Museology students are eligible for all forms of financial aid with the exception of state-funded University of Washington scholarships and grants. For further information on financial aid, visit the following web sites:

UW Office of Student Financial Aid
Office of Student Financial Aid - Fee-based Degree Website 
U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid 
VA loans and Veteran’s benefits 
The Graduate School 
Work Study information   

General Eligibility

To qualify for aid you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen. International students may apply for the University's Family Housing or Child Care Assistance Program.
  • be admitted to the University in an approved degree or certificate program
  • not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a grant or loan for which you were not eligible;
  • not have loans in excess of the aggregate limits of the aid programs;
  • not be disqualified based on a conviction for a drug-related offense while you were enrolled in school and receiving federal student aid;
  • be registered with the Selective Service (if required);
  • be making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree;
  • provide financial information as required.

In general, students whose FAFSA is received after February 28, part-time and post-baccalaureate (5th year) students are considered for only limited types of aid. However, if you are in a degree or approved certificate program, you may still be eligible to apply for the Federal Direct Loan programs.

Apply for Aid

University of Washington students use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid. The FAFSA should be received at the federal processor by February 28 for priority consideration for our aid programs for the following school year.

Go to http://www.pin.ed.gov to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the U.S. Department of Education if you don't already have one. After you receive your PIN, go to http://fafsa.gov and follow directions to file the FAFSA (and signature page if directed to do so).

File your FAFSA as soon after January 1as possible, noting University of Washington, Code #003798 in Step 6.

Application for financial aid is separate from application for admission. For priority consideration, you must meet our financial aid deadline (your FAFSA must be dated and received by the Federal Processor by February 28) even if you don't know whether you will be accepted for admission.

If you do not want to use FAFSA on the Web, you can obtain a paper version FAFSA by calling 1-800-4FEDAID. All applications must be received by the federal processor by February 28 for priority consideration for our aid programs.

We recommend you transmit your application (or mail the form) no later than February 15.

Although the FAFSA requests "actual" tax information, estimates are acceptable and may be used to meet the February 28 priority deadline.

Work-Study 

Many of our students qualify for Work Study grants that support paying part-time work in area museums and research environments. To find out more about Federal Work Study eligibility and financial aid, please see the Graduate Student Office of Financial Aid Webpage. Work Study positions held by Museology students include:

  • Collections Assistant, Archaeology Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Collections Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Collections Assistant, Ornithology Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Curatorial Assistant, Ethnology Division, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Development Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Education Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
  • Exhibitions Assistant, Henry Art Gallery
  • Outreach Coordinator, Henry Art Gallery
  • Public Relations Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture 
  • Publications Coordinator, Museology Graduate Program, University of Washington
  • Registration Assistant, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture