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.
Below is more information about the different types of aid available to students, as well as information about grants, work-study and our institutional gift aid policy.
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. Learn more about gift aid in Washington State.
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).
International students are not eligible for federal or state aid. However, there are a number of institutional aid and private scholarship options available.
As a former or active duty service member or dependent, aid begins when you apply for your VA benefits. As additional aid may be available, we encourage all our military students to file a FAFSA as well.