Current Students

Financial support application

The School of Nursing has several scholarships to support nursing students enrolled at the Seattle campus.  Generous donations by SoN alumni and friends make these scholarships possible. The donors also set criteria for most scholarships. Some of the criteria are very broad but others are very specific, so it behooves every student to apply. All applicants will be considered for all available scholarships.

Who should apply?

Seattle campus nursing students who will struggle to pay their educational expenses (tuition, fees, books, supplies, living expenses, etc.) during the next academic year should apply. Although SoN scholarships are limited, we are able to help many of our students who have high unmet need and/or loan debt.

Unmet need is the amount of financial need that is not covered by financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans and/or work study). It is determined from the Cost of Attendance (CoA) minus student/parent contribution and minus financial aid; what is left is called “unmet need.” For those who are eligible, this figure is determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid (UW OSFA).

Remember: the only way to receive a scholarship is to apply, so give yourself that chance!

Funding priorities

Priority consideration will be given to applicants who:

  • are enrolled full-time in a SoN degree program on the Seattle campus (students from the Bothell and Tacoma campuses should contact their local student services office for funding information);
  • have high unmet financial need and/or high loan debt;
  • do not have other funding support (such as traineeships, employer- or union-sponsored tuition benefits, etc.);
  • meet donor criteria for some scholarships.

Types of funding

Undergraduate students will be considered for tuition scholarships. These scholarships are applied to student accounts and may pay a combination of tuition, fees, and books/supplies expenses. Average scholarships are $2,000 per quarter, but may range from $250 to $4,000 per quarter.

Graduate students will be considered for tuition scholarships, stipends, and/or health insurance. Tuition scholarships are applied to student accounts and may pay a combination of tuition, fees, and books/supplies expenses. Stipends are processed like paychecks and are paid twice per month. Average stipend awards are $1,000 per month, but range from $500 to $2,500 per month. Students who receive stipends may also receive GAIP health insurance benefits. Additionally, stipends for non-WA residents may reduce their tuition amounts to the WA-resident rate.

Application process

  • Complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), if eligible. Complete this every year you are enrolled in your program of study. The priority filing deadline is January 15 every year, but applications can be submitted any time.
  • Apply for UW Financial Aid, if eligible.
  • Complete the online School of Nursing Financial Support Application between April 1 and May 1. New students admitted after May 1 will be able to submit special applications later in summer; no other applications will be accepted during that time. All new and continuing students should therefore apply before May 1. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • A special open-application period will be offered in October for students newly admitted from the waitlist. Only students admitted to SoN degree programs during the summer will be eligible to apply during this special application period. More information will be available on October 1.
    • The special application period is now open. The application deadline is October 18 before midnight.
    • The application link is not active here. Eligible students were emailed the link on 10/2/2020.
    • If you think you should be eligible to apply now but did not receive the link, please send a message to Use “request for special application link” as the subject line, and include your full legal name and student number in the body of the message.

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Award letters will be mailed July through September each year.


Emergency Financial Aid

Students who experience unexpected financial hardship may be eligible for “emergency” financial aid from UW and/or SoN. Students are encouraged to first apply for UW Emergency Aid. UW Emergency Aid is available to all students; there are no residency requirements or other restrictions. Eligible students should also consider requesting a change to existing financial aid packages.

Next, students should apply for SoN Emergency Financial Aid. Award amounts vary, but are typically a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Awards may include scholarships and/or student loans borrowed directly from the School. These awards are intended to be used in the current academic quarter, but requests for up to one quarter in the future may be considered.

Requests for emergency aid should not replace annual applications for SoN scholarships or UW financial aid.