Scholarships

Promoting Your Educational Success

One of the biggest challenges of earning a degree is figuring out how to finance it. At City University of Seattle, we’re dedicated to promoting your success in education and in your career by offering a variety of scholarships based on merit and need. It’s our goal to help you find the resources you need to pay for tuition and reach your goals. Explore our scholarship offerings below!

Scholarships are reviewed for each of the four quarters of an academic year from July 1 through June 30. Applicants will be notified of awards via CityU email.

If you have specific questions about scholarships, email CityU’s Financial Aid Office.

Notifications for scholarships are sent out by the first of each quarter:

  • Summer Quarter: July 1
  • Fall Quarter: October 1
  • Winter Quarter: January 1
  • Spring Quarter: April 1

U.S. Domestic Program Scholarships

All U.S. domestic students may apply for this scholarship. This scholarship must be used for tuition only and will be awarded on a financial need basis.

Scholarship award

Average award $500, up to $2,500 per quarter

Number of awards

Varies per quarter and academic year

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Open to Seattle Promise students transferring from qualifying Seattle colleges within the Seattle Colleges System.

Scholarship award

Up to $10,000 maximum, $1,250 per quarter

Number of awards

No limit

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This scholarship opportunity is designed to support the inclusion of diverse teachers and the students working to become teachers and administrators.

Scholarship award

$2,000

Number of awards

8

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This scholarships opportunity is designed to attract highly committed, capable, and diverse cohorts of students who will enter key professional roles in the state’s behavioral health sector via CityU’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Master of Arts in Counseling: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program.

Scholarship award

Up to $51,500 over two years.

Number of awards

– No limit for 2023-24.
– 9 awards for 2024-2025 (6 for Clinical Mental Health tracks and 3 for Marriage and Family Therapy tracks)

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This scholarship is for students admitted and enrolled in an eligible teacher certification program.

Scholarship award

Up to $4,000 for tuition only and $400 for testing fees

Number of awards

Varies per academic year.

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All U.S. domestic students transferring with at least 45 credit hours within the last 18 months from a Washington State Community or Technical College.

Scholarship award

15% discount from tuition

Number of awards

No limit.

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U.S. Domestic Program for International Students Scholarships

CityU offers merit scholarships to first-time CityU international students who have achieved an outstanding academic record within their last school year.

Scholarship award

$5,000

Number of awards

Varies per quarter and academic year

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CityU offers merit scholarships to first-time CityU international students who have achieved an outstanding academic record within their last school year.

Scholarship award

$2,000

Number of awards

Varies per quarter and academic year

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This need-based scholarship is for international students who have completed at least three consecutive quarters of full-time study at CityU.

Scholarship award

$3,000

Number of awards

12

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Canadian Program Scholarships

If you are a student attending City University in Canada, please visit their Scholarship Page to view scholarship opportunities.

Other Scholarship Resources

We have compiled a list of external scholarship and grant resources which we offer as an additional reference for students. These resources are not affiliated with the university.

Scholarship FAQs


Scholarship applications update on the www.cityu.edu/scholarships website in May for the upcoming Academic Year that starts with summer quarter. Students can submit applications at that time for the next quarter. Once a scholarship deadline expires, applications will open up for the next quarter. For example, in May applications can be submitted for summer quarter and when that deadline expires, applications will open up for fall quarter.
Yes, if you meet the eligibility criteria for multiple scholarships, you can apply for each eligible scholarship. If you are also awarded multiple scholarships, they will be applied to your school account to cover your tuition charges.
If you submitted a scholarship application and did not receive an automated confirmation email, please reach out to scholarships@cityu.edu to ensure your application was received.
We will use your first received application and then mark the subsequent applications will be marked as duplicates. If you want us to consider a certain scholarship application when multiple are sent of the same application, please contact us at scholarships@cityu.edu to let us know which one to use.
It depends. The data is taken from the last completed quarter because the deadline for scholarships falls in the middle of an active quarter and not all students have received grades for their classes by the deadline date. If the credits/GPA from your current quarter made you eligible for the scholarship and you are not eligible without considering that information, then you are not eligible. If you have met the minimum criteria in previous quarters, then you are eligible regardless of what your grades/credits completed are from your current quarter. The application will let you know which quarter the information should be taken from.
CityU has limited funds to award students and all our scholarships are competitive. Many students applying are in similar academic and financial situations as you are. When that is the case, refining the other scholarship requirements (resume, essay, etc.) can help to set you apart from other students.
U.S. and U.S. International students share one pool of funds while Canadian students share a separate pool of funds. Within that, there are quarters where the top candidates are awarded scholarships and some quarters where the top candidates within the school (School of Education & Leadership, School of Technology & Computing, School of Business & Management and School of Health & Social Science) are awarded.
  • Plan ahead
    • Don’t procrastinate
    • Give yourself plenty of time to review and edit your responses
    • Be aware of the deadline date
  • Talk about your accomplishments
  • State your need
    • What is your financial situation?
    • Do you work?
    • Do you receive support from your family?
    • Do you receive financial aid?
  • Keep it simple
    • Don’t use unnecessary words (i.e., don’t use three words when one will do)
    • Don’t include unnecessary information just to “fill the page”
  • Make it easy on your reader
    • Have someone else read your responses for clarity (this can be a friend, co-worker, family, etc.)
    • Write complete sentences and paragraphs
    • SPELL CHECK – make sure words are used correctly (e.g.,: “two,” “to,” “too;” or “there,” “their,” or “they’re;” “its” or “it’s,” etc.)
  • ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS
    • Who are you?
    • Why are you who you are?
    • What are you doing?
    • What have you done?
    • Where are you now?
    • Where are you going?
    • How are you going to get there?
    • Why do you need a scholarship?
    • How will it make a difference?
    • How did you make the decision to continue your education?
Scholarship notifications are sent out to all applicants by the first of the quarter regarding the status of their application and will be sent to the student’s school email address.
Congratulations! Your scholarship funds are disbursed in the first couple of weeks of the quarter by the Financial Aid Office. You do have to meet the enrollment criteria to be eligible for the disbursement, so if you enrolled after the initial disbursement are reviewed, then it will be reviewed again after the 100% drop/add date. If you are still not enrolled/enrolled in enough credits to meet the enrollment criteria of your specific scholarship after the 100% drop/add date, your award will not be released to your account.
No. All CityU scholarships are tuition-only. If your scholarship(s) exceeds the tuition amount for the quarter it was awarded in, the excess funds will stay on your account and can be applied to up to two additional quarter tuition costs.
Congratulations! Once your scholarship funds are applied to your school account, they will be applied to your school invoices and the funds from your personal payment will be credited back to you either by direct deposit or by a mailed check by that Friday. If not, please contact billing@cityu.edu.
There are outside resources here External Grants and Scholarships – CityU of Seattle that can be reviewed for additional funding. These resources have been vetted to ensure they are valid sources. For Canadian students, external or private resources are found here Scholarships – CityU in Canada (cityuniversity.ca).