Federal, state and institutional aid are the three main sources of gift aid that reduce the student's need to borrow loans and/or lessen the burden on other family financial sources. 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.
The U.S. federal government provides billions of dollars each year in financial gift aid awarded in the form of grants. As gift aid, grants do not need to be repaid. Access to all federal aid begins when you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
(Federal loans do need to be repaid. Learn more.)
In addition to information submitted by the institution, the federal government forwards your FAFSA application to the state education agency responsible for state aid. State aid can take the form of grants and/or scholarships. State aid is determined using either FAFSA or WASFA data. The state often, but not always, requires you to be a resident of that state in order to qualify.
Institutional gift aid comes directly from Saint Martin's University in the form of grants and/or scholarships. Access to institutional aid from Saint Martin's begins when you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).
Federal and state grants
Eligibility for federal and state grants will be determined upon timely submission of the annual FAFSA or WASFA application and fund availability. It is important to remember that the aid possibilities listed in this section typically expire once a student has received their first bachelor's degree. If you have any questions about the information below, please contact Student Financial Services.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need based grant program that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for a least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded.
If you are eligible for the TEACH Grant, you must complete both TEACH Grant Counseling and an Agreement to Serve in addition to our internal form.
*Until further guidance is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, TEACH Grant awards must be reduced by 6.6 percent.
Federal and state work-study
The federal work-study award appears on your financial aid package if you have demonstrated financial need. It is awarded to students in their freshman or sophomore year in college.
State work-study is funded through the Washington Student Achievement Counsel. It is awarded to students in their junior or senior year in college who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance.
Institutional gift aid policy
Saint Martin's University guarantees the amount of institutional gift aid (grants and/or scholarships) that an incoming undergraduate student is awarded. After their award letter has been finalized, the amount of institutional gift aid they receive, although the name may change from year to year, will remain constant provided the student is continually enrolled, continues to make satisfactory academic progress, and files a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually or submits a FAFSA waiver to Student Financial Services per the restrictions listed below.
As tuition cost may increase during the tenure of the student with the university, families should create a financial plan to anticipate costs that exceed the student's allotted gift aid.