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Merit Scholarships

We now have a small number of partial merit scholarships available for outstanding applicants. They will be awarded based on the merit of an applicant's writing. An MFA scholarship cuts the total cost of the program by nearly one third, making it one of the best scholarship opportunities on the low-residency MFA market. There is no separate application to apply for a scholarship. Recipients will be notified at the time of acceptance into the program.

Financial Aid Application Process

  1. Be admitted to an SPU graduate program (graduate students must be taking at least three credits to maintain eligibility).
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form annually and mail it to Federal Student Aid Programs (applicants must be determined to have need).
  3. Be prepared to submit additional documentation required to verify eligibility upon request.

Please note that Seattle Pacific University does not have financial aid or scholarships available for international graduate students.

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Seattle Pacific does not have a deadline for financial aid applications for graduate students; however, it is to the student's advantage to apply as early as possible.

Financial Aid Programs Available for U.S. Graduate Students

  • Federal Stafford Loan: Up to $8,500 maximum per year, depending on eligibility.
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan: Alone or in combination with Federal Stafford Loan, cannot exceed $18,500 per year.

Federal or State Work-Study: Part-time employment opportunities for students.

NOTE: The combination of all sources of financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance determined by Student Financial Services.

For additional information about financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services at (206) 281-2061 or e-mail sfs-info@spu.edu.