Financial Aid and Scholarships

At Central Washington University, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality education, regardless of their financial background.

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Our dedicated team of experts is here to guide you through the application process and answer any questions you have. Join our Wildcat Family today—because we know you belong at CWU.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid helps you find the resources to fund your future. Learn more about grants, loans, and work study.

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Explore the different programs and resources of the Scholarships department

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Student Accounts

The Student Accounts Office helps current students pay their tuition. Learn more about how paying for college works.

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Apply for Aid

Applying for aid begins with completing the FAFSA or WAFSA. Once your information is received by CWU, we’ll use the information provided to determine your eligibility for financial aid. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

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Our Financial Aid Impact


in Scholarships and Waivers Awarded

in 2021-2022

Over $137 Million

Aid Distributed to Students

in 2021-2022


Students Received a Pell Grant

in 2021-2022

Your Financial Aid Pathway

Some students may qualify for additional aid or follow a different financial aid pathway.

Passport Student

If you are a student with connections to foster care, homeless, or at risk of homelessness, you may be eligible to participate in the Passport to College Program. Learn more about Passport to College Offerings.

Undocumented Students

Undocumented students and DACA recipients have options. You can apply for state aid and we will be more than happy to assist you in the process. If you are unsure if you should complete a FAFSA or a WASFA, complete the WASFA Eligibility Questionnaire.

At CWU, we embrace and celebrate diversity in all forms, including immigration status. To learn more about the resources available to undocumented students, please refer to our comprehensive Undocumented Student Resource Guide.

Veteran and Military Students

CWU offers additional waivers and grants to active military and veteran students to help cover college costs. Learn more about Veteran and Military Student Aid Resources.

International Students

If you are an International Student on an F or J visa, learn more about Financial Resources and Scholarships for International Students.


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