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.
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: Each quarter students must pay the registration fee when they sign up for classes. As of Spring 2016, this fee is $45.
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.
Students pay all fees when they register for classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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 Veterans: 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.
- 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: