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Prospective Students


CWU Employee Dependent Tuition Waiver Program

Eligible dependents of CWU Employees may have up to 50% of their tuition waived at CWU.  For more information, contact Human Resources or access this waiver request form.

The Douglas Honors College Tuition Awards

First-time freshmen who participate in the Douglas Honors College will receive a $1,000 tuition award.  For more information, visit the Douglas Honors College webpage.

Science Talent Expansion Program

First-time freshmen that participate in the STEP program will receive a $1,050 tuition award.  For more information, visit the STEP webpage.



Incoming freshman and continuing students may complete the Scholarship Central application to be considered for the many CWU Foundation scholarships available. Applications are accepted each year from October 1st to February 1st for incoming freshman, transfer students and continuing students. Students complete the Scholarship Central application here

Prospective students who do not have a CWU username and password can see their potential scholarships by creating an account here. Be advised, you must be a full-time CWU student to recieve any of the awards listed in Scholarship Central. 


Performance and Talent Awards

The departments of Athletics, Music and Theatre Arts offer aid based on demonstrated ability to academically qualified students. Individual coaches identify recipients through their recruiting process. For more information, visit the CWU Wildcat Athletics website.  The scholarships offered by the Departments of Music and Theatre Arts are available to both entering and currently enrolled students at CWU and are granted by audition. For more information, visit their respective websites.

To qualify for a Performance Tuition Award given by Music or Theatre Arts, you must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA for each term to continue receiving your award.

The Deans' Scholars Program

Each College Dean has funds available for academically gifted incoming freshmen or continuing students. Students receiving aid from the Deans' Scholars Program must maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA for each term to continue receiving the award.

Financial Aid

Students who want to receive any state, federal, or institutional (grants, scholarships, tuition awards, work study, and loans) must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Financial Aid Office priority deadline of February 1 each year to be considered. Applications received after the priority deadline will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis subject to available funding. 

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