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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Overview for New Students

Check out this newly developed overview of financial aid and why Eastern is your "best value" school!

Application Deadlines

Students who apply by the following dates receive priority consideration for EWU financial aid for the following academic year:

  • Feb. 15: Date for application for admission or re-admission to EWU (new/transfer/former students only, including undocumented students for State Need Grant)
  • Feb. 15: EWU Scholarship Application Deadline (all students) - the application is now closed.  Recipients and non-recipients will be notified in April and May.  Please continue to check the EWU Scholarship information page for details, deadline dates, and the application links to departmental and other scholarships that have later deadlines.
  • Feb. 15: Date FAFSA must be received by the Federal Processor for priority aid consideration (all students)
  • Feb. 15: Date the WASFA must be submitted to the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) by undocumented students for priority consideration for State Need Grant funding.

FAFSA's received after February 15th will still be considered, but awards are made on a funds-available basis and late applicants may not receive all the aid for which they might otherwise qualify. No EWU Scholarship applications will be accepted after February 15th, but departmental scholarship applications may have later deadline dates. Please see the information under "Scholarships" in the left sidebar for more details.

New Student Awards (2015-2016)

The first round of new student awards for 2015-2016 were made on March 27, 2015.  Please check your Eagles email and myEWU Portal accounts to see if you were awarded, and then follow the checklist to accept your awards.  If you did not receive an award, there may be items that you still need to submit.  Those missing items will be listed and should be turned in as soon as possible. 

Educational Tax Benefits

Be sure to check out your eligibility for the various educational tax benefits, especially the American Opportunity Tax Credit, when filing your 2014 tax forms!  Additional information can be found in the 2014 Tax Year - Federal Tax Benefits for Higher Education publication and in the IRS brochure "Students and Parents - Why Form 1098-T is Important to You". 

Cost of Attendance for 2015-2016 (estimated)

The estimated Cost of Attendance for 2015-2016 is available for your reference.  These are the standard "base" amounts used to determine your financial aid eligibility.  Your final cost may vary depending on your enrollment, program of study, types of courses taken, living status, residency, etc.  Tuition, fee, and room and board rates are not final until approved by the EWU Board of Trustees.

Net Price Calculator (Freshmen)

The EWU Net Price Calculator (Freshmen) provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective freshmen based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

Net Price Calculator (Transfers)

The EWU Net Price Calculator (Transfers) provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective transfer students based on what similar students paid in a previous year.

IRS Data Retrieval Tutorial

This tutorial explains how to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to populate or update your FAFSA.

Real Hope Act

The 2014 Legislature passed the REAL Hope Act (SB 6523), also known as the Washington Dream Act, to expand eligibility for the Washington State Need Grant to non-citizens who meet the same residency requirement under HB 1079 and program requirements. The application process and requirements can be found here. Additional information for undocumented students can be found on the Aid for Undocumented Students page.

Gainful Employment Programs

EWU has one graduate certificate program that is eligible for financial aid under the "gainful employment" provisions. Information for this program is available under the following link: Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate.

Required Disclosures

For important information about the university, please visit the Disclosure and Consumer Information page.


You can visit EagleNet at any time for a current update on your aid. If you need to speak with a financial aid advisor, our office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm and our phone lines are open from 8 am-4:45 pm, or you can email us at

Information on tuition and fee charges, billing, payments, refunds, direct deposit and tax credits can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

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