Puget Sound’s financial aid program is made up of a variety of scholarships and grants that are funded by tuition revenue, endowment earnings, and gifts. Part of every tuition dollar goes to support Puget Sound aid programs. Additionally, many scholarships and grants are provided through the financial commitments of Puget Sound alumni and friends.
The majority of scholarships are offered to undergraduate students at the point of admission and are subsequently renewed provided the student meets renewal criteria. A limited number of named scholarships are available to currently enrolled students who meet specific selection criteria established by donors.
Puget Sound grant assistance is awarded to undergraduate students based on demonstrated financial need. The amount of grant awarded may vary each year depending upon the level of financial need and other scholarship or grant assistance received.
A limited number of Puget Sound fellowships are offered to graduate students in the occupational therapy and physical therapy programs.
Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. The amount of grant awarded is determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as calculated by the FAFSA. Pell Grant amounts change yearly; please visit studentaid.gov/pell-grant for amounts.
SEOGs are awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients. The maximum SEOG award is $2,000 anually.
TEACH grants, up to $3,752, are available for graduate students who intend to teach in an elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income families.
IASGs, up to $5,692.73, are available for students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of performing military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. Students must be ineligible for a Federal Pell Grant due to having less financial need than is required to receive Federal Pell Grant funds and must have been younger than 24 years old or enrolled at least part-time at the time of the parent or guardian's death.
The Washington College Grant or WCG (formerly State Need Grant or WSNG) program helps the state's lowest-income undergraduates. Eligibility is determined by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Please be sure to review the conditions of this award available here.
For information on state grant assistance for students from states other than Washington, please click here.
Private or outside scholarships may help you with your college expenses. You can access links to a number of outside scholarship resources on our website.
Please let us know about your scholarships so that we can include them on your billing invoice. You may report your scholarships by sending an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outside scholarships will be applied to any remaining unmet financial need. If your need has already been met with other federal, state, or Puget Sound need-based aid, additional scholarships will result in your need-based aid being reduced. Reductions occur in the following order: loan assistance, work study, and finally Puget Sound grant assistance. Puget Sound grant programs are need-based awards and will be reduced in a financial aid package if the total amount of all scholarships combined with the grant assistance exceeds financial need.