Costs & Financial Aid

Early Fall Start courses cost a flat fee of $1,494 plus a $45 registration fee. The cost is the same for all students, both resident and nonresident. Note that the EFS course costs are separate and in addition to your regular autumn quarter tuition.

Payment Details

Full payment is required when you register for your EFS course. The $1,494 course cost includes a nonrefundable $100 enrollment fee.

If you need to drop or withdraw from your EFS course, there are specific deadlines and policies for a possible refund. See the drops and withdrawals page for details.

A portion of Early Fall Start costs may go towards mementos and refreshments served during various program events and courses.

The EFS course costs and fees do not cover other important costs, such as room and board. See the housing page for more information.

Financial Aid

If you would like to attend Early Fall Start and you have applied for financial aid for the coming academic year, you may file an aid revision request with the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA). You can find the revision request form on the OSFA website or at their office, located on campus at 105 Schmitz Hall. Contact the office at 206-543-6101 or osfa@uw.edu.

Once OSFA receives your request, they will determine if your financial aid award can be increased. Students participating in Early Fall Start are automatically considered for a small pool of scholarship funds, which are awarded based on need. If you do not receive a scholarship, you may be eligible for an increase in student or parent loans. The office will let you know whether you qualify for scholarships or additional financial aid in time for you to decide if you want to participate in Early Fall Start.

Students who qualify for financial aid for Early Fall Start can defer paying for their course until they pay for autumn quarter, when their aid will be disbursed.

Costco Diversity Scholarship

The Costco Diversity Scholarship is a privately funded award for high-achieving, underrepresented minority students at the UW. In addition to the $10,000 annual award — a total of $40,000 for four years of undergraduate study — this scholarship covers the fee for an Early Fall Start Discovery Seminar course. 
 
To be considered for the scholarship, students must apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more on the UW Diversity Scholarship for Freshmen website.