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Online Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences

Costs & Financial Aid

The UW Online Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Social Sciences is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW College of Arts & Sciences in partnership with UW Continuum College.


Course fees for the ISS program are less than those of many competing programs. Costs for the 2024–2025 academic year are $402 per credit for all students (Washington residents and non-residents).

This table shows how ISS program costs compare with similar online degrees.

Online Bachelor's Degree Program Cost
UW Online Integrated Social Sciences $402/credit
Washington State University Global Campus, Social Sciences $584.40/credit for Washington residents
$651.60/credit for non-residents
Arizona State University Online, Interdisciplinary Studies $563/credit

In addition to instructional costs, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration, technology and U-PASS fees.

All course fees are due by the third Friday of the quarter. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra. 

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in ISS are strongly encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for many forms of aid, including scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Fee-based students 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.

Students may qualify for specific scholarships and other financial aid 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 UW Veterans Education Benefits Office features information about educational assistance programs that are available to U.S. veterans, active duty military and military dependent students.

UW Childcare Assistance Program

The Childcare Assistance Program is designed to assist UW Seattle campus students in covering the costs of licensed childcare for their children (ages birth–12 years old) while enrolled in an eligible program of study. This award is funded by Student & Activity fees paid by all UW Seattle students. Additional details and contact information is available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The Osher Reentry Scholarship is for newly matriculated and returning students who have experienced a five-year cumulative gap in their education. The UW Financial Aid Office identifies eligible College of Arts and Sciences-affiliated students who have submitted a financial aid application (either the FAFSA or the WASFA) and sends them information about the scholarship and a link to the application. The application opens right before the start of autumn quarter each academic year.

Soroptimist Scholarship for Women

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards are for women with dependents and financial need who are motivated to achieve their education and career goals.

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 a number of sites that offer information about these kinds of programs, including:

Best Colleges 

For scholarship opportunities organized by demographic group and major of interest, see the Scholarships section of Best Colleges’ Financial Planning page.