There are two types of programs at the UW as determined by the source of funding: regular and fee-based.  Regular programs, which are funded by state and student tuition dollars,  represent the majority of programs at the University of Washington.  In order to expand degree offerings for our students, UW offers fee-based programs that are solely funded by student course fees. The online Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences is a fee-based program administered by UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE).

The information below identifies some of the cost and financial aid resources available to our students.  For more information about the differences between regular and fee-based programs, please see this helpful resource from the Registrar's office.

Course Fees

ISS students are responsible for the following fees:

  • Per-credit course fees: Students entering Integrated Social Sciences between Autumn 2014 and Spring 2016 have a per credit fee of $199 for Washington State residents and $219 a credit for non-residents.  Students entering the program after Spring 2016 should see the UW PCE website for the most current information about per-credit fees.  
  • Registration Fee: You pay a nonrefundable registration fee ($55) every time you register for classes. If you register for multiple classes, the registration fee is charged only once.

In addition, all students are responsible for these additional quarterly fees:

  • Technology Fee:  Funds technology resources for student use.
  • Service & Activities  Fee: Used for student activities and programs as well as acquisition of land, buildings and facilities.
  • IMA Fee: Pays for the UW Intramural Activities building and related facilities.
  • Facilities Renovation (FR) Fee: Pays for the renovation of the Husky Union Building, Ethnic Cultural Center, and Hall Health Primary Care Center.
  • U-PASS: Buys students universal access to King County Metro and transit systems. (Yes, all UW students have to pay this fee even if they do not live in Seattle. Learn more about the history of the UPASS and why all students pay this fee.)

These student fees are subject to change on a regular basis. You can find the official fee schedule from the Office of Planning and Budgeting. Work through the user interface to get the correct fee schedule, using “Seattle” as the “campus” selection. Note that ISS students are only responsible for the fees listed above; you can ignore the other fees listed on the fee schedule.

All fees are due by the third Friday of the quarter.

These fees do not include the cost of textbooks and materials. Textbook costs vary by course: while some faculty do require textbooks, others incorporate digital readings as part of their course. The program also requires specific technology tools which students may need to purchase if they do not already have access to them.

Financial Aid

Students in fee-based programs like ISS can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their education costs, including federal student aid, state grants, loans, scholarships and work study.

Students in fee-based programs, however, are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants, including the Husky Promise program.

For more information, visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid site.  We find their page on fee-based programs especially useful for our students. 

Scholarships and Other Financial Resources

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards offers information and resources about student scholarship opportunities and mentors students through the various application processes. Their website also has a specific page that offers information about financial aid resources available to transfer students. If you are seeking information about need-based scholarships and grants, check in with the opportunities offered through the Office of Student Financial Aid.


Specialized Opportunities

Students may qualify for specific scholarships and other financial aid resources that are tied to their background or prospective career field, including the opportunities below.

  • UW Childcare Assistance Program: The Student & Activity Feed funded by students at UW Seattle campus contributes to a need-based financial resource for students. It must be requested on a quarterly basis and offers resources for students attending on a full or part time basis. Additional details and contact information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Osher Re-entry Scholarship: For newly matriculated and returning students who have experienced a 5-year cumulative gap in their education. The UW Financial Aid Office identifies and contacts eligible, College of Arts and Sciences-affiliated students who have submitted a financial aid application (either the FAFSA or the WASFA) with information about the scholarship and a link to the application, which opens right before the start of Autumn Quarter each academic year.
  • Financial Aid for Native Americans: The National Indian Education Association has compiled a list of many of the scholarships and other aid resources that are open to students with Native American heritage.
  • Financial Aid for Military Students and Family: 
    • The Benefits page of the UW Veterans Center website details the educational assistance programs that are available to U.S. veterans, active duty military and military dependent students.
    • The Tillman Military Scholarship is available to active and retired members of all branches and their spouses.
  • Soroptimist Scholarship for Women: The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are for women with dependents and financial need who are motivated to achieve their education and career goals.
  • Financial Aid for Washington State Students: Students based in Washington state can apply for scholarships and other financial aid earmarked for residents of this state. There are number of sites that offer information about these kinds of programs, including:
  • Best Colleges: This financial aid webpage is a great collection of financial aid opportunities organized by demographic group and major of interest.