Financial Aid

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Husky Promise?
We believe that students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to attend the University of Washington. Finances should not be a barrier to getting an education. With the Husky Promise, the UW promises to cover the cost of tuition for qualified students who otherwise could not afford to attend.
2. Why did the UW create the Husky Promise?
For too many of our state's students, college seems far beyond their financial reach. Though they are academically qualified, many talented high school students do not attend college because they believe they cannot afford the tuition. That's why the UW created the Husky Promise, a guarantee to the citizens of Washington that those who come from low- and lower-middle-income families can gain a world-class education at any of our three campuses - Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma - and not pay a penny for tuition and fees.
3. How does the Husky Promise work?
Tuition for students eligible for the Husky Promise will be covered first by federal and state grants - like the Pell Grant or State Need Grant. If a student's eligibility for these programs does not equal the full cost of tuition, the University will make up the difference with institutional grants or scholarships. Funds awarded for the Husky Promise will only cover up to a student's calculated financial need and can be reduced if a student receives private scholarships or other privately funded resources.
4. How many students does Husky Promise cover?
Beginning in fall quarter 2007, more than 5,000 UW students - nearly 20 percent - will be covered under the Husky Promise. When compared to similar programs at comparable institutions, both the total number of students and the overall percentage of students covered by the Husky Promise are among the highest in the country.
5. How affordable is the UW now?
Kiplinger's Personal Finance placed the UW in the top 10 nationally as one of the best values in education among schools identified as offering academic excellence at affordable prices ( Currently, the UW offers more than $160 million in financial aid each year, with nearly half of all undergraduates receiving aid. Each year, over 5,000 UW students - both undergraduate and graduate - receive more than $20 million in scholarships alone through grants, gifts or endowed funds.
6. How can I support the Husky Promise?
To extend the Husky Promise to as many students as possible, the UW Foundation has launched Students First, a scholarship-matching initiative. For every contribution to the Students First Matching Endowment, the UW will match 50 cents on every dollar. For more on Students First, visit
7. Who qualifies for the Husky Promise?
To be eligible for the Husky Promise, a student must:
8. When does the Husky Promise begin?
The first awards begin in the 2007-08 academic year.
9. Is the Husky Promise available at all three UW campuses?
Yes! It is offered to students at Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma.
10. Is the Husky Promise available to incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as current UW students?
Yes, beginning with applicants for autumn quarter 2007.
11. How do I apply?
Students can apply for eligibility for the Husky Promise just as they would with our other aid programs:
  • Complete the FAFSA.
  • Submit the FAFSA so that it is dated as received by the federal processor by January 15 for the upcoming academic year.
  • List the University of Washington (federal code #003798) as one of the colleges to receive the results of your FAFSA.
  • No other financial aid application is required for the Husky Promise.
12. What does the Husky Promise cover?
  • The Husky Promise guarantees that full-time tuition and standard fees will be covered by grant or scholarship support.
  • The UW technology fee and student activity fees are covered.
  • Individual course fees, equipment fees and lab fees are not part of the Husky Promise, but many students receive enough aid to cover these as well.
    International study program fees or non-standard tuition paid by evening degree or MEDEX students is not covered. Students in these programs should check with the financial aid office to learn more about aid available to help with their costs.
13. What are the requirements for renewal?
All UW students must apply for financial aid each year. To remain eligible for the Husky Promise, students must:
  • Apply by the January 15 priority filing date each year.
  • Meet all eligibility criteria for the Pell Grant or State Need Grant.
  • Enroll full time (at least 12 credits per quarter, 36 credits per academic year).
  • Continue to make satisfactory academic progress.
14. Can a student still get financial aid if they don't qualify for the Husky Promise?
Each year, the University of Washington awards more than $160 million in aid to nearly 50 percent of our undergraduates. Students who do not qualify for the Husky Promise may be eligible for grant, scholarship, work study and loan funds to help cover education costs. Students must apply for aid by filing the FAFSA by our priority date of January 15 to be considered for aid programs. Students who miss the priority date will still be considered, but for limited types of aid.
15. Can students who qualify for the Husky Promise receive more grants or scholarships to help with the rest of their expenses?
Many of the students who will be served by the Husky Promise program will receive grants or scholarships beyond the cost of tuition and fees. Financial aid award letters will list any other scholarships or grants the students are eligible to receive. Most students at the UW receive awards from a combination of aid programs - loans and work study are often offered in addition to grants and scholarship funds.
16. Can a student who receives a Pell Grant and a State Need Grant receive a full tuition scholarship on top of these funds?
The Husky Promise is a guarantee that tuition and fees will be covered with a combination of federal, state and institutional grant or scholarship funds. Students already receiving more grants and scholarships than the cost of tuition and fees will not receive additional funds under the Husky Promise. However, if tuition increases, students are guaranteed to see an increase in grant or scholarship funds to cover tuition and fees.
17. If a student receives scholarships not awarded by the University, are they still eligible for the Husky Promise?
Funds awarded for the Husky Promise will cover only up to a student's documented financial need and can be reduced if the student receives private scholarships or other privately funded resources that are counted in the financial aid calculation of need. The calculation of financial need is based on federal formulas and institutional rules. If a student's financial need is high enough, the student may be able to keep all or part of his or her Husky Promise funding. At the University of Washington, private scholarships are used to meet need and replace loans before we reduce grant or scholarship assistance.
18. If a student receives financial aid from the UW now, does he or she need to do anything new under the Husky Promise program?
No. We will automatically consider that student each year he or she applies by the January 15 priority filing date. However, students must enroll full time each quarter and make satisfactory academic progress to continue to be eligible for the Husky Promise.
19. Do part-time students qualify for the Husky Promise?
No. Only full-time students qualify for this program. However, depending on how much Pell Grant or State Need Grant a student is eligible to receive, a pro-rated award for part-time attendance may be enough to cover the cost of tuition.
20. Does the Husky Promise cover summer quarter tuition too?
No. Summer quarter is funded differently and is not covered under the Husky Promise. However, we do offer some grant funding for the summer. Although there is no guarantee, students may still receive enough grant funds to cover tuition.
21. Can non-U.S. citizens receive aid under the Husky Promise?
To be eligible for the Husky Promise, students must meet all citizenship requirements of the federal and state aid programs. In general, this means that a student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as well as a resident of Washington state.
22. Who is paying for this?
The additional money comes from a variety of sources: federal and state grant programs, University grant programs and scholarships provided by private donations raised through Campaign UW: Creating Futures.