Financial Aid

All NCS programs, including certificate programs, are eligible for federal financial aid and veterans benefits for qualifying students. Financial aid is not available for students taking fewer than 6 credits. New students must be admitted to the university and have completed the FAFSA (including any additional information requested by SU) before a financial aid award letter can be prepared. Students may apply for financial assistance year-round; however, we suggest you file by the dates below to be assured that your financial aid will be available by the beginning of the term:

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • Winter: November 1
  • Spring: February 1

To determine your financial aid eligibility, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. To ensure that your FAFSA is sent to Seattle U, indicate our school code (003790) on the FAFSA. If the first quarter you will attend is summer, then there is an additional step. Please read the “Summer Quarter Aid” section below.
  3. Submit your FAFSA
  4. Fill in an application and be sure to include your social security number where requested

Continuing Students

Students must file a FAFSA each year they want to be considered for financial aid eligibility. A new FAFSA is available each year on October 1st. Continuing students must also complete the Enrollment Status Form (ESF) by February 15th each year that financial aid is desired. The ESF is used to disburse aid appropriately for each term of anticipated enrollment. To be considered on time for priority awarding and a timely award letter, students must complete their FAFSA by the February 15th deadline each year.

Federal regulations require that all students who receive financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress and be working toward an eligible degree or certificate. A failing grade, dropping, withdrawing or hardship withdrawing from classes, or receiving “N” grades may affect students’ eligibility for financial aid.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek financial aid counseling immediately if concerned about their academic progress and the potential impact on their financial aid.

Please note: if you plan to take classes in the summer and wish to be considered for summer financial aid, please read the information in “Summer Quarter Aid” section below.


Summer Quarter Aid

For summer session financial aid consideration, students must complete the FAFSA form for the upcoming year because summer is the first term of each financial aid award year. They must also submit an SU summer aid application electronically by logging on to SUOnline and selecting “Summer Financial Aid Application” in the “Financial Information” section of the main student menu. The summer aid application becomes available when summer registration opens during the previous spring quarter.  Students should complete and submit the summer aid application as soon as summer registration has been completed.

Seattle University does not typically offer financial aid to undergraduate students for Summer Session if they will also attend the subsequent fall, winter, and spring quarters.  However, if a student’s available funding is sufficient to cover all four quarters (i.e. if a summer aid award does not reduce or jeopardize the amount of aid available to meet costs during fall, winter and spring quarters) summer aid may be awarded.


Additional Funding Opportunities

All NCS students receive a significant discount to the standard Seattle University tuition rate and, therefore, are ineligible for institutional aid.

Many employers offer tuition discounts or reimbursements to employees who are continuing their education. Check with your human resources office to see if your place of employment offers tuition assistance and if you qualify.

Washington State provides some additional funding opportunities to students. You are encouraged to reach out to these organizations and find out whether you can take advantage of the support they offer.



Washington State Career Bridge

This site provides Washington state residents with information about career and education planning including many regional vocational programs. Click here to learn more about Career Bridge.


AAUW Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Click here to learn more about AAUW Grants.


Washboard Scholarships

The Washboard connects Washington state students to scholarship opportunities for all sorts of education funding. Click here to learn more about The Washboard.


Additional Financial Aid Information


Learn more about Financial Aid at Seattle University. (Please note: not all the information on the linked page is relevant to students at the School of New & Continuing Studies.)