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Incoming Freshmen

Welcome!  The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA) works with students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington.  We look forward to working with you once you become a UW student.

OMSFA is not involved with the process that selects incoming students for admissions-based scholarships.  However, as a student interested in enrollment at the University of Washington, the following information and links offer some sources of scholarship information for incoming students.

Prospective incoming freshman to the University of Washington will not need to develop a separate application for admissions scholarships.  To be considered for admissions-based scholarships, you will need to submit your admissions application for the University of Washington by the priority deadline of December 1st. The University of Washington provides a limited number of admissions-based scholarships for incoming students with a smaller number given to non-resident students.  

Those interested in the UW Honors Program Admissions Scholarships must connect with UW Honors Program for admissions instructions. A small number of prospective students are selected for Freshman Direct Admission into the Business School and into a few Engineering programs. Once selected for direct admission, students will receive additional information about whether they were selected for departmental scholarships.

Incoming freshman student-athletes can access information about UW athletic programs and how they support student-athletes at

UW Admissions Office will provide students with information about resources and programs.

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides information on applying for, qualifying for, and receiving financial aid, including need-based scholarships. 

Search the list of scholarships in our database open to incoming students.

There are many good, free, online scholarship search tools to search through many additional scholarship opportunities. Here are a few we recommend as starting points, but there are many others:

Consider your options broadly. There are scholarships geared toward students’ academic interests, students’ heritage, students’ gender, students’ future goals, other personal aspects of you, etc.  Also, consider scholarships for both the short-term and the long-term, not just those you can apply for right now, but several years in the future as well. Document your search efforts and keep track of the scholarships that look good but for which you might not yet be eligible

The University of Washington does not participate, at the undergraduate level, in any programs that allow out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition.