Financial Aid
Receiving Financial Aid

Institutional Gift Aid Guarantee

  • Seattle University guarantees the amount of institutional gift aid (grants and/or scholarships) that incoming undergraduate students will receive each year over the course of their attendance at the university. After the student has submitted all documents and/or information requested by SU and the initial year's institutional gift aid award has been finalized, that amount will remain constant for each year of the student's eligibility as long as the student is continuously enrolled, continues to make satisfactory academic progress and files a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.

    While the names of the grants and/or scholarships that make up the student's gift aid may change from year-to-year, the total dollar amount of institutional grants and scholarships will not total less than that received in the student's initial year. Institutional gift aid is awarded only for fall, winter and spring quarters. It is not available for summer quarters.

    For incoming freshmen, institutional gift aid is guaranteed for four years (12 quarters) to apply toward one degree with one major. For incoming transfer students, the institutional gift aid guarantee is for the number of years remaining to expected degree completion based on the class standing assigned by the Office of the Registrar when the transfer student is admitted. For example, institutional gift aid for a transfer student admitted as a junior will be guaranteed for two years (six quarters).

    Students must be continuously enrolled at Seattle University to retain their institutional gift aid guarantee. If, for example, a student leaves Seattle University for two quarters and then returns, the guarantee made initially is no longer in effect.

    Because institutional gift aid is guaranteed at the same level for each year a student maintains eligibility, and tuition often increases from year to year, it's important for students and their families to have a financial plan in place for the entire span of the student's enrollment.