Federal financial aid is available for graduate students who will be
enrolled at least half time and are citizens, or eligible non-citizens, of
the U.S.A. Most federal aid for graduate students is in the form of direct
loans. For more details about federal aid eligibility and the different
types of aid available for graduate and professional studies visit:
Steps for applying for federal graduate financial aid:
Priority deadline: March 1. Students can apply after the priority
deadline. However, some funds are limited, so be sure to file by the
deadline to ensure maximum aid eligibility.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Saint Martin's University school code is 003794.
- Receive your "financial aid package" from the Saint Martin's
University Student Financial Service Center. Carefully review and
contact Student Financial Services if you plan to decline or reduce
any of the aid you have been awarded.
WA state aid
Aid availability for future teachers from the state of Washington is
dependent upon yearly renewal by the state Legislature. For the most
up-to-date information and eligibility requirements, visit:
the Washington Student Achievement Council.
Washington also maintains a searchable database of scholarships via the
Graduate assistantships and TEACH Grant
A limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) are available that
provide partial tuition remission and/or a small stipend for graduate
students. Graduate assistantships are awarded by the individual graduate
programs and typically require 10 hours of work per week, per semester.
Steps for applying for a graduate assistantship:
- Carefully read the
graduate assistantship position description for the MIT
- Complete the application. For consideration, GA applications
should be submitted by the priority deadline of the MIT program.
TEACH Grant Eligibility:
Any undergraduate or graduate student who has received an acceptance letter
to a College of Education teacher education program is eligible to apply for
these grants. Grants are awarded in the amount of $4000 per year (four years
max for undergraduate students; two years max for graduate students;
certification-only students do not qualify to receive funding at Saint
Martin’s. If an institution has a BA program in teacher education then the
certification-only program does not qualify for the grant). Additional
details are found on the
TEACH Grant website and fact sheet.
Requirements of the grant:
The grants are not based on financial need, but they do have some factors to
- Students may be in the following undergraduate majors: elementary
education, special education, math, biology, chemistry and/or earning
endorsements is the following "high need" areas: special education,
math, biology, chemistry, science, middle level math, middle level
science, reading, bilingual education, English language learners/English
as a Second Language; Japanese, Spanish, or French.
- Students may be in the MIT program earning endorsements as listed in
number one above.
- Students need to understand that the conditions of the grant
- You must have a completed FAFSA for each year you apply.
- You must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or better.
- You must teach in a high need endorsement area (listed in #1
- You must teach in a public or private K-12 school for four
years – within eight years of completing your program.
- The four years must be full time teaching – part time or
part years do not "count."
- The school you teach in must be a designated
low income school.
- You must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement each year you receive
- If a student does not satisfy the conditions of the grant – the
grant reverts to a loan to be paid back in full. It’s an "all or
nothing" agreement – all the requirements must be met, or the money must
be paid back with interest. Interest begins to accumulate based on the
date of receiving the funds, not on the date of program completion.
Requirements of Saint Martin's University:
If you are interested in applying for a TEACH Grant – you must (in addition
to the requirements of the grant listed above):
- Read and sign the Letter of Interest form (in the presence of a
College of Education and Counseling Psychology faculty or staff member);
- Complete the online entrance counseling required by the grant (https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action);
- Sign and submit the Grant’s Agreement to Serve document (https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action).
- Contact the Financial Aid Office two weeks after completion of
website documents (steps b and c above) to complete additional
paperwork/requirements as needed.
- Notify the College of Education regarding TEACH Grant funds received
if you withdraw from the program
- Notify the College of Education specifically regarding TEACH Grants
if you change your program’s endorsements.
Catholic school special tuition program
For teachers, principals, paraprofessionals of the Catholic
schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle enrolled in the College of
The Saint Martin's University Catholic school special tuition program
will provide a 50 percent occupational special tuition to full-time
religious and lay teachers and principals and paraprofessionals of
Catholic schools which are under the auspices of the Archdiocese of
Seattle. This special tuition will apply to students accepted to any
College of Education program. Individuals who are employed on a
part-time basis will not be eligible for the program.
To be eligible for the above special tuition, individuals must be
fully accepted into the undergraduate teacher education program, the
certification-only program, the Master in Teaching program, or the
Master of Education program. Please note that the special tuition for
each semester (including summer) is based on the University academic
year tuition rate.
Saint Martin's University reserves the right to limit the number of
Catholic school special tuition program participants in any particular
course or program. It is understood that students will be admitted on a
"space available" basis. It is likewise understood that this tuition
grant program is not retroactive.
Steps for applying for a the Catholic school special tuition
- Complete an application for admission to Saint Martin's
University, College of Education at least six weeks before
- After acceptance into the College of Education, complete the
application for the special tuition and mail to: Dr. Joyce
Westgard, Dean, College of Education, Saint Martin's University,
5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Application forms are available in the College of Education.
Application for this special tuition must be submitted at least two
weeks before the academic session in which a course in being offered.