Because we believe that finances should never prevent someone from getting a college degree, the University has committed to covering the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for students who could not otherwise afford to attend.
Funds for our Cougar Commitment come from a variety of sources, including federal, state, and institutional aid programs and private donations.
A student can be considered for Cougar Commitment funding for a maximum of eight total semesters of continuous enrollment.
In order to continue receiving the Cougar Commitment, you must also maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) toward your degree.
To be eligible for the Cougar Commitment, you must be a Washington state resident pursuing your first bachelor’s degree. You will also need to meet the following criteria:
- File your FAFSA or WASFA by WSU’s priority deadline each year
- Submit any requested financial aid verification documents to WSU Student Financial Services by the published deadline
- New students must apply for admission to WSU by January 31 for fall semester or by November 15 for spring semester
- Be receiving a Pell Grant or Washington State Need Grant
- Have unmet financial need based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated by the FAFSA
- Enrolled full-time (at least 12 semester credit hours)
Your tuition will be covered first by your federal and state grants—like the Pell Grant or Supplemental Need Grant. If federal, state and institutional grants do not cover the full cost of your tuition and mandatory fees (health, recreation center, transit, etc.), WSU will make up the difference with this award.
Funds awarded for Cougar Commitment may not exceed your unmet financial need. If you receive additional university aid (such as scholarships) or non-WSU funded aid (such as privately funded scholarships), those funds will be applied first, and Cougar Commitment waivers will make up the difference, if any.
Cougar Commitment is limited to tuition and mandatory fees ONLY. However, additional grant and scholarship funds may be available to help with the other costs of education.
Please note that this program is only available during the regular academic year (i.e. fall and spring semesters) and the established value may vary slightly from when final decisions are made on actual tuition and mandatory fee rates.