UW Tacoma Scholarships

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The University of Washington Tacoma offers a variety of scholarships for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need, many are a combination of both need and merit. Students who wish to demonstrate financial need must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 15.

Most scholarships are offered to begin in the autumn quarter and have deadlines about six months before the autumn quarter. Start your search early, at least 12 months prior to needing the funds. You do not need to wait until you are admitted to apply for most scholarships.
 

Federal and State 

Grants are federal, state and institutional funds awarded on the basis of need, which do not have to be repaid. Most grant programs are from limited annual allocations and award priority is determined by financial need.

If you are attending from another state, be sure and check with your home state regarding the availability of state grants.

Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students. This is the largest federal student grant program. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Your award amount is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) printed on the Student Aid Report (SAR), the form mailed or e-mailed directly to you after you sent your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Grants are for undergraduates with low family contributions, eligible for the Pell Grant.

Washington College Grants, which come from state government revenue, are offered to undergraduate Washington residents with great financial need. Eligibility is determined using a methodology established by the state and administered by the Washington State Achievement Council (WSAC).  Please visit WSAC’s web page for information on program rules and eligibility formulas.  Please note, that in addition to satisfactory academic progress rules, students can receive no more than 15 full-time quarters of WCG in their lifetime.

If you are attending from another state, be sure and check with your home state regarding the availability of state grants.
 

University Grants

Tuition Exemption and University Grants are for Washington resident undergraduate students in state-funded programs. These grants are not available to students in fee-based programs. Keep in mind to receive University Grants students must be enrolled full-time (12 credits) each quarter. 

 

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides federal grants for students who teach as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, this grant converts to an unsubsidized loan you must repay. If you are in a major that leads directly to an initial teaching certificate and are interested in this program, please visit the Teach Grant site to review the details of this program.

 


Scholarship Opportunities

 

Scholarships Open to all students

Scholarships for Freshmen only

  • Incoming Freshman Merit Scholarship: All legal residents of Washington state with an application for autumn quarter admission received by January 15 are automatically considered for this scholarship; no additional materials are necessary. This scholarship is based on a combination of need and merit, other factors may also be considered. Scholarship amounts vary based on funding allocations received year-to-year.
  • Great Futures Scholarship In partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.
  • ACCESS in STEM Scholarship
     

 

Scholarships for Transfer Students only

Transfer Priority Scholarship: All legal residents of Washington state with an application for autumn quarter admission received by March 15 are automatically considered for this scholarship; no additional materials are necessary. This scholarship is based on a combination of need and merit, other factors may also be considered. Scholarship amounts vary based on funding allocations received year-to-year.

 

 

Scholarships for Students with Developmental Disabilities
                                                     

  • Simon Endowment Scholarship: The Simon Family endowed scholarships have the following preferences in place to guide students and staff in determining individual eligibility:
    • Students must present documentation to demonstrate a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or a developmental disability
    • ​Students must be living in the South Puget Sound region
    • ​Both undergraduate and graduate students may apply

​For more information on the Simon Scholarship eligibility requirements visit their page: Simon Endowment Scholarship


 

Program-specific scholarships

The eligibility requirements for these scholarships, including residency, may vary. Please contact the respective unit for additional information. If your academic department is not listed, please check with that department directly for scholarship information.


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