Roadblocks, eliminated.

​​​We ensure that cost does not stand in the way
of your opportunity to benefit from a WashU education.

100 percent of admitted students have financial need fully covered.

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Financial Aid
Undergraduate Tuition + Fees

Financial Aid

Washington University has a long tradition of working individually with the families of our students. We feel strongly that cost should never be a barrier to a great education. Our Student Financial Services office will customize a financial assistance award that ensures cost does not stand in the way of making a Washington University education a reality. We are committed to meeting 100 percent of the need for admitted students.

Application Instructions and Deadlines
Need-Based Financial Assistance

The components included in a need-based financial aid award based on financial need are specific to each family’s financial circumstances and work together to make enrollment a reality. Students are generally eligible to receive financial assistance for eight semesters. For students admitted to combined-degree programs requiring more than four years of study, aid will be extended beyond eight semesters.

Students who receive financial assistance come from a wide variety of family income levels since many factors (such as household size, the number of children in the household attending college, the parents’ age, etc.) affect eligibility. All applicants are encouraged to apply for financial assistance.

Washington University has eliminated need-based loans as part of its undergraduate financial aid awards to students from low- and middle-income families. Entering first-year students and returning full-time undergraduate day-school students with parental incomes of less than $75,000 annually are not awarded need-based loans and instead receive grants from the university that will not have to be repaid.

information for parents

Washington University is a leader in creating innovative, flexible payment plans. Programs range from monthly tuition installments to low-interest loans, and are designed to help parents manage the cost of their child’s college education.

Washington University’s PEP Program is among the best parent financing programs in the country. PEP — Partners in Education with Parents — features low interest rates, low monthly repayment terms, and the chance to freeze up to four years of charges at the entering-year rate.

Our interest-free Installment Payment Plan allows families to spread each semester's tuition, fees, room, and board charges over 5 equal monthly payments. An annual administration fee is required with each semester plan.

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First-year Student Merit Scholarship Programs

Washington University is committed to helping talented students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise. Our merit scholarship programs offer financial assistance based primarily on academic achievement.

Division-Based Merit Scholarships

Merit scholarships, offered by each academic division, do not require a separate application process. Once you complete the supplemental question, part of the Common Application and the Coalition Application, you will be considered for the appropriate scholarship for the division to which you are applying. As you write your supplemental essay, you should keep in mind that it will be used by the scholarship committees to select awardees. Therefore, you may wish to craft your response within an academic framework.

Premier Scholars Programs

The University’s premier merit-based scholars programs, housed within the Office of Scholar Programs (OSP), bring together members from each of the academic divisions to create a unique academic and cultural community in which to share, learn, challenge, make friends, and exchange views and ideas about what is possible in a global environment. You may apply to any or all of these programs through individual applications available on the WashU Pathway after you submit your application for admission.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Undergraduate Tuition & Fees, 2018-2019

Please do not hesitate to apply based on our printed costs. We feel strongly that cost should never be a barrier to a great education. If you don't apply, you won't have the chance to see how our financial assistance and scholarship programs can help you and your family. We are committed to meeting 100 percent of the need for admitted students.

  • Tuition: $52,400
  • Student Activity Fee: $524
  • Student Health and Wellness Fee: $475
  • Average University Room and Board*: $16,440
  • Total Charges (including room and board): $69,839

*Room and board rates depend on the room and meal plan selected. The rate shown is for a double room in a modern residence hall and the Silver meal plan.

Additional costs for books and supplies vary with the course of study. Some programs may require the purchase of specific computer equipment. Additional expenses not billed by the university vary by student.

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​Cost Should Never be a Barrier to a Strong Education​​

Explore what makes our community so speciallearn about our programs and resources, visit our campus, and engage with our students. If you feel WashU is a place for you, we encourage you to apply. A WashU experience is not out of reach.

If you are admitted, we will work closely with you to meet your financial need. We provide scholarshipsnot loansto students with limited financial resources so they can graduate debt-free and ready to take on the world. Call Student Financial Services today at (888) 547-6670 or (314) 935-5900.

Washington University in St. Louis is an NCAA Division III member institution. As such, the University is bound by NCAA rules, which prohibit any Division III institution from considering athletics leadership, ability, participation, or performance in making scholarship or financial aid award decisions to any student.

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Financial Aid News 

As part of WashU’s commitment to access and meeting 100 percent of demonstrated need for all admitted students, we will now make it more affordable for low income students to apply.

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You are our priority.

Regardless of your background, we offer the support you need to take advantage of a wide range of grants and scholarships programs.

  • 100%
    Admitted students with financial need fully covered
  • Each family is assigned a financial assistance counselor
  • 125+
    academic scholarship & fellowship programs ranging from partial- to full-tuition
  • Scholarships are renewable for four years

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