Washington University bases most financial assistance on a careful assessment of two factors: financial need and academic promise. The university offers a limited number of academic scholarships and fellowships based solely on academic merit. You may apply for both kinds of support simultaneously. Other financing options and innovative plans, such as the Partners in Education with Parents and TuitionPay, the monthly payment plan, assist students and parents in financing the university’s costs.
About 60 percent of Washington University’s undergraduates receive need-based financial assistance, which is offered in combinations of scholarships and grants, long-term subsidized loans, and in many cases, part-time campus employment.
Your financial circumstances are considered individually in the financial assistance process. In evaluating the extent of each applicant’s need, the university considers many factors besides family income, such as the number of children in your family, the number in college at the same time, and unusual medical expenses. When you apply for financial assistance, you are considered for all types of assistance — grants, student loans and part-time employment.
The university strives to make attendance a financial reality for qualified students, even when financial need is great. Information about application procedures may be obtained from Student Financial Services.
Veterans. If you are seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration, you should contact the Office of the University Registrar at registrar.wustl.edu.
Many scholarship funds, which are administered by Washington University, are provided by generous donors to assist the university in supporting financially needy and deserving students. These scholarships are included in financial assistance awards, and a separate application is not required. For scholarship information, please visit the Admissions website at: http://admissions.wustl.edu/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx.
In addition, general scholarship funds are available to undergraduates in any school. Qualifying for one or more of these scholarships does not affect eligibility for other scholarship support. Please visit each school’s section of this Bulletin or the school website for more information on scholarships.
Army ROTC Scholarships
High school seniors may compete for four-year Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships; college students, for three- and two-year scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on merit. Army ROTC scholarships provide the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate study at Washington University. Army ROTC scholarships also include support for textbook purchases and a monthly allowance during the period the student is in school on scholarship status. Some students who receive Army ROTC scholarships also receive stipends from the university for room and board. The source of the student’s stipend will be the university; federal or state government; or other scholarships, depending on the student’s eligibility for assistance. For more information, write the Military Science Department, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1206, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, or call 314/935-5521, or visit the Washington University Army ROTC website at www.rotc.wustl.edu. The Four-Year Scholarship application may be submitted through the Army ROTC National Headquarters website, www.goarmy.com/rotc/.
Air Force ROTC Scholarships
High school seniors may compete for two-, three- or four-year AFROTC scholarships, which cover up to full tuition at Washington University, plus a stipend and allowance for books. Extensive information and the electronic application portal can be found at www.afrotc.com. Informational interviews are required of qualified applicants.
Different types of Air Force ROTC merit-based scholarships are available to students studying at Washington University. However, a scholarship is not required to join ROTC or to successfully earn a commission. For scholarship details, contact AFROTC, Gateway Detachment 207 at 314/977-8332 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corporation Awards to Children of Employees
An increasing number of companies have scholarship programs open to children of their employees. Inquiries about such plans should be made through your parents’ employer(s).
In addition to privately sponsored loan programs, Washington University participates in the federal student and parent loan programs. These loans provide reasonable interest rates and long-term repayment schedules; they make attendance possible for many of the university’s students.
Partners in Education with Parents (PEP)
Partners in Education with Parents (PEP) is an innovative multiple-option program financed and operated by Washington University to help parents to pay university charges — tuition, fees and room and board.
PEP continues Washington University’s commitment to a partnership with the families of our students. This partnership includes a variety of choices to make parents’ contributions as affordable as possible. Parents may choose the Multiyear Option, Prepayment Option or Annual Option.
The PEP Multiyear Option allows families to borrow one initial amount at the start of the freshman year to cover all, or part of, all four years of tuition, fees and room and board charges. This option freezes the charges covered by PEP at the freshman-year rate, based on the percentage of costs covered by the PEP (participation rate). Families can benefit from the competitive, low-cost fixed interest rate and take up to 10 years to repay. There is no penalty for prepayment.
The PEP program also offers the choice to prepay, without borrowing from Washington University, all or part of the tuition, fees and room and board charges for all four undergraduate years at the freshman-year rate. This option, the Prepayment Option, assures families that the prepaid portion of college expenses is covered and will not be subject to later increases in university costs. You can also choose to prepay a portion of the charges and borrow the rest from Washington University. This combination works well for parents who may have saved for a portion or most of their student’s college expenses and who want to take advantage of the benefit of increasing their participation rate by using PEP to finance the remaining charges.
If the family prefers to borrow for college costs one year at a time, then the PEP Annual Option might be their best choice. Each year they can borrow an amount up to or equal to that year’s tuition, fees and room and board charges and take up to 10 years to repay. There is no penalty for prepayment and they can benefit from the competitive fixed interest rate.
Financing under the Multiyear or Annual Options requires no security or collateral from participants. A prospective participant must have a good credit rating and provide evidence of being able to meet the required monthly payments to be approved for a loan.
More information about Partners in Education with Parents is available from Student Financial Services, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1041, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899; 314/935-4139 or 800/468-0569, fax 314/935-4037; e-mail: email@example.com; or the website at https://sfs.wustl.edu/newlyadmitted/Pages/PEP.aspx.
TuitionPay (Monthly Payment Plan)
TuitionPay, the monthly payment plan, provides for the payment of total annual university charges — tuition, fees and room and board — in nine or 10 monthly installments. Information about this plan is provided to all admitted students or may be obtained directly from Student Financial Services. For details, visit https://sfs.wustl.edu/newlyadmitted/Pages/TuitionPay.aspx.
If you apply for financial assistance, you are considered for the Federal Work-Study program (FWS). FWS employees work an average of 10 to 12 hours a week on campus and typically earn $2,000 over the course of the academic year.