The financing of professional and graduate education in the United States is viewed primarily as the responsibility of the student. There are very few federal or state grant and scholarship programs designed for graduate students. Bastyr University is very conscious of the cost of financing an education. The primary job of the financial aid team is to work with students to help them plan for, and obtain, the resources needed to make a Bastyr education a reality.

Financial Aid Policies

Financial Aid Applications


Honors Entrance Scholarship

All applicants who have submitted their application, official transcripts for completed credits, and tuition deposit by May 1, 2020 with an overall GPA of 3.0 are automatically enrolled for scholarship consideration. 

Applicants for graduate programs are eligible for a one-year, non-renewable scholarship. Applicants for undergraduate programs are eligible for a one-year scholarship, renewable in the second year if an overall GPA of 3.0 is maintained.

Free Scholarship Search Guides

  • Secrets to Winning a Scholarship: Helpful tips on winning scholarships, created by the publisher of
  • Access America for students is the student gateway to the U.S. government. This site includes a multitude of financial aid resources and links, including scholarships and grants.

Links for free scholarship search 


CARES Act 2020

On April 9, 2020, Bastyr University applied (and subsequently was approved) for funding under the CARES Act. We have signed and returned to the Department of Education (ED) the Certification and Agreement document to finalize this funding.

Bastyr University is eligible to receive $501,582.00 in funding through the CARES Act. We will use at least 50% of these funds as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid. The other 50% of grant will be used to reimburse COVID related expenses incurred by Bastyr. Bastyr currently has roughly 800 students who are eligible for federal financial aid. We are in the midst of determining how many of these students have need of the emergency funding.

As of 8/20/2020, the following applications have been received and processed:

Applications Received 219
Applications Responded to 213
Number of Loans Awarded 109
Amount of Loans Disbursed $669,537
Number of Federal CARES Act Grants Awarded 192
Amount of Federal CARES Act Grants Disbursed $196,419
Number of Institutionally Funded Grants Awarded 13
Amount of Institutionally Funded Grants Disbursed $7,930
Number of Work Study Increases Awarded 1
Amount of Work Study Increased $400


We are expecting roughly $100,000 in grants to be disbursed to students by the end of the spring quarter 2020. We are expecting $100,000 to be disbursed to students during the summer quarter 2020, and the remaining $50,791 to be disbursed to students during the fall quarter 2020. This web page will be updated at least every 45 days with statistics regarding how many student have received grants, and the total dollar amount of the grant that has been disbursed to students. The process to apply for these funds is to send an email to stating the amount of emergency funding needed, and a brief description of what the funds are needed for. This application procedure was sent via email to all students on April 9, 2020. It was also sent to all employees with a request to direct any student expressing financial worries to email the Financial Aid Office.

Upon receipt of a request, the request is logged in a master spreadsheet and a complete review of the student’s financial aid file is made by the Director of Financial Aid. The steps for the review include, but are not limited to:

  1. Determine if the student has remaining eligibility for basic financial aid and if so, award it.
  2. If a student had no eligibility left under normal financial aid amounts, determine if professional judgment can be used to extend their eligibility up to $5,000.
    1. If the request is more than $5,000, approve $5,000 and inform the student the rest of their request is still being considered.
  3. If a student is not eligible for a $5,000 increase (undergraduates and students not eligible for the PLUS loan), award up to a $1,000 emergency grant.
    1. If this did not meet their request, inform the student the rest of their request is still being considered.

Once all initial requests are processed, data will be used to determine how many and in what amounts grants can be given equitably.

Priority will be given to:

  1. Students whose graduation is delayed due to the national emergency
  2. Students graduating in spring 2020 or summer 2020
  3. Undergraduates
  4. Students ineligible for Graduate PLUS loans
  5. Students who have documented additional need due to job loss, etc.

Any questions about receiving emergency funding, or how the federal emergency grants are being disbursed should be directed to Danette Grace Wells, Director of Financial Aid at or 425-602-3083.

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Federal School Code
FAFSA: 016059
For both Kenmore and San Diego

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments and Walk-ins
Please check in at Student Services Reception, Room 249

Contact Information

General questions:

Danette Wells – Director of Financial Aid
Focus: Loan repayment, consolidation, loan forgiveness

Chris Laughery – Financial Aid Advisor
Focus: Naturopathic Medicine

Samantha Swenson – Financial Aid Advisor
Focus: Graduate, Undergraduate and Acupuncture

Susan Farley – Work Study Coordinator
Focus: Work Study questions and advising