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Office of Admissions

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4596 / 800-368-8803
Fax: 360-412-6189
Twitter: @gotosmu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Costs and financial support

Financial aid and scholarships

Integral to our Benedictine tradition of embracing the uniqueness of each individual is our belief in rewarding talent and achievement, be it academic, athletic, or artistic.

Scholarship Overview

Saint Martin's awarded approximately $14 million dollars in scholarships during the 2012 - 2013 academic year. Individual awards range from $100 to full tuition*.

Students are not required to submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for most scholarships available through Saint Martin’s University, except where noted. Students who wish to receive need-based financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The financial aid priority application deadline is March 1.

* Scholarship amounts are for students entering for the 2014-2015 school year only and are subject to change based on availability of funds and student eligibility. In the event a student receives full Tuition Assistance through a third party, they will not be eligible for their Merit Award. In the event that you no longer receiving full Tuition Assistance the initial Merit Award will be reinstated.

**Scholarship information is for students entering in the 2014-15 school year and for domestic applicants only. International students: please contact the Office of International Programs

Applying for financial aid

Fall 2014 students can apply for aid beginning January 1.

To apply for financial aid, complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online using the following steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Apply for a PIN number. Both the student and parent/s (for dependent students) are required to obtain a PIN. You use the PIN to access your online FAFSA and “sign” the document.
  3. Fill out your FAFSA using your most recent federal tax return or link your FAFSA to the IRS using the data retrieval tool. For 2014-15, the required IRS information is from the 2013 tax year. It takes about 30 minutes to complete the form.
  4. Sign your FAFSA with your PIN and submit. You complete only one FAFSA per year. A report is sent to each school to which you are applying for financial aid. List each school’s code on the FAFSA. The code for Saint Martin’s is 003794.

We are here to help! If you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 360-438-4397 or

First-year or transfer scholarships

Campus Visit Award

Prospective students that visit campus either through a Spirit Day or a formalized campus visit between the dates of July 1, 2014 and February 15, 2015 are eligible to receive a $400 non-renewable award. Students must be an entering first-year or transfer student for the Fall 2015 academic year. Students must apply, be admitted, and ultimately enroll at Saint Martin's University in order to receive the award.

Legacy Award

If your brother, sister, mother, father or grandparent graduated from Saint Martin’s, you may be eligible to receive a $2,000 Legacy Award. List the names of all relatives who attended Saint Martin’s on your Admission application. We will verify their attendance and include the scholarship in your financial aid award.

Athletic Talent Award**

Students participating in our NCAA Division II athletic program may be eligible for an award. Awards are determined and offered by each coach and are done in strict compliance with NCAA regulations. For details, contact Saint Martin’s University Athletic Department at 360-438-4305.

Departmental scholarships**

Scholarships may be offered through various departments at Saint Martin's University. Students are encouraged to directly contact Isabelle Mora, Director of Financial Aid, for additional information regarding scholarship availability and application procedures. Isabelle can be reached by email at

Army ROTC Room and Board Scholarship**

Students receiving an Army ROTC Scholarship are eligible to receive the SMU Army ROTC Room and Board Scholarship. Eligibility is evaluated at the beginning of each semester and the student must be living on campus. The scholarship is capped at the University's double room rate and the silver meal plan. If the student chooses to live in a single occupancy room, the rate may not cover their entire balance.

Family Discount Scholarship

If you have an immediate family member who is currently enrolled at Saint Martin's, you may be eligible to receive a $1,000 Family Discount Award. List the names of all relatives who are currently enrolled at Saint Martin's on your Admission application. We will verify their attendance and include the scholarship to your financial aid award.

First-year ONLY scholarships

Eligibility for first-year scholarships is determined at the time of admission. To ensure consideration for all scholarships, please apply for any scholarships requiring a separate application prior to admission. Retroactive applications will not be considered.

First-year merit awards are based on a combination of unweighted high school GPA, course rigor, class rank, SAT or ACT scores, and community service and leadership experience.

First-year academic merit scholarships

First-year merit awards are based on a combination of high school GPA, class rank, SAT or ACT scores, course rigor and community service and leadership. Admitted students for the Fall of 2014 received the following scholarships. Please note that additional factors such as course rigor, community service and leadership may impact your specific scholarship award.

Chancellor’s Scholarship:
$16,000:year renewable for 4 years
Average GPA:
Average SAT:

President’s Scholarship:
$15,000/year renewable for 4 years
Average GPA:
Average SAT:

Dean’s Scholarship:
$14,000/year renewable for 4 years
Average GPA:
Average SAT:

Faculty Scholarship:
$12,000/year renewable for 4 years
Average GPA:
Average SAT:

University Grant:
$8,000/year renewable for 4 years
Students admitted with the University Grant are on a case by case basis

Benedictine Scholarship

Up to ten students are selected annually to explore the meaning and application of Benedictine values in the context of a 21st century world. Benedictine Scholars are awarded a $10,000 annual scholarship that is renewable over four years. No scholarship application is required; all first-year applicants to Saint Martin’s are considered.

Catholic School Award

Graduates of Catholic high schools are eligible to receive this $2,000 award.

Parish Youth Leadership Scholarship**

Students who are leaders in their Catholic youth organizations are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship. The scholarship is available for those who are not eligible to receive a Catholic School Award. A letter of recommendation from a parish pastor or youth group coordinator is required.

Transfer ONLY scholarships

Saint Martin’s University offers competitive merit and need-based financial aid packages for transfer students. Merit Scholarships are awarded based upon your transfer GPA and do not require a separate application unless otherwise noted. Need-based aid is awarded based upon information from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Transfer academic merit scholarships

Transfer merit awards are based on incoming cumulative GPA. Admitted students for the Fall of 2014 received the following scholarships:

Chancellor’s Scholarship:
Cumulative transfer GPA of at least a 3.4

President’s Scholarship:
Cumulative transfer GPA: 2.86-3.39

University Grant:
Cumulative transfer GPA up to 2.85

Trustee Scholarship**

This $26,000 scholarship is awarded over four semesters to two outstanding transfer students each year. Applicants must have an associate’s degree, a 3.5 GPA, and a strong commitment to community service.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Lacey main campus students with a minimum of 3.5 GPA transferring with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science degrees, or junior standing, and who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. Proof of Phi Theta Kappa membership is required.

All-Washington Academic Team

If you were on the All-Washington Academic Team at your community college and are transferring to Saint Martin's University, you may qualify for a $5,000 scholarship.

Continuing student scholarships

Saint Martin's Alumni Association Scholarship**

Saint Martin’s Alumni Association—an independent, non-profit organization—offers scholarships to fulltime, continuing students. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following the year of application and are contingent on the applicant remaining fulltime.

The application is distributed to all students in an email each spring. Decisions are made by committee and awards are presented at convocation. Award amounts differ from student to student. These are one-year scholarships and may be applied for each year.

This award does not preclude a student from applying for any other awards.

Brandon Keith Pellerin Scholarship

The Brandon Keith Pellerin Scholarship is awarded to one student per year in the amount of $1,000. To be eligible a student must:

  1. Attend full-time at the Lacey campus
  2. Be a Biology major
  3. Maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Demonstrate via written essay not exceeding one page his or her outstanding character, leadership, and/or ability to mentor others.

** Awards that require a separate application.

Tuition and costs

We understand students and families undertake a significant financial commitment and make real sacrifices to attend Saint Martin’s. That's why we work hard to provide the highest quality experience possible, both inside and outside the classroom.

In addition, as one of the most affordable private universities in the Pacific Northwest, we strive to make a Saint Martin’s education as accessible as possible. To aid us in achieving this goal we offer 100 percent of our domestic students some form of financial support.

For more information regarding cost and financial support our Office of Student Financial Services is an excellent resource.

Comprehensive cost (2014–2015)

Comprehensive cost is the total of all costs and can vary from student to student*.

Annual, full-time undergraduate cost breakdown
Tuition and fees $31,688
Room and board** $9,990
Average net price*** $20,765

* Students should budget an additional $2,000 to $4,000 per year for books, transportation and other expenses.
** Reflect the Parsons double and Silver plan. For additional plans visit our Office of Student Financial Services payment options.
† All required fees are applied to the student's account.
***Average net price (which includes tuition/fees, housing and meals) for all full-time undergraduates once scholarships and grants are included — making Saint Martin’s competitive with both public and private universities!