Tuition, Financial Aid, and WA Residency

Tuition rates and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year (Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarter combined):

  • Resident: $33,651 per year
  • Non-Resident: $55,890 per year

Additional fees include the Health Sciences Fee of $200 per year, course or lab fees $20-$60 per lab/course.


For most up to date quarterly rates or cost per credit hour, please visit the Office of Planning and Budgeting website.

Financial Aid

School of Pharmacy Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy awards annual scholarships primarily on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Other criteria may include pharmacy practice interest area, leadership experience, civic engagement, class year, etc. These allocations are made through a competitive process and designed to supplement financial aid awarded through the UW Office of Student Financial Aid. To be eligible for need-based scholarships the applicant must have submitted a current FAFSA. School of Pharmacy scholarships are typically $1,000 – $3,000, but individual amounts vary.

University of Washington Financial Aid
The UW Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Schmitz Hall in room 105. The UW Office of Student Financial Aid administers federal, state and private financial aid programs designed to help students pay for their education. Assistance is available in the form of tuition waivers, grants and scholarships, work opportunities and loans. An information packet describing the different programs, eligibility criteria and application procedures may be obtained by calling (206) 543-6101 or emailing or by visiting the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

To be eligible for federal financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA), an individual must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen and be admitted to the University as a matriculated, degree-seeking student. Priority consideration is given to students who submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the February deadline.

When should I apply for financial aid?
You should complete the FAFSA form the January preceding the year you intend to begin a Pharm.D. program. Learn more about financial aid at the UW.

Over 18 Credit Surcharge

UW undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are registered for more than 18 credits will be charged additional tuition (a surcharge) for each credit over 18. Because of your PharmD student status, the “Over 18 credit surcharge” is waived. Your tuition rate will remain unchanged for any registration level between 12 and 30 credits. If you register for more than 18 credits in any given quarter, you will see a line item on your tuition statement for the additional credits (it will list “Tuition – Credit-hr surcharge”). Then, possibly a few days later, a separate line item listed as “301019 OVER: 18 HR/O (Account)” will add an equal credit back to your statement, canceling out the charge. Note that we do not recommend registering for more than 20 credits, except for special circumstances (e.g., APPE registration involving a “swing” month). Students should speak to their academic advisor if they are considering a heavy registration load.

Residency & Housing Information

How may I gain residency in Washington?

Students intending to apply for Washington State residency should contact the UW Residency Office for information about establishing A Bona Fide Domicile (resident status). We encourage all students seeking Washington State residency to begin the application process soon after they arrive in Washington State.

Review the following resources:

Where can I find information about housing at the University of Washington?
You may contact the Housing & Food Services Office by email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone (206) 543-4059.