Financial Aid, Scholarships & Awards

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UW PharmD students are encouraged to seek financial support from a variety of funding sources, including federal financial aid and School of Pharmacy scholarships. The following sections describe the processes, eligibility, and restrictions for aid packages administered by the UW Office of Financial Aid and scholarships administered by the School of Pharmacy.

School of Pharmacy Scholarships

Andrew Brusletten, Senior Administrative Director, Office of Professional Pharmacy Education (206) 543-5818

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, language ability, diversity activity or self-identification, class year, and first-generation student status. Scholarship decisions are made through a competitive process, and funds are intended to supplement financial aid awarded through the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.

Applicants must submit a current FAFSA in order to be eligible for need-based awards. School of Pharmacy scholarships are typically $1,000 – $3,000, but individual amounts vary. Students receiving these scholarships are not required to notify the Office of Student Financial Aid of a change in financial resources, since Student Services will make this notification on students’ behalf. Students incurring other changes in financial resources (i.e., unexpected increase or decrease in personal funds) need to notify the UW Office of Financial Aid themselves.

School of Pharmacy Scholarship Process

  • Scholarship applications are made available to incoming and current students in Spring Quarter of the year prior to the disbursement. An application deadline is established, and late or missing applications will not be considered.
  • Student Services notifies scholarship recipients of their award during or before Autumn Quarter.
  • Recipients are then required to meet the following requirements:
    • Submit a letter thanking the donor by a specified deadline.
    • Attend the Scholarship Reception in Winter Quarter (except for recipients of selected scholarships, which do not have a living donor). Details will be sent to you with your scholarship notification.
  • Assuming recipients have met the requirements above, the scholarship funds will be disbursed to their tuition account toward the end of Winter Quarter. The funds will not be disbursed to recipients who do not meet the requirements.

Note: If you have an extenuating circumstance and cannot attend the scholarship reception, you must contact Student Services as soon as possible. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

UW Office of Student Financial Aid

UW Office of Student Financial Aid, 105 Schmitz Hall
Pharmacy Liaison: Luke Brist (206) 685-2048 (
General Office: (206) 543-6101
Health Professions Student Loans Liaison: Linda Olsen (206) 543-6101 (

Financial Aid Eligibility and Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements

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 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 the Office of Student Financial Aid at

To be eligible for financial aid through the Office of Student Financial Aid, an individual must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or other non-eligible citizen and admitted to the University as a matriculated, degree-seeking student.

Please note for all quarters, including Summer Quarter, registration for 11 or fewer credits is classified as part-time enrollment. This will result in being considered only for subsidized, unsubsidized, GUG and GPlus loans. Enrollment in twelve (12) or more credits is classified as full-time and allows students to also be considered for other types of aid, such as the Perkins loans, graduate exemption and grants, and Health Profession loans.

A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a Renewal Application must be completed listing the University of Washington (Title IV school code 003798) to determine eligibility for financial aid. We recommend filing your FAFSA by the priority deadline in February, or if only applying for financial aid during Summer Quarter, at least 12 weeks prior to the beginning of Summer Quarter.

To be considered for Summer Quarter financial aid, you must also submit the UW summer aid application. It is important to file by the May deadline for priority processing. Normal processing time for Summer Quarter aid can take up to eight weeks depending upon when you submitted your FAFSA and if additional information is needed to evaluate your eligibility.

International students who have a SSN (obtained in order to work their allotment of hours on campus) must file the FAFSA in order to provide financial need data to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Even though they are ineligible for federal aid (and their application will show as “rejected”), the OSFA can use their data for needs assessment.

International students without a SSN can submit the Financial Need Assessment Form for Non-Citizen/Permanent Residents, which the OSFA will use to determine need.

Important: If at any time you incur a change in your resources, you must contact the Office of Student Financial Aid immediately, and submit a Revision Request so that your financial aid can be adjusted accordingly.

The School of Pharmacy follows the University policy regarding annual credit requirements and the maximum time frame for degree completion. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

  • Annual Credit Requirement – Graduate and professional students must successfully complete 67% of the credits attempted in Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.
  • Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion – All graduate and professional students are expected to complete their degree program within a maximum time frame, which cannot exceed 150% of the average credits needed to complete the degree program.
  • The School of Pharmacy’s minimum grade point average and standards for academic progression is listed in Grading Policies and Procedures.

For more information on forms, processes, procedures, and deadlines, please contact Andrew Brusletten, Administrative Director, (206) 543-5818 or

Withdrawals, Tuition Forfeitures and Refunds

If you drop, withdraw or stop attending school, please see UW policy by visiting Student Fiscal Services.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Consult the AACP Financial Aid and Scholarships page for pharmacy-specific funding opportunities.