Financial Aid, Work Study, and Scholarships

Financial Aid

Financial aid for graduate students is primarily limited to student loans, scholarships, and work study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis. Students are encouraged to apply for aid as soon as possible on or after October 1 for the upcoming academic year even before they know their admission status. For summer financial aid, students must also complete a WWU Financial Aid Summer Application.

Some types of scholarships and waivers may be awarded based on financial need as determined by the FAFSA. You may want to file the FAFSA even if you don't plan to take out student loans.

Financial Aid Office

Student Employment

Graduate students who file the FAFSA may qualify for work study positions as graduate research assistants. Graduate students without work study or teaching assistantships may find other types of employment on campus. Students are limited to 19 hours of work per week and must maintain at least half time enrollment status. Teaching Assistantships have additional requirements.

Student Employment Center


Graduate students may be eligible for scholarships. See the WWU Scholarship Center for assistance.