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We believe that students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to attend the UW. Explore the total cost of attendance, tuition payment schedule, financial aid and scholarships.

Total cost of attendance

The UW is consistently ranked as a best value in higher education. Most recently, the UW was ranked No. 1 by CNBC among public colleges that payoff the most.

Please review the total cost of attendance for the 2021–22 academic year. Tuition and fees are an estimate; they will be finalized later this spring.

Tuition payments

What is tuition?

Tuition is your cost for attending the UW. Tuition usually covers the charges for course registration. Some courses, however, have extra expenses (such as lab fees); in such cases, the UW may charge additional fees to cover these added instructional costs. All costs are subject to change.

When is tuition due?

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

Quarter Tuition due
Winter 2022 January 21, 2022
Spring 2022 April 15, 2022
Autumn 2022 October 14, 2022

How do I pay?

Wait for an official tuition bill. You’ll receive an email to your UW account (for example,, reminding you to check your tuition statement on MyUW.

At any time, you may find your current balance and check the status of your financial aid award using MyUW Personal Services.

Who can see my account?

You may authorize online access to your statement for one or two additional people (for example, parents). To authorize, go to your MyUW tuition statement and use the Information Release Authorization link. If you do not authorize access, only you can see your account.

Financial aid

The University of Washington helps make your university education affordable by providing financial assistance in a number of areas — from grants and loans to scholarships and work-study opportunities. Visit the financial aid website to learn more.

International students in the U.S. with an F-1 visa or any other type of non-immigrant visa are not eligible for financial aid.

Filing the FAFSA/WASFA

To be considered for all types of financial aid, U.S. students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For undocumented students living in Washington, please use the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Financial aid priority date

January 15 is the financial aid priority date for new and continuing students. Apply now if you haven’t already.

Award process

You will receive an email if you are eligible for aid, referring you to MyUW where you can review the details of your award (the types and amount of aid for which you qualify). Awards are released the end of March or first part of April for new freshmen.

If you receive a “Notice of Preliminary Award” (an estimate of your eligibility for aid) you may accept this initial award; however, we will complete the review of information you provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before your award can be confirmed. If you receive a “Notice of Award,” then your application has been reviewed and your eligibility confirmed. However, you must accept your award online at MyUW by the date indicated to reserve your aid. For more information visit the Student Financial Aid website.


The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA) helps UW undergraduates develop the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. OMSFA:

  • Provides information and resources on finding and applying for scholarships via workshops, events, online resources and individual advising.
  • Mentors students through an intense process by offering resources, advising and individual feedback, helping them submit competitive applications for local and national scholarships.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to identify and support potential student scholars.


Residence classification

Your classification as a resident of Washington state, non-resident of Washington state, or international student determines the tuition you pay as a UW student.

Note your residency status on your offer letter. If you have questions about residency classification or want to apply for a change in your status, please review the Registrar’s website on residency.