Scholarships & Financial Aid

We encourage parents and students to keep their options open, to continue learning about Washington University, to visit campus, and to make the decision to apply for admission based on what we offer inside and outside the classrooms, labs, studios, libraries and residential colleges.

Three things to know about financial assistance at Washington University:

  • We provide scholarships—not loans—to students from low-income families, so they can graduate debt-free and ready to take on the world.
  • We are committed to meeting 100 percent of the need for admitted students.
  • Contact Student Financial Services so they can work with you and your family to help you realize your dreams: (888) 547-6670.

Financial Aid

We feel strongly that cost should never be a barrier to a great education. Washington University has a long tradition of working individually with the families of our students to customize a financial assistance award that ensures cost does not stand in the way of making a WashU education a reality.

Students who receive financial assistance come from a broad range of economic backgrounds.

Learn more about financial aid and the application process.


Washington University is committed to helping talented students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise.

Our academic scholarship and fellowship programs offer financial aid based solely on academic achievement. Each scholarship or fellowship has a slightly different application procedure. All require each candidate to submit an application for freshman admission to WashU.

Students who apply under Washington University’s binding early decision plan may apply for any scholarship matching their academic and extracurricular achievements. Academic scholarships, however, are not awarded until after the early decision commitment date.

Learn more about academic scholarship and fellowship programs.

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.