Financial Aid for Graduates

Lezli Fang
Director of Financial Aid


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Working Together to Pay For Your Education

You are already making one of the most important decisions of your life: to pursue the next chapter in your academic career.

UWest does everything we can to help our graduate students find and apply for federal, state, and local grants and scholarships, so they can focus on their academics. We are partners in financing your education!


Low Tuition and Scholarships Keep Your Debt in Check

Our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with affordable tuition.

Did you know that UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private, accredited university in the nation? 1/3 of the tuition cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California!

To make graduate education affordable, we also extend financial aid through merit scholarships, work-study, and student loans.

Select graduate students can qualify for $7,000/year in merit scholarships.

Select PhD students can earn $9,000/year in merit scholarships. You can renew these scholarships every year as long as you are in good academic standing.

80% of our students currently receive some form of aid.


How Much Will It Cost to Attend UWest?

On Campus
Off Campus
Tuition ($732/unit)
Mandatory Fees
(Average cost if you live on campus)
Total Direct Costs

Costs based on the 2024–2025 academic year. UWest does not provide any meal plans for students. The estimated annual cost of food is $7,560 if living on campus. Students residing off-campus are not charged for food and housing. The estimated annual cost of food and housing is $22,086 for students living off-campus.


A detailed overview of a Graduate Program’s Costs for the 2024-2025 academic year can be viewed here.

Important Dates

President’s Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, and UWest Scholarship
April 1 – Current Students


Lotus Scholarship
April 1 – All Students in Eligible Programs


Metta Scholarship
April 1 – Incoming Domestic Transfers and HS Graduates


Dream Scholarship
June 1 – Incoming Dreamer students
 AJ Wang Scholarship
June 1 – Incoming Domestic HS Graduates


Golden Benefactor Awards
Fall, first Monday following the last day of the previous Spring semester
Spring, first Monday following the last day of the previous Fall semester


IBEF Scholarship / Fellowship / Research Grant
November 15 – Spring
May 1 – Fall