MPA Costs and Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable MPA programs in the country at under $10,000 a year for in-state resident, full-time study.

See detailed tuition and fee information and calculate your tuition costs.

Financial Aid

To stay eligible for federal aid, you must take at least 4 credits per quarter.  For financial aid purposes:

  • Full-time = 8 credits per quarter
  • Part-time = 4 credits per quarter

Federal Loans

Full-time MPA students typically qualify for up to $20,500 in unsubsidized federal loans per academic year. Find out how to apply for federal student aid or other student loans on the Financial Aid website.

MPA-Sponsored Aid

We offer a variety of tuition waivers, scholarships, work-study, and other types of aid, including both need-based and merit-based aid.

  • For any aid sponsored by the MPA program, you must submit an MPA Financial Aid Application online by Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Each type of aid has its own submission criteria; read the award pages to see what you'll need to complete your application.
  • For need-based aid, you also must submit your FAFSA before February 1 each year. (Allow a few days for processing!)

Titlesort descending Criteria
AmeriCorps Education Award
Amount: Up to one quarter of resident tuition

Commitment to community service through AmeriCorps. (No FAFSA required)

Evergreen Alumni Association Graduate Award
Amount: $1,000 to one applicant

Demonstrated commitment to their chosen field of study at Evergreen and financial need (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required)

Evergreen Foundation Graduate Award
Amount: $8,750 distributed among several applicants.

Financial need (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required) and completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Financial Aid Application online form required.

Graduate Endowed Fellowship
Amount: $7,100 distributed among several applicants.

Commitment to continued intellectual and professional development. (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required)

Hearst Native American Scholarship
Amount: If available, up to $5,000 distributed among one or more applicants.

First priority: Native American students in Master in Teaching program. For any remaining funds: American Indian, Alaska Native or other tribal affiliation, and commitment to the education of Native American youth and commitment to a Native American community (No FAFSA required)

John Walker Scholarship
Amount: $400 to one applicant

Female applicant, preference given to women of color and/or over thirty who has demonstrated a commitment to continued intellectual and professional development and financial need. (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required)

Judge Carol Fuller Graduate Fellowship
Amount: $1,400 to one applicant

Past experience or future plans related to helping young children living in or near poverty conditions. (No FAFSA required)

MPA Foundation Scholarship
Amount: Approximately $3,100 distributed among one or more applicants

Demonstrated commitment to the field(s) of public & nonprofit administration, public policy and/or tribal governance + financial need (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required)

MPA Merit Award - Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy Concentrations
Amount: Varies depending on funding.

One or more awards for students in the Public & Nonprofit Administration and Public Policy concentrations who demonstrate excellence in their MPA application (new admits) or Core coursework (continuing students). Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Financial Aid Application online form required. (No FAFSA required)

MPA Merit Award -Tribal Governance Concentration
Amount: Varies depending on funding

One or more awards for students in the Tribal Governance concentration who demonstrate excellence in their MPA application (new admits) or Core coursework (continuing students). Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Financial Aid Application online form required. (No FAFSA required)

MPA Tribal Student Support Fund
Amount: Approximately $494

Offered to currently enrolled MPA-Tribal Governance students. This scholarship is intended to support students who may be attending meetings, conferences, and/or workshops. 

MPA-Tribal Governance Award
Amount: $2,700 distributed among one or more applicants

Tribal Governance concentration students who show great potential to use their education to benefit tribal or indigenous communities and financial need. (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required)

Sara Ann Bilezikian Sustainability Fellowship
Amount: Approximately $5,500 per year for 2 years, to one applicant

(Not awarded in 2017-18) 2 year award: approximately $5,500 per year for 2 years will be awarded to one student admitted in even years who is studying sustainability. (No FAFSA required)

Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship
Amount: Approximately $500-$1000 per applicant, for up to six applicants

(Awarded in Spring 2018 through separate award process) Funding for final Capstone projects. Eligible students must be enrolled in the Tribal Governance "Capstone" course and be in good academic standing.

Tuition Waiver – Non-Resident
Amount: Up to 25% of non-resident tuition per award, for several out-of-state residents

Primary consideration to non-resident students who demonstrate excellence in their MPA application (new admits) or Core coursework (continuing students) + financial need (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required). Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Financial Aid Application online form required.

Tuition Waiver – Washington State Resident
Amount: Awards typically range from approximately $500 to $1,500 per award; for several Washington State residents

Primary consideration to Washington State resident students who demonstrate excellence in their MPA application (new admits) or Core coursework (continuing students) + financial need (FAFSA received by 2/1 priority deadline required). Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Financial Aid Application online form required.

Work Study – Graduate Assistant Award
Amount: $12/hour part-time employment, for one or more students

Demonstrated academic excellence in public administration coursework and the ability to perform high quality research + financial need. (FAFSA required)