Funding Resources

Funding graduate school

There are many options to consider when thinking about funding your graduate school education. This may include federal financial aid, scholarships and fellowships, private loans, and employment opportunities.

Federal financial aid and the FAFSA

Federal loans sometimes have lower interest rates and better repayment plans for students than other types of loans:

The UW Student Loan Guide has some very helpful information about the types of loans and what you can expect of the application process. Take a look at this guide for a general overview of graduate student federal aid and to learn more about your eligibility.

The UW Bothell Financial Aid Office makes some funding available to graduate students. These opportunities generally combine academic merit and financial need. Contact them via email at for more information on financial aid.

Private Loans

There are a variety of options to take out private loans to help fund your graduate education. Sources for private loans include SallieMae, Discover, Citi, Chase, and many others. It is also a good idea to check with your bank to discuss their loan options. More information is available on private loans including an overview, certification, disbursement, and some ideas for lenders. Be sure to compare interest rates as some private loans can have very high rates.


Graduate scholarships and grant opportunities can be quite competitive and students are encouraged to search widely for opportunities. Some UW resources include:

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards works with multiple campus partners at UW Bothell and UW Seattle to connect current and newly admitted students to funding opportunities and merit-based awards.

Current and incoming students may also consult the UW scholarship database (use NetID and password) to explore over 500 merit-based funding opportunities or seek assistance from the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS), which provides resources for outside funding opportunities.


The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards administers a variety of fellowships and their staff is available for consultation. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you need to plan ahead. Most fellowship competitions have deadlines 6-9 months prior to the beginning date of the fellowship, and usually require personal statements and letters of recommendation that may take several months to compile. Be sure to check the UW Graduate School Funding Calendar for deadlines.

Veterans benefits

The UW Bothell Student Services Office provides information and assistance though Veterans Services. This includes the VA Tuition Reduction Program and other support. services for veterans and their families.

Program specific funding 


The UW career system offers numerous resources, many of which are graduate-specific. Some good places to start are Husky Jobs, UW Employment, and the UW Career Centers.

  • UW Bothell Career Center provides a variety of job-search services, including workshops on resume and cover letter writing and interviewing, individual advising sessions, employer information, and career fairs.
  • UW Seattle Career Center - offers numerous resources for graduate students including workshops, professional development opportunities, the Grad Student Newsletter, job boards, jobs listers, and more.

Updated January 2021