Understanding and applying for financial aid can be overwhelming. We strive to ease this process through empathetic and reverent counsel to our students and their families in regards to their financial education concerns, inquiries, or limitations. At Saint Martin's we are committed to supporting your academic journey through financing assistance and support.

About financial aid

Financial aid is any type of funding that helps you pay for college. Funding is divided into two categories and you may receive funding from four sources.

CategoriesSources
  1. Gift aid
    Gift aid* includes grants and scholarships — any funding that DOES NOT need to be repaid.
  2. Self-help
    Self-help aid includes loans — any funding that REQUIRES repayment — and student employment (work study, assistantships, etc.)
  1. Institutional
    Funding from the college or university. At Saint Martin's this includes (but is not limited to) Merit Awards, the Benedictine Scholars Scholarship, departmental awards and work study.
  2. Federal
    Funding from the United States federal government.
  3. State
    Funding from Washington State.
  4. Private
    Funding from private corporations or organizations.

*Saint Martin's University strives to award as much gift aid as possible from our federal, state, institutional, and private donors; however, we strongly encourage our students to continue to seek out private scholarships to apply to their educational costs.

Eligibility

Eligibility† is based on your individual status: citizen, eligible non-citizen; undergraduate, graduate; international; military, veteran or dependent.

 Gift aidSelf-help: LoansSelf-help: Work study§
Institutional

Citizen
Eligible non-citizen
Undergraduate
Graduate‡
Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA
International

  
FederalCitizen
Eligible non-citizen
Undergraduate
Graduate
Military, veteran or dependent
Citizen
Undergraduate (Perkins Loan)
Graduate (Unsubsidized Direct Loan)
Military, veteran or dependent
Citizen
Undergraduate (first-year, sophomore)
Military, veteran or dependent**
StateCitizen
Undergraduate
Graduate
Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA
Military, veteran or dependent
 Citizen
Undergraduate (junior, senior)
Military, veteran or dependent**
PrivateCitizen
Eligible non-citizen
Undergraduate
Graduate
Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA
Military, veteran or dependent
International
Citizen
Undergraduate
Graduate
Military, veteran or dependent
 

†Eligibility may vary based on specific cases.
‡Program specific scholarship(s) and program discount(s) only.
§Qualification based on FAFSA application. This does not include student employment.

**VA work study

How do I begin?

Most financial aid begins with an application:

 First steps
Citizen
Undergraduate
Graduate
Eligible non-citizen
  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the University's school code 003794.
  2. Apply for scholarships (that require a separate application) and private assistance.
  3. Apply for private student loans.
Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA
  1. Complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)
  2. Apply for scholarships (that require a separate application) and private assistance.
Military, veteran or dependent
  1. Apply for VA benefits.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the University's school code 003794.
  3. Apply for scholarships (that require a separate application) and private assistance.
International
  1. Apply for scholarships (that require a separate application) and private assistance.

Learn more about how to apply »