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

REQUIRED for 2021-22 School Year (begins July 1, 2021)
Deadline for both required applications is March 1, 2021

OPTIONAL for Incoming Students for 2021-2022 School Year

REQUIRED for current 2020-2021 School Year

Honors Entrance Scholarship

All applicants who have submitted their application and official transcripts for completed credits, before the Priority Application Deadline 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. View Priority Application Deadlines.

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 

CRRSA Act 2020

On December 21, 2020, Congress introduced the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSA Act).  This act was signed into law on December 27, 2020. Under this Act, Bastyr University was granted $303,471 to be used as direct grants made to students.

We will accept applications until funding is exhausted. 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. 

To Apply: 

To make a request, send an email to  Please include your requested amount for the winter quarter, briefly tell us what the funds will be used for, and also tell us if you only want a grant, or if the grant amount will not cover your entire request, if you would like a loan increase (if applicable).  Please note:  CRRSA Act funding cannot be requested to cover tuition expenses.  It is specifically allowed only for increased living expenses and/or technology purchases due to the national emergency.

This application procedure was sent via email to all students on January 26, 2021. 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. The steps for the review include, but are not limited to:

  1. Determine if the request meets the CRRSA Act requirements, if not, the student is emailed
  2. If the student request meets the CARES Act requirements, determine, based on priorities listed below, how much the student is eligible for in grant funds
  3. If the student’s request was not fully met with grant funds, determine if the student wants a loan increase – If so, increase COA and loan up to $5000
  4. Notify the student via email

Priority will be given to:

  1. Students whose graduation is delayed due to the national emergency
  2. Students graduating in winter or spring 2021
  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.


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 received $527,497.00 in funding through the CARES Act. We used over 50% of these funds as Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who were eligible for federal financial aid. The other 50% of grant was used to reimburse COVID related expenses incurred by the University. Bastyr had roughly 800 students who were eligible for federal financial aid in April 2020.

As of 1/1/2021, the following applications have been received and processed:

Applications Received 383
Applications Responded to 383
Number of Loans Awarded 154
Amount of Loans Disbursed $861,930
Number of Federal CARES Act Grants Awarded 344
Amount of Federal CARES Act Grants Disbursed $352,791
Number of Institutionally Funded Grants Awarded 16
Amount of Institutionally Funded Grants Disbursed $12,731
Number of Work Study Increases Awarded 1
Amount of Work Study Increased $400


Disclosure of Institutional HEERF funding (.pdf)

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