Financial Aid for Undergraduates

Lezli Fang
Director of Financial Aid
Yanela Morgan
Financial Aid Officer


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Affording a UWest Education

The cost of attending college is at an all-time high. But there are also more opportunities for scholarships and aid than ever before. UWest makes it a priority to keep our tuition prices low, and we also do everything we can to help our students find and apply for federal, state, and local grants and scholarships. We are partners in financing your education — so, let’s get started!


  1. Earn good grades so you can qualify for scholarships.
  2. Research and apply for scholarships offered by your university and private resources using scholarship search engines such as or College
  3. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available October 1. If you are a California resident, your FAFSA is also your application for Cal Grant. You must file your FAFSA by March 2 Cal Grant deadline.
  4. After your FAFSA is processed, review the Student Aid Report to learn your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for your education. The EFC is what the federal government expects your family/support system to contribute toward your college expenses. It’s used to determine how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive for any college.
  5. Get part-time work to save for college



  1. Reviews your FAFSA and Cal Grant (California residents only) data and academic information.
  2. Creates the best possible financial aid award package for you (after you have been admitted) that may include:
    1. Scholarships (based on your academic achievements and/or financial need)
    2. Federal and state grants
    3. Federal student loans
    4. Federal Work-Study
  3. Commits to providing scholarship opportunities to undergraduate students like you to afford a UWest education (as we have been doing since 2006).

How Much Will It Cost to Attend UWest?

Cost Amount
(based on $538 per unit for 24 undergraduate units)
Room and Board
(Average cost if you live on campus)
Mandatory Fees (estimate) $1,106
Total Direct Cost $23,674

(Costs based on the 2022–2023 academic year)

Here are ways you can reduce your UWest tuition cost:

UWest offers merit scholarships based on academic achievement that can lower your costs.

Select first-year and transfer students can earn $6,000/year in renewable merit scholarships. You can renew these scholarships every year as long as you are in good academic standing.

Select dreamer students can earn $10,000/year in renewable scholarships.

First-year students can apply for additional $2,000/year in renewable merit scholarship, sponsored by AJ Wang Scholarship Foundation, a private scholarship foundation in partnership with UWest.

You may also qualify for renewable federal and state grants.

Federal need-based aid includes the Pell Grant, which helps students with up to $6,895/year in 2022-23. If you are a California resident, you may qualify for up to $9,358/year in 2022-23.

Private donor scholarships, student loans, and work-study can help make the difference.

Depending on your financial situation, you may qualify for a range of private donor scholarships, low-interest student loans, and on-campus work-study jobs (which also provide great work experience).

Your actual cost will be less than you expect for an exceptional education.


Fact: 80% of UWest students received some form of financial aid.


How do I pay for the rest?

  • Outside scholarships
  • Family/support system & friends
  • Employment
  • Educational savings plans
  • Private student loan

The bottom line is different for every student. While the direct costs from UWest remain the same, the contributions from you and your family/support system will vary. Check out our Net Price Calculator » to get an estimate of financial aid specifically for you.

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


Outstanding International Student Scholarship
June 1 – International Students