Education can be expensive,
but WashU has you covered

We meet 100 percent of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. Financial assistance offers range up to the full cost of attendance, including no-loan packages for families with an annual income of $75,000 or less.

WashU is need blind

Washington University has announced the Gateway to Success Initiative, a $1 Billion additional financial aid commitment from the university that allows us to be immediately and forever “need blind” in our admission process for first-year domestic applicants. WashU will no longer consider an applicant’s ability to pay when making admissions decisions. Additionally, WashU continues to guarantee to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all students admitted to the university. So, whether a student needs a small amount of assistance or the total cost of attendance, they will be considered for admission based on their abilities, not on their ability to pay. 

Personalized assistance

Starting from day one, your dedicated financial assistance counselor will get to know you and your family. We will work with you, individually, to understand your personal financial situation.


Don’t let cost stop you from applying

Student Financial Services wants to ensure cost does not stand in the way of making your WashU education a reality. We offer tools that will take your family’s financial contribution, along with WashU’s financial assistance and scholarships, to give you a financial estimate for your undergraduate years.

Cost of AttendanceCost Calculators

Academic scholarships

For students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise—you will be automatically considered for academic scholarships based on your application for admission.

Signature Scholar Programs

Housed within the Office of Scholar Programs, WashU’s Signature Scholar Programs bring together students of all academic divisions to create a unique academic and cultural community.

Financial Assistance & Scholarships Webinar

In this webinar for prospective first-year students and their families, we share more information about our commitment to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for all students, as well as our merit-based divisional scholarships and our Signature Scholar Programs.


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Financing options

WashU’s creative payment plans and financing options help manage the cost of your education. Whether you choose our Partners in Education with Parents, one of the best financing programs in the county, or one of our flexible installment payment plans—WashU is here to make sure cost is not a barrier to education.

Financing options