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Fall 2020 Merit Scholarships

Eligible students must confirm admission to CWU by June 1, 2020 to receive merit aid. This can be done in any one of three ways:

1. Confirm admission for 2020-2021 in MyCWU; OR

2. Pay the 2020-2021 CWU Housing deposit; OR

3. Complete Central 101 online and sign up for 2020-2021 Discover Orientation.

Central Washington University is proud to be one of the best values in education. We are also proud that we award over 17 Million in scholarships each year. Merit scholarships recognize the academic achievements of Washington residents who are new, full-time, First-Year and Transfer students. These awards can only be applied to CWU tuition.

No separate application is required; CWU will use your admissions data to determine eligibility for these awards.


High School GPA Scholarships

High School GPA Merit Tuition Scholarship Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
from 3.70-4.00 President $2,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $5,000
from 3.50-3.69 Trustee $2,000 $1,000 -- -- $3,000
from 3.00-3.49 Wildcat $1,000 $1,000 -- -- $2,000
Requires minimum 2.5 CWU cumulative GPA to renew.


High School Test Scores Scholarships

Test Score Merit Tuition Scholarship Amount
SAT 1200+ or ACT 26+ High School Test Score $750
Non-renewable: offered for one year only.


Transfer Students

Transfer Credits Merit Tuition Scholarship Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Total
less than 45 Transfer $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $4,000
from 45 to 89 Transfer $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 -- $3,000
from 90 to 134 Transfer $1,000 $1,000 -- -- $2,000
from 135 to 180 Transfer $1,000 -- -- -- $1,000
Minimum Transfer GPA 3.5 for Ellensburg campus, 3.25 for online and CWU centers. Requires a minimum 2.5 CWU cumulative GPA to renew.


Additional Merit Scholarships Offered for One Year:

  • Early Scholar: $500 tuition waiver to CWU Cornerstone and Running Start students with at least a 3.00 CWU GPA.

  • Douglas Honors College (DHC): $1,000 tuition waiver to First-Year students in the CWU William O. Douglas Honors College. For more information, go to CWU.Edu/Douglas-Honors.

  • Science Talent Expansion Program (STEP) Majors: $1,000 tuition waiver to eligible First-Year students who participate in the STEP Program. Visit CWU.Edu/STEP for details.

Please note:

Eligible students who apply after February 1st will be considered for merit awards as funds remain available.

The total amount waived cannot exceed 80% of CWU tuition charges. Awards may be reduced if other waivers combine to exceed this limit.

Merit Tuition Scholarships are subject to change on an annual basis without notice.

Fall 2021 Merit Scholarships

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