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 may be eligible for federal, state, and local government financial aid. Learn more about how to apply for financial aid.
Complete the FAFSA to apply for federal grants (Pell) and loans (Stafford), and the Missouri Access Program.
* The Post-Baccalaureate Premedical and Geographic Information Systems certificate programs are eligible for financial aid.
Employer Tuition Reimbursement
Many companies in the St. Louis area pay all or part of their employees' tuition. If your employer has a tuition reimbursement plan that pays all or part of your tuition, you can defer all or part of the tuition until the end of the semester. Learn more about the program on our Tuition & Fees page.
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.
Tuition Assistance & Remission Programs
- WashU Contractor Services Scholarship Program
Contract employees who work full time on WashU's campuses are encouraged to take classes at University College for free or reduced cost. This program allows employees to earn a degree, certificate, or simply explore their interests in a stimulating academic setting. Learn more about the Contractor Services Scholarship program.
- Half-tuition for Individuals 60 and Over
People 60 years of age and over may enroll for credit in most University College courses at one-half the regular tuition. Exceptions include Applied Music, Doctor of Liberal Arts, Independent Courses (i.e. Independent Study, Directed Research, Master's Thesis), Special Programs (i.e. M.S. Biology for Science Teachers), and courses in which enrollment is limited. This discount cannot be combined with the WashU Tuition Assistance benefit, University College scholarships or military benefits. A birth certificate, driver's license, or other official verification of age is required at the time of registration.
- St. Louis Area Civic & School District Tuition Assistance
Clayton City, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and University City employees and school district teachers are eligible to take classes at half the standard University College tuition. Learn more about the St. Louis Area Civic & School District Tuition Assistance program.
- WashU Tuition Assistance
Full-time WashU employees and their families are eligible for University College tuition remission. Learn more about WashU's Tuition Assistance program.
University College Scholarships
Students who are admitted to degree and select certificate programs* and take a minimum number of credit hours each semester may be eligible for both merit and need-based scholarships. Learn more about available University College scholarships.
* The Geographic Information Systems certificate program is eligible for financial aid.
Veterans are eligible for University College tuition remission including the Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about available University College veterans benefits.