MPA Costs and Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable MPA programs in the country, with tuition and fees for Washington State residents at two-thirds or less of the cost of our Northwest competitors.

Tuition Rates and Student Fees can be found on the Student Financial Services site. Note: 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 below are the estimated costs for an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only).

2015–16 Costs (WA Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/30/15)
2 Year Track Full-Time min Part-Time
Total Costs $24,354 $22,338 $20,208
Yearly Tuition $9,126 $7,302 $5,476
Mandatory Fees $702 $510 $206
Books and Supplies $1050 $1050 $1050
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $354 $354 $354
Total Basic Costs $11,232 $9,216 $7,086
Other Potential Costs
Room and Board $9492 $9492 $9492
Transportation $1350 $1350 $1350
Miscellaneous $2280 $2280 $2280
2015–16 Costs (Non-Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/30/15)
2 Year Track Full-Time min Part-Time
Total Costs $36,718 $33,229 $27,626
Yearly Tuition $21,490 $17,193 $12,894
Mandatory Fees $702 $510 $206
Books and Supplies $1050 $1050 $1050
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $354 $354 $354
Total Basic Costs $23,596 $19,107 $14,504
Other Potential Costs
Room and Board $9492 $9492 $9492
Transportation $1350 $1350 $1350
Miscellaneous $2280 $2280 $2280

A full-time MPA student takes 8 to 12 credits per quarter, for a total of 60 credits. Students who attend at the full-time minimum of 8 credits per quarter (see "Full-Time min" column above) complete the program in roughly 7.5 quarters, which typically includes at least one summer. Students on the "2 Year Track" (in the column above) complete an average of 10 credits per quarter for 2 academic years, which equals 6 quarters (2 years of attending Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters).

A part-time MPA student takes less than 8 credits per quarter. Students who take 6 credits per quarter (see "Part-Time" column above) complete the required 60 credits in 10 quarters, or about 3 years. Students who take a different amount of credits will be charged per credit as demonstrated on the Tuition Rates webpage.

Financial Aid

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, students must be taking at least 4 credits per quarter. 

Federal Loans

Full-time MPA students typically qualify for a $20,500 unsubsidized federal loan every academic year, beginning the Fall quarter of admission. To qualify, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by following the process on the Financial Aid website

Your financial aid package is based on the total cost of attendance, which varies based on the number of credits you take and if you have loan fees. Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance, thus increasing your financial aid.

If you do not qualify for an increase in your cost of attendance but you have additional unmet need, you may also qualify for a Graduate PLUS Loan and/or a private 'alternative' loan. Loans vary in interest from 5% to 12% and may offer certain deferment options. See the Financial Aid website's "Loans" page for more information.

MPA-Sponsored Aid

We offer a variety of MPA-sponsored tuition waivers, scholarships, work-study, and other types of aid, as listed below. Our sponsored aid include a mix of need-based and merit-based aid.

For 2016-17, to qualify for any MPA-sponsored aid with a need component, you *must* submit the FAFSA so that the Evergreen Financial Aid Office receives it from the federal processor by the March 1, 2016 Evergreen priority deadline. Accordingly, we recommend submitting your FAFSA by February 15, 2016.

To be considered for any of the MPA-sponsored aid listed below, you must complete and submit our online MPA Financial Aid Application, which will be available via a link on this page by February 19, 2016. The Application is a Survey Monkey form, and applying for most awards requires just a 100 word mini-essay. Note that after you submit your application, it may take up to a week to receive an email confirmation.

The deadline for online submission of the MPA Financial Aid Application and any required supplementary materials is Monday, April 11, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Name & AmountFAFSA RequiredFocus & Criteria
Evergreen Alumni Association Graduate Award
Amount: $1,000
YesDemonstrated commitment to their chosen field of study at Evergreen.
Evergreen Foundation Graduate Award
Amount: $8,750 distributed among several applicants.
YesHigh financial need as determined by the FAFSA is the primary criterion.
Graduate Endowed Fellowship
Amount: $7,147 distributed among several applicants.
YesCommitment to continued intellectual and professional and development.
John Walker Scholarship
Amount: $400
YesFemale applicant, preference given to women of color and/or over thirty who has demonstrated a commitment to continued intellectual and professional development.
MPA-Tribal Governance Award
Amount: $2,699 distributed among one or more applicants
YesTribal Governance students who show great potential to use their education to benefit tribal or indigenous communities.
Soule Family Fellowship
Amount: $2,199 distributed among one or more applicants
YesStudents working or volunteering in environmental or public health.
Tuition Waiver – Non-Resident
Amount: Up to 25% of non-resident tuition
Yes
Tuition Waiver – Washington State Resident
Amount: Up to one quarter of resident tuition
YesPrimary consideration given to the students based on application or coursework excellence; secondary consideration given to need as determined by the FAFSA.
Work Study
Amount: Awards depend on availability of funds.
Yes
Work Study – Graduate Assistant Award
Amount: $12/hour part-time employment
YesDemonstrated academic excellence in public administration coursework and the ability to perform high quality research.
AmeriCorps Education Award
Amount: Up to one quarter of resident tuition
Commitment to community service through AmeriCorps.
Hearst Native American Scholarship
Amount: $8,000 distributed among one or more applicants.
Students must have a American Indian, Alaska Native or other tribal affiliation.
Judge Fuller Graduate Fellowship
Amount: $1,436
Past experience or future plans related to helping young children living in or near poverty conditions.
MPA Merit Award
Amount: Varies depending on funding.
For students in the Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy cohort who demonstrate excellence in their coursework or application.
MPA-Tribal Governance Merit Award
Amount: Varies depending on funding
For students in the Tribal Governance cohort who demonstrate excellence in their coursework or application.
Sara Ann Bilezikian Sustainability Fellowship
Amount: $5,500 per year for 2 years, to one applicant
2 year award: for one student admitted in Fall 2016 who is studying sustainability.
Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship
Amount: $500-$1000
(Not awarded by MPA in 2015-16: next award year is 2016-17.) Funding for final Capstone projects. Eligible students must be enrolled in the Tribal Governance "Capstone" course and be in good academic standing.