Tuition, fees & financial aid

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Cost of education

The cost of a student’s education at the University varies with individual circumstances. The amount charged for tuition and fees is set by the state and is indexed to the cost of instruction. Since inflation increases costs generally, the tuition and fee rates also increase each year. Consequently, accurate tuition charges for future quarters cannot be provided here. Since University costs are supported by state taxes, the rates charged to students who are not residents of Washington State are higher than the rates for residents.

The Office of Student Financial Aid estimates the amount of money that students in different family situations need to meet living expenses and to pay for school. They are based on surveys of students’ costs, comparisons with other schools, input from housing and transportation agencies, and they reflect cost-of-living changes. They cover modest but adequate costs for most students attending this University. The figures listed below are the costs of attending the University of Washington for one academic year (a nine-month period: autumn, winter, and spring quarters).

Annual Student Budgets 2023-2024

Lives away from homeLives with parentsNon-Traditional UndergraduateGraduate Students (Commuter)Graduate Students (Traditional)
Resident Tuition$12,561$12,561$12,561$18,993^^$18,993^^
Books and Supplies$900$900$900$825$825
Room and Board$17,115$5,061$21,438$5,061$21,438
Personal Expenses$2,574*$2,574*$2,574*$3,129*$3,129*
New Student Fee**$370**$370**$370**
Resident Total$35,122$23,068$39,445$29,310$45,987

**First quarter only for newly admitted undergraduate students. *Figure includes $66 annual loan fees. ^^Figure shown is Graduate Tier II programs. Tuition and rates table.

  • Traditional: All single, undergraduate students without dependents (spouse or children) who are living away from parent’s home; undergraduate married students without children whose spouses are also students.
  • Non-Traditional: All graduate/professional students; undergraduates who have children; married undergraduates whose spouses are not also enrolled. Registered same-sex domestic partners may request consideration for additional living costs and will need to provide information about their partners’ financial resources when they make the request.

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Tuition & fees

Figures presented here are for annual full-time enrollment, i.e., 10-18 credits per quarter for undergraduate students, 7-18 credits for graduate students; however, for purposes of financial aid eligibility, full-time is defined as 12 or more credits for undergraduate students and 10 credits for graduate students.

*The information in the table below is subject to change. These are just some of the tuition rates charged at the University of Washington Bothell. Please review the tuition and fees webpages for more information about tuition rates. Students enrolled in Fee Based Programs should check with their program office for details about course fees or program fees.

2023-2024 Tuition Rates (Annual)ResidentNon-Resident
Graduate Tier I$18,549$32,427
Graduate Tier II$18,993$33,096
Graduate Nursing Incoming$18,678$32,529
Graduate Nursing Continuing$18,249$31,761
Business Masters’ Programs Incoming$26,472$32,928
Business Masters’ Programs Continuing$25,974$32,304

Tuition quarterly due date

Tuition is due quarterly by Friday of the third week of the quarter.

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Fee-based programs

For fee-based degree programs offered through UW Bothell, the tuition rate is charged per credit at a different rate than listed in the Catalog and registration is administered through a partnership with UW Professional Continuing Education. Prospective and current students should contact the program advisor for details.

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Enrollment confirmation deposit

All new students, and students continuing in a new classification, are required to confirm their intention to enroll by paying a non-refundable Enrollment Confirmation deposit. The Enrollment Confirmation deposit is $100 for undergraduate students and $250 for graduate students and is not required of students admitted Summer Quarter. The fee is applied toward tuition and fees assessed for the quarter in which the student is determined to be admitted, and subsequently enrolls. Students submitting a fee for a given quarter, but who fail to register in that quarter, are not entitled to a refund.

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New student enrollment & orientation fee

The NSEOF is a mandatory, one-time fee for $370 that all entering undergraduates pay to fund services received as a new student at the UW Bothell. Several transition programs are funded entirely or in part by the NSEOF including the Freshman Advising & Orientation program.

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Fee payment

An obligation to pay tuition and fees in United States dollars is incurred when a student registers. Student’s official University of Washington tuition statement is online, no bills will be mailed. An email is sent to the student’s email address on MyUW each quarter when the statement is ready.

The tuition due date is always the third Friday of the quarter. Payments must be received by the Bothell Cashier’s Office no later than 5:00pm on the tuition due date or by 4:00pm in the drop boxes. If you do not pay your tuition by the due date, you will be assessed a late payment charge based on the amount of your outstanding balance.

For past due balances of $250 and above, the late fee is $120. For balances between $50 – $249.99, the late fee is $50. There is no late payment charge for balances under $50.

If you have not paid your outstanding balance by the end of the late payment period, a hold will be placed on your academic records. Unpaid balances will be forwarded to collections after the conclusion of the quarter.

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Technology fee

The Student Technology Fee is designed to provide funds for the improvement of technology used by students at UW Bothell. The UW Bothell Student Technology Fee Committee (STFC) determines the expenditures of the fee. Students of UW Bothell lead the committee and the committee allocates money for technology resources for general student use, pursuant to RCW 28B.15.051 and the agreement between the Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB), and the Board of Regents.

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Parking & UPass

Quarterly parking permits for faculty/staff/students are available online at through the Bothell Campus Parking portal. For more information, consult the Parking website.

The UPass is your ticket to ride Metro, Community Transit, and Sound Transit service anytime, anywhere. The UPass for students is available through your MyUW account or at the UWB Cashier’s Office after the 7th day of the quarter.

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Special course & laboratory fees

Some courses have extraordinary expenses associated with them, and, in such cases, the University may charge additional fees in amounts that approximate the added instructional or laboratory costs.

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Late registration

A late registration service charge of $25 is assessed to first time registration students of Period III registration and through the 10th day. First time registration students registering after the 10th day pay a $75 late registration fee.

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Change of registration fee

A charge of $20 is made for any number of add and/or drop transactions processed during a given day beginning the second week of the quarter.

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Transcript fee

A charge of $11, payable online through our transcript vendor Parchment. For additional information, please visit the website.

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Cancellation of tuition

Registered students must pay full tuition and fees. Tuition may be canceled or reduced if a student makes an official withdrawal or drops a course during the period specified by state statute. Refunds are given when a cancellation or reduction results in an overpayment.

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Fee forfeiture

A student who does not completely withdraw, but who is dropping one or more courses, may be eligible for lower tuition, depending on the total number of credits remaining, after the course drop, and on the time period when the drop was made. Tuition for students making a course drop on or before the seventh class day is determined by the total credits remaining. Tuition for students making a course drop after the seventh class day, through the 30th calendar day of the quarter, is computed on the total credits remaining, plus one-half the difference between the old tuition and the new tuition. There is no cancellation or reduction in tuition for courses dropped after the 30th calendar day of the quarter.

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Fee refund

When a fee payment is made by check, a waiting period is required before a refund can be authorized. An application for refund may be refused, unless it is made during the quarter in which the fees apply. A student who withdraws for disciplinary reasons forfeits all rights to refund or cancellation of any portion of his or her fees.

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Residence classification requirement

Residence classification information is available on the Office of the Registrar’s Residency for Tuition webpage.

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Veterans & children of totally disabled or deceased Veterans

Information on educational benefits and special exemption programs for veterans and their dependents is available in the Veteran & Military Resources Office. Veterans and members of the armed forces who apply for admission to any campus of the University are subject to the same minimum requirements, as are regular students, and are expected to enroll in accordance with University requirements. The University complies with the standards of progress as required by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the State Approving Agency.

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Financial obligations

The comptroller is authorized to place a hold (administrative) on the records of any student who fails to pay amounts due to the University. Until this hold is cleared, the University (1) does not release the student’s record or any information based on the record, (2) does not prepare transcripts or certified statements, and (3) denies registration as well as graduation from the University. In cases of serious financial delinquency, the comptroller, with the consent of the Registrar, may order that a student’s registration be canceled and that privileges of attendance be withdrawn. Tuition and fees not paid by the end of the academic quarter are subject to an interest charge of 1 percent per month or a fraction thereof (12 percent APR), beginning the month following the end of the quarter.

An administrative hold or cancellation also may occur when a student has not complied with other University rules, procedures, or obligations. The hold may be placed on the student’s record by the authorized University office responsible for enforcement of the rule, procedure, or obligation involved. The student is not permitted to register for any subsequent quarter, or to obtain a transcript of his or her record, or a certified statement, except on the written release of the office that placed the hold.

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Tuition exemptions

The University of Washington Tuition Exemption Program, established under the authority of RCW 28B.15.558, enables University of Washington employees and State of Washington employees who have been admitted to the University of Washington, to have tuition waived for up to six credits each quarter provided that they register on a “space-available” basis. The Tuition Exemption Program is available at the University of Washington Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses. Those who enroll at the UW on a “space-available” basis for more than six credits will receive the tuition waiver for the first six credits and will pay a per credit charge for the credits taken over six.

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Financial aid

The UW administers many federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs to help students pay for their education. There are four basic types of aid: grants, scholarships, loans, and work study. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid after graduation or withdrawal from school. The work study program gives students a chance to work part-time, either on or off campus. A Financial Aid Counselor is available on site at the UW Bothell campus to assist with a students’ financial aid needs.

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What is financial need?

For most aid programs, financial need is defined as the difference between what it costs to attend school and what the student can afford to pay.

Cost (Student’s Budget) – Student resources = Financial need

The amount a student should be able to pay is determined by a standard, federally mandated need-analysis methodology. The methodology establishes whether a student is financially dependent on his or her parents and, if so, what the family should be able to contribute. It also takes into account the family size, number in college, total income from the prior calendar year, a percentage of net assets, and all other resources. There is no income cutoff or other simple method of determining whether a student will qualify for need-based financial aid. Any student who thinks he or she needs help should apply.

Our office will review and may recalculate your expected family contribution. If a student/parent has a change in their financial situation while in school, the student should notify the Financial Aid office to request a re-evaluation of their eligibility.

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Applications & deadlines

To receive financial aid you must meet all eligibility criteria as defined by federal, state and institutional rules. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) are the basic applications for financial aid. The applications are available online at or beginning October 1. The annual deadline for priority consideration is January 15 and applies to all quarters of the upcoming academic year. This date refers to the receipt date of the FAFSA or WASFA whether mailed or electronically transmitted. It does not refer to the date the student mails or transmits the FAFSA or WASFA. The Financial Aid Office recommends that students complete the FAFSA or WASFA by January 1st to ensure delivery to the federal processor by the priority deadline. You must list the University of Washington (federal code #003798, same for all three campuses) as one of the colleges to receive the results of your FAFSA/WASFA. If your FAFSA/WASFA is received after January 15th then you will be considered a late applicant and are only considered for limited types of aid. Students must reapply every academic year.

Students who apply for financial aid should stay in touch with the financial aid counselor, and should notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes which may impact their award. The Financial Aid Office at University of Washington Bothell can be reached by phone: 425.352.5240 or e-mail

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Eligibility for financial aid

To qualify for aid an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or other eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted to the University in a degree program (correspondence and non-matriculated students are not eligible for student aid)
  • Not be delinquent or in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant
  • Provide financial information
  • Maintain satisfactory progress in a course of study

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Students enrolled, or planning to enroll, at the UW Bothell may be eligible to apply for scholarships. There are many sources of information for scholarships and other funding opportunities. Many of these resources are designed to help students identify which scholarships best match their qualifications. Each student must research the scholarships available and find those that best match their skills, experience, interests, and goals.

Visit our scholarship website, to find out more information about researching and applying for UW Bothell and external scholarship opportunities. We encourage all currently enrolled students to apply.

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