Financial Aid &

Getting Started

Begin the process of making your education more affordable.

Every year thousands of students finance their education through a combination of grants, scholarships, work-study and loans. All of these are considered Financial Aid. Our goal is to make your education affordable by helping you navigate the financial aid process.

Our Financial Aid department’s support will help you find financing opportunities from your first year through graduation.

Steps to Apply

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

Complete these steps to be considered for financial aid and scholarships at Eastern Washington University.
Current students can skip to step two.

Apply to EWU

Apply to EWU

Whether you're a freshman, transfer, returning or grad student, complete the online application and pay the $60 application fee.

Start Your Application

Apply for Scholarships

Apply for Scholarships

Find scholarships based on major, hometown, community service and more!

Apply for Scholarships

Complete the FAFSA by June 1

Complete the FAFSA by June 1

Students seeking financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Get Started

Net Price Calculator

There is no income cutoff or other simple method of determining whether you qualify for federal need-based financial aid. However, you can estimate your eligibility by using the Net Price Calculators above. Eligibility for state need-based aid at Eastern Washington University is based on formulas determined by the State of Washington.

Financial need is the difference between the cost of attendance (as defined by the school) and the estimated family contribution (EFC) calculated from your FAFSA data according to the federal aid formulas established by Congress:

Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

Your financial need determines the maximum amount of need-based financial aid (grants, Work Study, subsidized Direct Loan) you can receive. Non-need based loans (unsubsidized Direct Loan, Parent PLUS loan, private education loans) may be used to replace the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). After your need has been calculated, your awards are determined and may include a combination of scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, Work Study, and/or loans.

Special Circumstances

Every family situation is unique. Even though the federal processor uses standard formulas, we may consider special circumstances (death in the family, medical, unemployment, casualty losses, child care, etc.) when we evaluate your eligibility. Please contact us if you encounter special circumstances.

The EWU Net Price Calculator provides estimated net price information (estimated cost of attendance minus estimated grant and scholarship aid) to prospective students based on what similar students paid in a previous year. These calculations reflect the estimated costs and awards for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Freshmen Net Price Calculator Transfer Net Price Calculator

The Value of a Four-year Degree

College grads are more likely to volunteer, vote, make healthier lifestyle choices, keep their jobs in a recession and be happy in their work.

Students who receive Financial Aid


Students Who Graduate Debt Free


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