Future Students

Tuition, Financial Aid & Scholarships

UW is committed to helping students from all economic backgrounds access world-class education.

A number of resources are available to help students fund college, from financial aid to scholarships to work-study programs. Every year, UW awards more than $344 million in aid to 60 percent of undergraduate students.


Tuition rates are set annually. For the 2018-2019 academic year, full-time undergraduate enrollment tuition rates were as follows:

  • In-state students: $3,584 quarterly/$10,753 annually
  • Out-of-state students: $11,597 quarterly/$34,791 annually

For more complete information on cost of attendance at UW Seattle, including cost of living, see academic year student budget provided by the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Additional detailed information about tuition and fees is provided by the Office of Planning & Budgeting.

Financial Aid

Students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form. To be eligible for various resources, students must complete the FAFSA form by January 15. The UW Student Financial Aid Office offers additional resources.

Work-Study Programs

Part-time work-study programs are available to assist students with funding their undergraduate degree. Students who qualify for work study jobs may work up to 19 hours per week while going to school.


A number of scholarships are awarded annually. Some scholarships are specific to Civil & Environmental Engineering students while others are open to all undergraduates.

CEE Scholarships: The department offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships for new, transfer, and continuing majors. Each year, dozens of students receive scholarships in varying amounts totaling over $400,000.  Students apply online during two application windows April 1 - May 1 (primarily for continuing majors) and August 1 to August 22 (primarily for new and transfer students) for awards the following academic year.

In addition, the department regularly posts scholarship announcements from industry and professional associations on the CEE Undergraduate News blog.  

Other Scholarships Opportunities:

  • College of Engineering Scholarships: The College of Engineering offers a variety of annual scholarships for engineering-undeclared students.
  • Mary Gates Scholarship: The Mary Gates Endowment for Students funds hundreds of undergraduates each year, supporting student research, leadership and venture activities.
  • UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards: Assistance for students navigating the scholarship search and application process, especially for nationally recognized merit-based scholarships such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall and more.



Direct to College admission assures incoming freshman students who are admitted into the College of Engineering that they can pursue an engineering degree at the UW. The changes took effect starting with the 2018 incoming freshman class.

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