grade Forgiveness for Merit Scholarship Consideration

Transfer applicants with college coursework completed seven or more years prior to their applying to Seattle University will automatically be considered for grade forgiveness if the GPA is significantly lower than more recent coursework.

Applicants with coursework completed less than seven years prior to enrollment, but greater than three years, may request a review for grade forgiveness. Applicants must submit a written explanation of their previous academic performance, what changed that helped them achieve greater academic success and how this insight has prepared them to be academically successful at Seattle University.  Decisions are made at the discretion of the Associate Director of Transfer Admissions.

How much does it cost to attend Seattle University?

Please see the costs 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 the federal methodology to determine a family's expected contribution. If using this methodology for college does not provide a family with 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 2018-19 average undergraduate budget for a student living on campus is $61,608 for the nine-month academic year. This includes full-time tuition, room and board, and an allowance for books, 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.