Applying for financial aid is the first step to funding your education. From federal and state aid to private scholarships or loans, we encourage you to apply for the financial aid options available to you.
Where to begin?
If you are a citizen, undergraduate, graduate or eligible non-citizen, start by filing a FAFSA application.
If you are Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA, start by filing a WASFA application.
If you are military, veteran or a dependent, start by apply for VA benefits.
If you are international, start by applying for scholarships.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
To be considered for federal financial aid you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to complete a FAFSA application each year to be considered for financial aid eligibility. A few things to remember:
- Complete the application online using the University's school code 003794
- The application is available online beginning Jan. 1
- Saint Martin's priority deadline is Mar. 1*
- In order to submit your FAFSA application, you will need to request a Personal Identification number (PIN). Instructions on how to apply for the PIN are available at www.pin.ed.gov.
*If the student and/or parents have not yet completed their current years tax returns, the income information can be estimated on the FAFSA application to meet the priority deadline. However, once their taxes have been completed the student and/or parent will need to go back on to the FAFSA application and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid)
If you are a Hope/DREAM Act and/or DACA students, you may apply for a Washington State Need Grant through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) -- a free application for non-citizens who wish to apply for financial aid in the state of Washington. Applications open Jan 1.
As a former or active duty service member or military family member, your road to financial aid begins by applying for your VA benefits with eBenefits.
(Complete details on applying for benefits and admission to Saint Martin's are available through our veterans assistance website.)
Scholarships and private assistance
If you are eligible for federal or state aid, your first step is to file either a FAFSA or WASFA.
If you do not qualify for federal or state aid, explore institutional and private scholarships and awards based on your student status or program.
For questions about scholarships and private assistance email Student Financial Services, call 360-438-4397 or visit our offices in Old Main, 250.
Private student loans
To apply for a private loan, your first step is to identify the lender you would like to apply for a loan through. Saint Martin's University does not have a preferred lender list, but we do offer a historical lenders list of frequently used lenders in the past. Please visit Student Financial Services in Old Main, room 230.
For help identifying a private lender, students can go to: SMU FastChoice
The FASTChoice site provides students with a resource to compare interest rates, fees, and other loan incentives between lenders. Please note: Student Financial Services will certify a private educational loan from any lender, regardless if their lender is featured on the FASTChoice site.