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).

2014–15 Costs (WA Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/18/14)
2 Year Track Full-Time * min Part-Time **
Total Costs $23,547 $21,747 $19,698
Yearly Tuition $8,721 $6,977 $5,233
Mandatory Fees $567 $511 $206
Books and Supplies $1032 $1032 $1032
Total Basic Costs $10,320 $8,520 $6,471
Other Potential Costs
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $351 $351 $351
Room and Board $9492 $9492 $9492
Transportation $1320 $1320 $1320
Miscellaneous $2064 $2064 $2064
2014–15 Costs (Non-Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/18/14)
2 Year Track Full-Time * min Part-Time **
Total Costs $35,709 $31,476 $26,995
Yearly Tuition $20,883 $16,706 $12,530
Mandatory Fees $567 $511 $206
Books and Supplies $1032 $1032 $1032
Total Basic Costs $22,482 $18,249 $13,768
Other Potential Costs
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $351 $351 $351
Room and Board $9492 $9492 $9492
Transportation $1320 $1320 $1320
Miscellaneous $2064 $2064 $2064

*A full-time MPA student takes 8–10 credits per quarter for 2 years or up to 12 credits for a total of 60 credits. A part-time student takes less than 8 credits per quarter for 3 years. Students who take a different amount of credits will be charged per credit as demonstrated on the Tuition Rates webpage.

**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. 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.

Financial Aid

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. 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.

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, 2015 Evergreen priority deadline. Accordingly, we recommend submitting your FAFSA by February 15, 2015.

No application is required for the Evergreen Foundation Graduate Award, the Merit Awards or the Tuition Waivers.

To be considered for any other MPA-sponsored aid, you must complete and submit our online MPA Financial Aid Application. 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 a few days to receive an email confirmation.

The deadline for online submission of the MPA Financial Aid Application is Tuesday, April 7, 2015 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: $8,000 distributed among several applicants.
YesAll students who submit a FAFSA will automatically be considered for this award.
Graduate Endowed Fellowship
Amount: $6,500 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: $2,000 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: $1,500 distributed among one or more applicants
Yes(Not awarded by MPA in 2015-16: next award year is 2016-17.) Students 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
YesAll resident students will be considered. No separate application is required.
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: $1,300
Past experience or future plans related to helping young children living in or near poverty conditions.
MPA Merit Award
Amount: Varies depending on funding.
All students in the Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy cohort will be considered. No separate application needed.
MPA-Tribal Governance Merit Award
Amount: Varies depending on funding
One to three awards for students demonstrating excellence. All students in the Tribal cohort will be considered for this award. No separate application is required.
Sara Ann Bilezikian Sustainability Fellowship
Amount: $5,500 to one applicant
For one student 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.