For need-based financial assistance, the contribution toward college costs expected from the student is calculated according to a federally mandated system called federal need analysis, which takes into account many factors representing the family's financial situation.
To receive financial aid, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 3 credits per term in a program leading to a degree or the residency teacher or principal certificate; school superintendent; program administrator & school counseling (for GR students) and the teacher's certification (for post-baccalaureate students).
The Financial Aid Offer
SPU-Church Matching Scholarships up to $500 are awarded to students who are awarded a scholarship from an organized Christian church or missionary organization in the United States or Canada as a result of a scholarship section process. Contact Student Financial Services for further information.
SPU endowed gifts and scholarships. You may contact your respective graduate school coordinator to learn more about endowed gifts and scholarship opportunities that may be available to you. Scholarship and grant directories are available at the Seattle Pacific University Library and in public libraries. Suggested resources include:
Federal Direct Stafford loans. Borrows must submit a FAFSA and meet eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education. Graduate and professional students may borrow up to $20,500 annually. The maximum outstanding total Stafford Loan debt is $138,500 for a graduate or professional student (including loans for undergraduate study). No more than $65,500 of this aggregate amount may be in the form of subsidized loans.
Clinical psychology doctoral students may borrow up to $33,000 (nine-month academic year) or $37,167 (12-month academic year) annually in unsubsidized Stafford loan for a maximum outstanding total subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford Loan debt of $224,000.
The federal Stafford loan interest rate for graduate students is fixed at 6.8 percent. Interest begins accruing immediately on unsubsidized loans; any unpaid interest will capitalize (be added to the loan principal) at repayment. Repayment begins at the conclusion of the six-month grace period following graduation, withdrawal or a drop to less than half-time enrollment. Additional information regarding types of payment plans and deferments is available on the loan master promissory note and from the Direct Loan Program.
Federal Direct graduate PLUS loan. You may request a Grad PLUS loan up to the cost of attendance minus current financial assistance. You must complete the FAFSA and utilize your federal Stafford loan eligibility.
Grad PLUS loans are made through the U.S. Department of Education. Any student is eligible to apply who satisfies the eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Eligibility also depends on a credit check to determine whether the borrower has an adverse credit history. Interest begins accruing immediately and is a fixed rate of 7.9 percent. Direct Grad PLUS loans will receive in-school deferment while the student borrower is enrolled at least half-time and a six-month deferral beginning the day after the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time.
Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. This program benefits current and prospective teachers who agree to teach full time for four years in a federally designated eligible school. This grant is available to students in the ARC, M.I.T., and M.A.T. programs, seeking/intending to receive endorsements in math, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, or as a reading specialist.
The funds from this program are automatically credited to your student account at the beginning of each quarter, provided the following:
Federal work study, on campus. This work study provides part-time employment opportunities for students on campus. You must have applied for financial aid and be awarded work study to be employed in the federal work-study program — and graduate students must request to be considered for federal work-study through Student Financial Services.
State work-study employment, off campus. Students must have applied for financial aid and been awarded work study to be employed in the state work-study program — and graduate students must be Washington state residents and request consideration for state work study through Student Financial Services. This program is sponsored by the state of Washington, and the participating employers are reimbursed by the state for a portion of the wages they pay work-study students.
Washington State Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program. The Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment program is designed to encourage outstanding students and paraprofessionals to become teachers, and to encourage current teachers to obtain additional endorsements in teacher-shortage subjects.
To be eligible for this program:
Visit the Washington Student Achievement Council for additional information and application process.
Note: The combination of all sources of financial aid (grants, scholarships, loans, and work study) cannot exceed the cost of attendance as determined by SFS.
Disbursement of Financial Aid
To remain eligible for financial assistance, you are expected to meet qualitative and quantitative academic requirements.
Minimum Grade Point Average
Minimum Credit Requirement
Maximum Time Frame
Consequences of Unsatisfactory Progress
Appeals for Reinstatement of Eligibility
Results of Appeals (Probation)
Appeals will be approved only if the student will be able to meet satisfactory progress after the next quarter or Student Financial Services has approved an academic plan with the student that, if followed, will ensure the student is able to make satisfactory progress by a designated point in time.
Students with an approved appeal will be considered to be on financial aid probation. Students on probation may receive aid for one probationary quarter. After the probation quarter, students must meet the Satisfactory Progress standards or the requirements of their academic plan, failure to do so will mean a forfeit of eligibility for financial assistance.