Apply for Financial Assistance

Applying for assistance at The George Washington University is an important step in preparing for undergraduate and graduate study.

Learn how to apply for Undergraduate Financial Assistance


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GW offers both need-based and non-need-based scholarships.  The university is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence and rewards qualified students with academic merit scholarships. Approximately 24 percent of freshmen receive merit-based financial assistance. Even though you may meet the qualifications for several scholarships, only one will be awarded.

Non-need scholarships for entering freshmen

The university offers a number of non-need scholarships for entering freshmen, most of which are determined at the time of admission and no application is required. Freshmen awarded one of our non-need scholarships are guaranteed this award for up to 10 consecutive semesters as long as they maintain continuous full-time enrollment and satisfactory academic progress. Below is a list of these scholarships. Details about these scholarships are given on the Apply pages of our Web site.

  •  Presidential Academic Scholarships
  • Presidential International Scholarship
  • Engineering Scholarships
  • Seven-Year Integrated B.A./M.D.
  • Arts Scholarships
  •  Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholars
  • Scottish Rite Scholarship
  • ROTC Scholars

Non-need scholarships for entering transfers

The university has several scholarships for transfer students who have demonstrated achievement in selected areas prior to coming to GW. These scholarships are listed below. More detailed information can be found in the Apply pages of our Web site.

  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Alpha Beta Gamma
  • Engineering Scholarship
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Need-Based Scholarships

In addition to merit-based scholarship awards, the university grants several need-based scholarship awards. Receipt of these awards is based on financial need as demonstrated through the financial aid application as well as academic and extracurricular achievements.

  • The Board of Trustees Scholarship--The Board of Trustees Scholarship (BOT) is available to academically excellent students who also demonstrate eligibility for need-based assistance according to GW’s financial aid policy.
  • University Scholarships—Need-based tuition scholarships, including endowed awards listed in the Bulletin, are available to academically excellent students working on their first undergraduate degree. We automatically will consider all aid applicants for these awards and do not need additional applications.

Outside Scholarships

Outside scholarships may be available to you through community groups, your high school or other organizations. The Office of Financial Assistance must be notified if you receive a scholarship from an outside source. It may affect your financial aid eligibility depending on individual circumstances and the amount of the scholarship.

Student Aid Initiative

The Student Aid Initiative

The Student Aid Initiative launched by GW President Steven Knapp set the goal to quadruple philanthropic support for need-based financial aid over the next five years.

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