Steps to Receiving Financial Aid at EWU
- Undergraduate Students: Apply through Undergraduate Admissions. To be considered for priority funding, apply for admission by March 1 for the following academic year and complete your FAFSA as noted below.
- Returning Students: If you have not attended EWU for more than three quarters, complete a Former Student Returning Form by March 1 for the following academic year and complete your FAFSA as noted below.
- Graduate Students: Apply through Graduate Admissions. To be considered for priority funding, apply for admission by Feb. 1 for the following academic year and complete your FAFSA as noted below.
Scholarships come from various sources including the college you are attending, your program of study, your high school, local, regional and national organizations, employers and more.
All students can apply for EWU Scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year by completing the EWU Scholarship Application by March 1, 2021.
Many new freshmen will be awarded automatic scholarships upon admission to EWU. Find out what New Freshmen Scholarships you might be eligible for.
Many other scholarship opportunities become available in the fall and winter with deadlines in February – May. Learn more about Scholarships at EWU.
Students who complete their financial aid application by March 1, 2021 will receive priority consideration for EWU financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year. FAFSA’s received after March 1st are still 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. Be sure to file the correct FAFSA for the correct academic year. At EWU, the academic year runs from fall quarter through the following summer quarter.
Use the 2020-2021 FAFSA if applying for aid to be used from fall 2020 through summer 2020. The last day to file a 2020-2021 FAFSA is June 30, 2021.
Use the 2021-2022 FAFSA if applying for aid to be used from fall 2021 through summer 2022. The last day to file a 2021-2022 FAFSA is June 30, 2022.
Using your FSA ID and password, you can check your financial aid application status, view your Student Aid Report (SAR) information, correct your application data, and electronically sign your applications at FAFSA on the Web. Parents can also use their FSA ID and password to sign their student’s financial aid applications electronically. Your Student Aid Report (SAR) is available for viewing approximately three days after you complete and submit your application. Please review your SAR and make any necessary corrections. Keep a copy for your records; we will receive an electronic copy if you listed EWU as one of the receiving schools.
Approximately thirty percent of all applications are selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are selected, the EWU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is required to verify the information submitted on your application. We will request a verification form and an IRS Tax Transcript (if you did not use the IRS data retrieval process, or changed the IRS data after you retrieved it). Respond immediately and include your name and NetID on each document you submit.
After your file is complete, you will receive an email from our office directing you to view your financial aid award on EagleNET. Please follow the steps outlined in the email to accept or reject each type of aid offered. If we do not hear from you, the offer may be subject to cancellation. You will be notified of all subsequent award revisions via your EWU student e-mail account or by paper if you have not yet confirmed your intent to enroll.
If you are awarded a Federal Direct Loan or Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), additional steps are necessary to obtain these loans.
The university will first apply your financial aid to your outstanding university charges. Any remaining funds will be disbursed to you on or after the first day of each quarter. You have the option of receiving your balance by: 1) direct deposit to a bank account or 2) by check sent to your mailing address on file with EWU. A check will automatically be mailed if you do not select direct deposit. You may update your address at any time in EagleNET. Additional information on financial aid disbursement is available on the Aid Offer Instructions section.
Cost of Attendance
Eastern Washington University establishes standard cost of attendance budgets that reflect the educational costs for EWU students during a nine-month academic year. These budgets are intended to provide an adequate, but modest lifestyle. The budgets include the following components:
- Housing and Meals
- Personal Expenses
The total budget varies based on enrollment status (full time, three-quarter time, half-time), number of terms of enrollment, living arrangements, degree standing (undergraduate or graduate), and state residency. If you are in a special program such as Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy, off-campus Social Work, etc., your amounts will be different.
2020-2021 Estimated Cost of Attendance
|Health and Wellness Fee||$357||$357||$357||$357|
|Student Recreation Center Fee||$195||$195||$195||$195|
|PUB Renovation Fee||$255||$255||$255||$255|
|Books and Supplies||$930||$930||$930||$930|
|Total Educational Costs||$8,650||$26,622||$11,556||$22,259|
|Housing and Meals***||$13,026||$13,026||$11,550||$11,550|
|Direct Loan Fees||-||-||$219||$219|
|Total Living Costs||$16,101||$16,101||$15,237||$15,237|
|Total Cost of Attendance||$24,751||$42,723||$26,793||$37,496|
**Students from the western states/territories (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, and WY, CNMI, and Guam) may receive a scholarship to reduce tuition.
***Housing and meal rates are based estimated average costs. The actual rate will vary depending on the room rate and meal plan that you choose. Living costs for students who are with parents or off-campus are lower.
****The Transportation and Personal Expense averages are based on an annual survey conducted by the Washington Financial Aid Association (WFAA).
*****The cost of attendance amounts are "base" rates. The actual costs may vary according to enrollment status, living arrangements, academic program, and tuition. Graduate rates are based on eight credits per term.
Living-Related Expenses for Spouse and Dependents
Living-related expenses for a spouse and dependents are not included in the cost of attendance budget. Living expenses for a spouse and/or dependents are considered as part of the FAFSA process, and those expenses are reflected in your expected family contribution (EFC).
Child Care Expenses
Child care costs for dependent children may be considered in some cases. Please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office for more details.
Cost of Attendance Adjustments
Budgets may be adjusted for unusual expenses (e.g. high expense programs such as Physical Therapy and Dental Hygiene, dependent child care, etc.). Costs for study abroad may also be considered if the program has been approved for credit at EWU. Documentation must be provided for all budget adjustments.
Tuition & Fee Rates
For current tuition rates, fees, and refund schedules, visit Student Financial Services.
Net Price Calculator
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 2020-2021 academic year.
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.
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.
FAFSA Application Tips
- File the correct FAFSA for the correct school year.
- Read the FAFSA instructions carefully as you complete the FAFSA on the Web.
- Make sure your Social Security Number is accurate.
- Use the exact name on your social security card. Notify the Social Security Administration if you change your name due to marriage or other reasons.
- Include your name and EWU ID on every document you send us.
- Use Eastern’s school code (003775) to indicate that you want your FAFSA results sent to Eastern.
- Request an FSA ID and keep it with your records. If you are a dependent student, your parents may request an FSA ID also.
- Make sure you have the appropriate electronic signatures (yourself and your parents, if applicable).
- Use the IRS Data Retrieval tool within the FAFSA application if eligible to do so. Otherwise, use copies of your tax return(s).
- Keep copies of your federal income tax forms and other documents for your records.
- Remember to keep a copy of the confirmation number after filing your FAFSA on the Web. Your application is not complete until you click on “submit”.
- Update EWU and correct your processed FAFSA whenever you have an address change. EWU address changes may be made in EagleNET at any time.
- Check your EWU student e-mail account frequently. We will send e-mail to your EWU student e-mail account throughout the year.
- Reapply by the priority date each year. If you have a FAFSA on file from the previous year, use the FAFSA Renewal Application to pre-populate certain data elements.
In order to be eligible for federal and state financial aid, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- You must be formally admitted to Eastern.
- You must be a United States citizen or be in the U.S. on a permanent visa status.
- Undocumented students may still be eligible for state financial aid
- You must be seeking a degree or certification in an eligible program.
- You must not be in default on any federal education loan, and you must not owe a refund due to overpayment of a previous federal grant or loan at any college or university.
- You must be registered with the Selective Service if required by law.
- You must have a valid Social Security Number.
- You must be maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Financial Aid Eligibility for Certificate Programs
Students taking EWU certificates as stand-alone programs are generally not eligible for federal aid. However, state, institutional, and private aid is still available. This restriction does not apply to students who are taking certificate programs as a part of larger degree programs or to teacher certification students. If you have questions about whether a particular certificate program is eligible for aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office.