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.

Support starts with scholarships

Saint Martin's is dedicated to helping you fund your education. On average, each year we award over $20 million dollars in scholarships — ranging from $100 to full tuition.

First-year Saint Martin's scholarships

The following anticipated annual awards are based on a holistic review of applications and unweighted cumulative GPA.

GPAScholarship award
4.0-3.75$23,000 Chancellor's
3.74-3.5$21,000 President's
3.49-3.0$20,000 Dean's
2.99-2.75$16,000 Faculty
2.74-2.5$13,000 University
2.49-0$5,000 Angus McDonald

Transfer Saint Martin's scholarships

The following anticipated annual awards are based on a holistic review of applications and unweighted cumulative GPA of all college work.

GPAScholarship award
4.0-3.5$16,000 Trustee's (invitation only)
3.9-3.4$14,000 Chancellor's
3.39-2.85$11,000 President's
2.84-2.5$8,000 University

* Saint Martin’s is now a test optional university. Although we are test- optional, we are still happy to accept and consider SAT or ACT scores as part of your application review. Talk with your admissions counselor about how your test scores can affect your merit award.

* Be sure to include any high school activities, awards, clubs and rigor of your high school curriculum (honors, AP/IB, college in the high school, etc.) on your Saint Martin’s application as merit awards are based on a holistic review of your application.

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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 —funding that does not require repayment.
  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.

Aid typeGift 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
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:

Type of studentFirst 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 »

Determining financial need

For most types of financial aid like grants, subsidized loans and certain scholarships, we need to determine your financial need for the aid. There is no “income cutoff” or other simple method of determining whether you will qualify for need-based financial aid. If you think you need help paying for college, we strongly encourage you to apply using the FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.

“Financial need” is defined as the difference between what it costs you to attend school and what you and your family can afford to pay.

Cost (Student’s Budget)
– Student’s Resources = EFC on FAFSA

Financial Need/Maximum Eligibility

Your student resources are the amount you and your family are expected to have available for school and is calculated based on the information on your FAFSA. A standard government formula is used to determine the family’s contribution. It takes into account the family size, number in college, total income from the previous calendar year, and assets.

In addition, other resources you have such as private scholarships, other Saint Martin’s University scholarships, educational benefits, long-term loans, resident assistant benefits, and all other sources of assistance must be considered in determining your total resources. Please report to our office any other resources you have as soon as you know about them.