Financial Aid Application Deadlines

All NCS programs, including certificate programs, are eligible for federal financial aid and veterans benefits for qualifying students. Financial aid is not available for students taking fewer than 6 credits.

New students must be admitted to the university and have completed the FAFSA (including any additional information requested by SU) before a financial aid award letter can be prepared. Students may apply for financial assistance year-round; however, we suggest you file by the dates below to be assured that your financial aid will be available by the beginning of the term:

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: August 1
  • Winter: November 1
  • Spring: February 1

Financial Aid Application Process

To determine your financial aid eligibility, please complete the following steps:

  1. Fill in your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  2. To ensure that your FAFSA is sent to Seattle U, indicate our school code (003790) on the FAFSA. If the first quarter you will attend is summer, then there is an additional step. Please read the “Summer Quarter Aid” section below;
  3. Submit your FAFSA;
  4. Fill in an application and be sure to include your social security number where requested.

Continuing Students

Students must file a FAFSA each year they want to be considered for financial aid eligibility. A new FAFSA is available each year on October 1st.

Continuing students must also complete the Enrollment Status Form (ESF) by February 15th each year that financial aid is desired. The ESF is used to disburse aid appropriately for each term of anticipated enrollment. To be considered on time for priority awarding and a timely award letter, students must complete their FAFSA by the February 15th deadline each year.

Federal regulations require that all students who receive financial aid must maintain satisfactory academic progress and be working toward an eligible degree or certificate. A failing grade, dropping, withdrawing or hardship withdrawing from classes, or receiving “N” grades may affect students’ eligibility for financial aid.

Students are strongly encouraged to seek financial aid counseling immediately if concerned about their academic progress and the potential impact on their financial aid.

Please note: if you plan to take classes in the summer and wish to be considered for summer financial aid, please read the information in “Summer Quarter Aid” section below.

Summer Quarter Aid

For summer session financial aid consideration, students must complete the FAFSA form for the upcoming year because summer is the first term of each financial aid award year. They must also submit an SU Summer Aid Application via MySeattleU.  To do so, login to mySeattleU and select Financial Aid and then Summer Aid Application. 

The summer aid application becomes available when advance summer registration opens during the previous spring quarter.  Students should complete and submit the summer aid application as soon as summer registration has been completed. For more details, go to Seattle University's Availability of Summer Quarter Aid.

Additional Funding Opportunities

All NCS students receive a significant discount to the standard Seattle University tuition rate and, therefore, are ineligible for institutional aid.

Many employers offer tuition discounts or reimbursements to employees who are continuing their education. Check with your human resources office to see if your place of employment offers tuition assistance and if you qualify.

Washington State provides some additional funding opportunities to students. You are encouraged to reach out to these organizations and find out whether you can take advantage of the support they offer.