Funding Your Education

There are many options available for funding your college education listed below.  Please consider researching and applying to a variety of options. Most successful students will tell you they have a variety of funding supporting them in reaching their educational goals.  

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Completing the FAFSA application is your first step to funding your education. In January (prior to starting at UWB), fill out the FAFSA and have the results sent to the UW. To receive the best aid amount, submit your FAFSA by mid-February, so it is received by the UW Bothell Financial Aid office by February 28th.  
  • You may not think you qualify for any federal aid, but you won't know for sure until you fill out and submit the form. In addition, your financial circumstances may unexpectedly change during the course of the year too, so it is best to have the application on file.
  • In addition, you may be considered for various UWB scholarships and having your FAFSA on file can help you receive a scholarship from UWB.

Federal Student Aid comes in the form of Grants financial aid that does not need to be repaid Loans borrowed money for college, you must repay your loan with interest Work-Study a work program through which you earn money to help pay for school.

The US Department of Education offers an excellent web site about financing your education.

Scholarship Opportunities

Most scholarships are merit-based, although some may include financial need, community service or other extra-curricular activities in their criteria and may be a part of the decision making. When applying for scholarships consider how you can build your potential to be a competitive applicant.
The following are some great resources for locating scholarships:

  • The University of Washington Bothell has a dedicated office to helping current students find and apply for scholarships. Consider making an appointment in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards and learning how to build your potential and apply for these scholarships. This site has hundreds of scholarship links that you may find helpful in your search. You will also find specific scholarships for Nursing and Health Studies students.
  • Consider researching scholarships beyond your major. There are scholarships to reward undergraduate research, community engagement or ethnicity focused. 

  • The UWB General Scholarship is for current UWB students offered twice per year. The general application allows you to apply to multiple scholarships in one application.

  • The UWB School of Nursing and Health Studies offers incoming and current scholarships to NHS students. Please speak to an advisor in your major regarding eligibility and deadlines. 

  • The UW Scholarship database hosts local and national opportunities for UWB students. Use the database with key interest words to find a variety of scholarships.

Loan Repayment Programs