Transfer Scholarships

Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students

Transfer students who complete an admissions application to Seattle University are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, which typically start at $8,000. 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 the duration of your degree.


Alfie Scholars

The Alfie Scholars Program cultivates leaders for civility, provides financial support, and engenders academic excellence for underrepresented community college transfer students.

The Alfie Scholars Program offers a scholarship and special programing for underrepresented community college transfer students with the desire to become civility leaders who effect positive social change. In addition to the $30,000 scholarship, distributed over two years, the Alfie Scholars Program provides civility leadership training, intensive summer programing, and individual advising to help its scholars

  • form a deep familial bond with their cohort members and create meaningful relationships with the faculty, the staff, and the university community;
  • engage in personal growth, self-empowerment, and development of purpose as they begin to actualize the unique contributions they will make to society; and
  • learn to present their ideas effectively in professional contexts and strengthen their communication, leadership, and civility skills.

For more information about the Alfie Scholars program and how to apply, please visit

Seattle U Promise

Seattle University aspires to be the preferred transfer destination for Seattle Promise students. As such, any Seattle Promise student completing their DTA or AS-T with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA is guaranteed admission to Seattle U.  

Additionally, admitted Seattle Promise students enrolled in the Washington State College Bound Scholarship program that complete a DTA or AS-T with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible to receive full tuition awards to Seattle University. Additional information can be found on the Seattle U Promise page.

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, visit the Fostering Scholars website.

Financial Aid for Transfer Students

Financial assistance is available to finance your college costs.

A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed for EACH YEAR a student wants to be considered for financial aid eligibility. A new FAFSA is available each year on October 1st and asks for financial data from two years ago.

Complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) and find out what you may be eligible for. Priority deadline is February 1st; students who file the WASFA after that date may still be considered based on available funding.

  • Noncitizen students are also encouraged to seek funding from outside scholarship sources like non-profit organizations, individuals, government agencies, foundations, and more. Please see the list below for some of the many scholarships websites students can search on here.

1-on-1 appointments are available in case students have specific questions, need guidance or support, or are interested in going over their financial aid award with a financial aid counselor.

Looking for some extra funding? Interested in learning more about scholarships but don't know where to start? Our Student Persistence Office offers support here.

There are also numerous outside scholarships available from a variety of sources. Students are encouraged to apply locally and nationally for scholarships. Check out our Exploring Outside Scholarships guide here: Outside Scholarships


of Undergrad Students Receive Financial Aid