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The online Bachelor of Arts in Early Care & Education is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW College of Education in partnership with UW Continuum College.


Course fees for the program are less than or comparable to those of many similar programs in Washington state, putting a valuable UW degree within reach. 

Costs for the program's 2023–2024 academic year are expected to be $231 per credit.

In addition to instructional costs, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration, technology and U-PASS fees. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra. All course costs and other fees are due by the third Friday of the quarter.

The program also requires the purchase of specific technology tools. See the Online Learning page for more details.

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in the program are strongly encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), 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 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

  • Early Learning Equity Scholarship for UW ECE and ECFS undergraduate students who identify as BIPOC 
    • The Early Learning Equity Scholarship seeks to increase the number of highly qualified early educators and leaders in Washington state who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color, reducing financial need barriers they encounter in attending and completing an early learning higher education degree. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number of applications.
    • More information is coming soon. Please make sure to sign up for our ECE email list for the most current updates and check the website often.
  • 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 Educators

Students interested in this program can pursue educational assistance resources earmarked specifically for educators. These include:

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.

Financial Aid for Washington State Students

The Martin Achievement Scholarship and Martin Honors Scholarship are available for Washington community college students and graduates interested in obtaining bachelor's degrees from the University of Washington.

Students based in Washington state can also apply for scholarships and other financial aid earmarked for residents of this state. There are number of sites that offer information about these kinds of programs, including: