Scholarships and Financial Aid

More than 85% of Woodbury University students receive some form of financial aid, with the average student financial aid grants during the 2019-2020 academic year totaling over $21,193.

For undergraduate students, Woodbury University coordinates a comprehensive financial-aid program consisting of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment through funding from state and federal programs, its own resources, and outside/private donors.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Woodbury University Application for Financial Aid must be completed by all entering and returning students in order to apply for financial aid. Graduate-student aid packages consist primarily of loans.

A valid FAFSA is required to determine eligibility for the Federal Direct Education Loan Programs. Alternative loan funding may also be an option, however, this type of funding is based on the applicant’s credit history and ratings.

Financial-aid awards will be applied toward direct costs (tuition, fees, materials or lab fees, parking, and any contracted housing and meal plan charges) first. Institutional grants and, typically, most named scholarship awards can only be used to pay tuition.

Woodbury’s Business Office will notify students of any credit balance available on your their accounts after these direct costs have been paid. A credit balances will be refunded to students and may be used to cover indirect costs such as books, supplies, and other miscellaneous expenses.

Graduate students that demonstrate merit based on admit scores and grade point averages may qualify for scholarships and/or teaching assistantships in their program of study. Consult your admissions counselor for more information about these options.


Learn how affordable a Woodbury education can be. Click on the buttons below to view sample financial summaries for students entering during the 2019-2020 school year who are approved for a Cal Grant and have an expected family contribution of zero.

First Year Student 2020-2021                         Transfer Student 2020-2021

Scholarships and Grants

Learn about the variety of scholarships and grants that are available to Woodbury students.

To encourage and reward academic excellence, each year Woodbury University awards a number of undergraduate merit scholarships based on a student’s academic promise and personal accomplishments. Merit scholarships are awarded to students in their first year at Woodbury. A student’s high school GPA (or college GPA for transfer students) is reviewed to determine which category of merit gets awarded.

As long as the required GPA is maintained, these merit awards are renewable up to an additional three years for standard programs or up to four years for architecture students.

 

The following undergraduate Merit Scholarships are in effective for Fall 2020 admission:

DOMESTIC FRESHMAN
 PRESIDENTIAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $18,000 [3.70 GPA and above]
→ DEAN MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $16,000 [3.40–3.69 GPA]
→ WOODBURY EDUCATIONAL GRANT $10,000 [2.95–3.39 GPA]
→ WOODBURY EDUCATIONAL GRANT  $6,000 [2.50–2.94 GPA]

 

DOMESTIC TRANSFER
→ PRESIDENTIAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $14,000 [3.70 GPA and above]
 DEAN MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $12,000 [3.4–3.69 GPA]
→ WOODBURY EDUCATIONAL GRANT $9,000 [2.95–3.39 GPA]
→ WOODBURY EDUCATIONAL GRANT $5,000 [2.50–2.94 GPA]

INTERNATIONAL
→ PRESIDENTIAL INTERNATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $10,000 [3.70 GPA and above]
→ DEAN INTERNATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP $6,000 [3.40-3.69 GPA ]
→ WOODBURY INTERNATIONAL GRANT $5,000 [2.95-3.39 GPA ]
→ WOODBURY INTERNATIONAL GRANT $4,000 [2.50-2.94 GPA ]

Note to students determined eligible for need-based financial aid: financial aid program regulations require the university to include these merit awards as a financial resource when assessing a student’s overall financial needs. Your merit award will be incorporated into your financial-aid package.

Donor-Sponsored Scholarships

Woodbury University administers various scholarships derived from gifts and endowments given to the university by individuals and organizations. Special applications are not necessary for these funds; they are awarded based on availability of funds and the needs of the university as well as a combination of eligibility requirements, such as academic standing, financial need, or criteria specified by the donor.

Graduate

Applicants to Architecture graduate programs may qualify for institutional scholarships and/or assistantships, which may be awarded by the School of Architecture committee upon review of the completed application and supporting documents (3 letters of recommendation, resume, Statement of Intent, transcripts).

Institutional scholarships range from $2,000-$18,000, and assistantships range from $2,000-$4,200.

Undergraduate

The Woodbury Prize scholarship pays 1/2 of all tuition fees for the duration of their enrollment in the program. All transfer students who are accepted into our Architecture (BArch) and Interior Architecture (BFA) undergraduate programs are automatically considered for the Woodbury Prize. To be considered for a Woodbury Prize students must have 3.0 GPA or above and a design portfolio. Woodbury Prize is announced in June each year.

 

Woodbury’s MBA program now offers up to $18,000 for new incoming Fall 2020 students!

Woodbury University is proud to announce that we are increasing our merit scholarship packages for our graduate students in an effort to help you stay on track to achieve your educational and career goals during this challenging time.

MBA students who apply for our Fall 2020 semester (beginning in August) can now qualify for a merit scholarship up to $18,000. The MBA merit awards are based on your undergraduate GPA (GPA is not cumulative and is based solely on the degree awarding college/university):

  • GPA of 3.7 to 4.0 earns $18,000
  • GPA of 3.40 to 3.69 earns $16,000
  • GPA of 2.95 to 3.39 earns $10,000
  • GPA of 2.50 to 2.94 earns $6,000

Apply to the mba program today

Woodbury University administers programs funded through the California Student Aid Commission. These undergraduate scholarship programs are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need and can only be used at an approved California college or university. These programs can be used for four years of undergraduate study with a fifth year of eligibility for students in an approved five-year Architecture program.

-Cal Grant A is awarded to the financially needy.

-Cal Grant B is awarded to students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must submit a “Cal Grant GPA Verification Form” that has been certified by a high school or college official no later than March 2 of the application year.

The Federal Pell Grant is a direct grant from the federal government to financially needy undergraduate students. Students are restricted to a lifetime eligibility of 6 years as a fulltime student or 600%. For 2019 – 2020, Pell grants will range up to a maximum amount of $6,195.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is federal funding provided to Woodbury specifically to make awards to very-high-need undergraduate students and may range from $200 to $2000 per year.

The Federal Work Study (FWS) enables undergraduate students to earn part of their financial award through part-time employment while attending Woodbury University. Employment is usually on campus, but limited off-campus opportunities may be available as well.

William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs and Federal Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized) are loans made available through the U.S. Department of Education to undergraduate and graduate students.  Undergraduate student loans have a fixed interest rate for subsidized loans and 4.53% (for the 19-20 academic year) for unsubsidized loans. Graduate students are only eligible for unsubsidized loans at an interest rate of 6.08%. Woodbury University determines eligibility based on the student’s cost of education or program costs and expected contributions from income.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (Parent PLUS) is a loan made available through the U.S. Department of Education and is a credit-based loan for parents of dependent undergraduate students. These loans are guaranteed at a fixed interest rate of 7.08%. Creditworthy parents can borrow up to the difference between the cost of attendance for one year and the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive.

The Federal Direct Graduate and Professional Student PLUS Loan (Grad PLUS) is a loan made available through the U.S. Department of Education and is a credit-based loan for independent graduate students. Creditworthy graduate students can borrow up to the difference between the cost of attendance for one year and the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive. This loan is at a fixed interest rate of 7.08% and deferrable during half-time study.

Alternative Loans are private bank loans for students, designed to help meet the gap between the costs of attendance and financial aid. These loans are not guaranteed by the federal government; therefore, they can carry different fees and interest rates. Careful research is strongly suggested. Students are encouraged to first apply for federal and institutional financial aid before considering an alternative student loan.

  • The College Board has launched a new scholarship program with $5 million of scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020. Learn more
  • The Julie Queler Scholarship has been created to help students defray the high cost of university tuition. Julie believes that everyone who seeks high education should be able to do so. The Julie Queler Scholarship is the result of her commitment. Learn more
  • The Ebell of Los Angeles began providing scholarships to students in Los Angeles in 1919. Learn more

WISE is made up of four components that provide opportunities for students to engage in high-impact educational practices inside and outside the classroom, and earn up to two $1,000 tuition scholarships. These experiential learning opportunities allow students to gain meaningful knowledge and experience while helping with tuition costs. The four components are:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Study Away
  • Internship or Work Experience
  • Leadership

Learn more about WISE HERE

Woodbury University is committed to building a culture that values diversity, open communication, collaboration and engagement. As part of our commitment to institutional diversity, we are launching a new Social Justice Scholarship Fund that will provide scholarships to undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are themselves committed to eradicate social injustice and ensure lasting equality, respect, opportunity and justice for all.

New undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for a Woodbury University Social Justice Scholarship who are underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, members of immigrant families, multi-racial, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, from first in generation to attend college and/or educationally disadvantaged families. The scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or creed.

Each School/College shall make applications available and select the recipients.  Private contributions to the Fund will be directed consistent with donor request into four categories:

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Business
  • School of Media, Culture and Design

Student eligibility requirements include:

  • Recipients shall be new students who have enrolled as full-time students in an undergraduate program with financial need.
  • The award is $2,000 for the academic year in which the recipient is enrolled full-time or $1,000 for the academic year for part-time. The awards may be renewable on an annual basis depending on the balance of the Fund.
  • Recipients shall submit an essay that describes their academic goals, intended strategies for attaining the stated goals, and commitment to social justice. The award criteria will include: 1) clarity of purpose; 2) ability to communicate effectively; and, 3) coherence of academic plan.

The purpose of the Woodbury CARES Act Award is to provide additional financial support to students planning to return to Woodbury University in Fall 2020 and are facing financial barriers to re-enrolling. The University will be distributing a total of $75,000 from a Department of Education Grant intended to be used for institutional expenditures, but which the University has decided to award to our existing students showing greatest need.  The awards are nonrenewable for the Fall 2020 semester only. The Office of Financial Aid shall make applications available and select the recipients.

The determination of the award is based on academic standing and financial need. Student eligibility requirements include:

  • Recipients shall be returning students in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Recipients must be a US citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Recipients shall be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.25 GPA or higher, who have registered or plan to register as full-time students in Fall 2020.