Costs & Financial Aid | The Evergreen State College

Costs & Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MES degree is one of the nation’s most affordable environmental master’s degrees. We also offer financial aid to help you pay for your degree.

Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance 2017–2018
Item Full-time
WA Resident
Part-time
WA Resident
Full-time
Nonresident
Part-time
Nonresident
Total $24,252 $22,146 $36,810 $32,193
Tuition $9,579 $7,665 $22,137 $17,712
Mandatory Fees $729 $537 $729 $537
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $354 $354 $354 $354
Books/Supplies $1,050 $1,050 $1,050 $1,050
Room & Board $9,360 $9,360 $9,360 $9,360
Transportation $1,125 $1,125 $1,125 $1,125
Miscellaneous $2,055 $2,055 $2,055 $2,055

The Washington State Legislature and the Evergreen Board of Trustees set the rate of tuition annually. Tuition is subject to change without notice. The rates listed here are the estimated costs for an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only).

A full-time MES student takes 12 credits per quarter for 2 years. A part-time student takes 8 credits per quarter for 3 years. Students who take a different number of credits other than 12 or 8 will be charged per credit, see the tuition rates webpage for details. For financial aid purposes, 8 credits per quarter is considered full-time and 4 credits per quarter is part-time. To stay eligible for federal aid, you must take at least 4 credits per quarter.

Find out how residency rules apply for tuition.

Financial Aid

Consider an internship or assistantship to supplement your aid while gaining valuable experience. Many paid internship opportunities are available.

There are currently no assistantships available that provide tuition waivers. Paid internships provide an hourly stipend.

There are many ways for you to offset the cost of your degree, including scholarships, need-based grants, paid internships, and loans.

Federal Loans & Evergreen Need Grants

Federal and private loans and Evergreen Need Grants are awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Follow the process on the Financial Aid website. Evergreen’s school code for the FAFSA is 008155.

The college offers a limited number of Evergreen Need Grants to Washington state resident graduate students with high need. You need to complete your FAFSA by March 1 to be considered. No additional application is needed. The Financial Aid office will notify you if you receive this award.

Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance to be eligible for additional financial aid.

If you go into public service: the federal government forgives student loans to recipients who work for at least 10 years in public service!

MES Scholarships, Fellowships, and Waivers

See below for current opportunities with application requirements and deadlines. Many of these awards require the MES Financial Aid Online Application. The deadline for that application is March 1 and has been closed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2017-2018 MES Aid. Students are eligible for $20,500+ in loans if they fill out the FAFSA.

Title Criteria
Brooks MES Fellowship
Amount: $1,000

Awarded to one continuing MES student who is working on their thesis.

Evergreen Alumni Association Graduate Scholarship
Amount: $1,000

Open to continuing students who have not taken thesis credits. Merit-based award.

Evergreen Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Amount: $3,553; two awards
Incoming non-resident student; competitive award based on merit.
Evergreen Graduate Endowed Fellowship
Amount: $8,748 disbursed among one or more MES students
Tuition Award, restrictions apply.*

Open to continuing students who have not yet taken thesis credits.

MES Academic Achievement Award
Amount: Varies based on tuition
Incoming non-resident student. Merit-based award.
MES International Student Award
Amount: Varies based on tuition

Incoming international student

MES Tuition Waiver
Amount: Several awards. Amounts vary based on financial need.

Primary consideration given to students with financial need.

Soule Family Fellowship
Amount: $2,188 distributed among one or more applicants

Students working or volunteering in environmental or public health.

The Sara Ann Bilezikian Fellowship
Amount: $8,494

Demonstrated experience and goals related to environmental protection, environmental advocacy and social justice. Financial need also considered.

The Emory Pyle Scholarship
Amount: $500

Open to a continuing student who has not yet taken thesis credits.