Undergraduate Aid

How to Apply for Financial Aid at Gonzaga

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Your Admission Application will be reviewed by the Office of Admission to determine your eligibility for a merit-based scholarship ranging from $12,000 to $25,000 per year. For more information about the admission process or to apply online, please visit the Office of Admission.
Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
It is to your advantage to file the FAFSA to see what other institutional, state, and federal funding you might qualify for. Submit your 2023-2024 FAFSA online at the webpage here. Gonzaga's Federal School Code is 003778.  Please be advised that the Department of Education has NOT announced when the 2024-2025 FAFSA Application will be available for completion.  Please check back in for notifications on the announcement.
Apply for other Gonzaga University Scholarships
Gonzaga offers many different institutional scholarships. We recommend viewing the Office of Admissions page for those scholarships requiring an additional application. Many of Gonzaga's other scholarships are offered either through majors of study or through other criteria set forth by the particular scholarship. You are also encouraged to view our outside scholarship database to view available scholarship not specific to Gonzaga.

NOTE: All correspondence from the financial aid office is sent to your ZagMail account. It is important for you to check your ZagMail often regarding the status of your financial aid.

How Financial Need is Determined 

Your eligibility for federal and state financial aid is based on your documented Financial Need.

Cost of Attendance
- Expected Family Contribution
- Outside Scholarships and Other Resources
= Need for Financial Aid

The cost of attendance is determined each year by the University and includes not only tuition and fees, but also your room and meals, books and supplies, traveling expenses, and cost of living — in other words, the cost of being a student.

It is important to note, however, that the total amount of financial aid a student receives cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by the Department of Education using your FAFSA information. The EFC is calculated based on a formula developed by Congress using both your income and assets as well as your parents’, unless you are considered independent.

When EFC is more than the cost of attendance

If your EFC is more than the cost of attendance then you do not qualify for need-based aid. You would be considered for the unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal Parent PLUS loan and private loans.

Checklist for Successful Financial Aid

The following list can be used to ensure your financial aid is completed and disbursed in a timely manner. If you have any questions regarding this list or any of the requirements you may have, please stop by or contact our office at finaid@gonzaga.edu or 509-313-6582.

General Requirements

  File your FAFSA (Gonzaga's Federal School Code is 003778).  
Accept or decline all financial aid offers on ZagWeb
  Submit information for unsatisfied tracking requirements on ZagWeb
  Once you have completed your tax return, complete the IRS Data Transfer on the FAFSA


  First time Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan borrowers: Sign a Master Promissory Note and complete Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentaid.gov 
  Parent PLUS Loan: Apply for the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan after June 1st at www.studentaid.gov

Additional Steps

  Report outside scholarships you plan to receive for the academic year. 
  Register for classes. 
  Calculate your out-of-pocket expenses. 
  Confirm charges and make payment arrangements with Student Accounts after viewing your bill online. 
  Review the Gonzaga Guarantee and Satisfactory Academic Progress policies.