Financial assistance is available to part-time and full-time University College students in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, tax credits, remission, and payment plans.
Federal, State, and Local Government Financial Aid
Students who are admitted to degree and select certificate programs* and take a minimum number of credit hours each semester can be eligible for federal, state, and local government financial aid. Complete the FAFSA to apply for federal grants (Pell) and loans (Stafford), the Missouri Access Program, and the Missouri Marguerite Ross Barnett Scholarship. There is an application form for the Marguerite Ross Barnett Scholarship.
University College Scholarships
Students who are admitted to degree and select certificate programs* and take a minimum number of credit hours each semester can be eligible for both merit and need-based scholarships. More information is available on our scholarships page. Note: Scholarships are not available for students in the Doctor of Liberal Arts program.
Other Financial Aid Resources
- www.studentaid.ed.gov - This is the website of the Federal Student Aid office of the U.S. Department of Higher Education.
- www.finaid.org - A good collection of financial aid tools and links.
- dhe.mo.gov - Click on "Students." This is the Missouri Dept. of Higher Education website. You can also link to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority, also called "Mohela."
- www.nasfaa.org - Click on "Parents and Students" to link to resources for understanding the financial aid process.
- Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid - provides a description of federal student aid programs from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.
- St. Louis Scholarship Foundation - Grants and interest-free student loans available to permanent residents of St. Louis city and county, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, or Warren; the Illinois counties of Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, or St. Clair. Need-based: deadlines for application are April 15 and Nov. 15.
- St. Louis Graduates - a collaborative network of youth-serving college access provider organizations, K-12 education, higher education, philanthropic funders and businesses, all working together to increase the proportion of low-income, first generation and African American students in the St. Louis region who earn a postsecondary degree. It offers an online centralized scholarship application website called Scholarship Central.
- Other choices: www.fastweb.com - A personalized scholarship search engine; and www.collegenet.com - Click on "Scholarship Search." This is another scholarship search engine, plus a wealth of other information on colleges and financial aid.
The Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
The Lifetime Learning federal tax credit may reduce the cost of tuition and fees for college-level courses taken to improve or acquire job skills.
Company-Sponsored Tuition Payment Plans
Many companies in the St. Louis area pay all or part of their employees' tuition. Learn more about tuition reimbursement programs.
Veterans are eligible for University College tuition remission including the Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available on our Military page.
Full-time Washington University employees, individuals ages 60 and over, and University City teachers are eligible for University College tuition remission.
*The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical and Geographic Information Systems programs are eligible for financial aid. For information about students who completed this certificate program is available on our Title IV disclosure page.
Contract Employee Scholarship Program
WUSTL is introducing a scholarship fund for basic services contract employees who work full time on its campuses.
Employees are invited to take classes at University College, WUSTL's evening professional and continuing education division, for free or reduced cost. This important new program will help employees earn a degree, certificate, or simply explore their interests in a stimulating academic setting. More information is available on the contract employee scholarship page.