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.
|Item||Full-time (12 credits)|
|Part-time (8 credits)|
|Loan Fees (only if taking out loans)||$219||$219||$219||$219|
|Room & Board||$12,363||$12,363||$12,363||$12,363|
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.
Use this tuition calculator to see more on costs for a specific quarter.
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, Tuition Waivers 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 February 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 and Fellowships
See below for current opportunities with application requirements and deadlines. Many of these awards require a separate MES Financial Assistance Application. Applicants who submit this by February 15, 2020 have the best chance as non-loan aid.
Students who apply to MES on time, and complete the MES Financial Assistance Application by February 15 are guaranteed consideration for MES-specific scholarships and fellowships. All students are eligible for $20,500+ in loans if they fill out the FAFSA.
| Brooks MES Fellowship|
Awarded to one continuing MES student who is working on their thesis.
| Evergreen Alumni & Friends Scholarship|
Open to continuing students who have not taken thesis credits. Merit-based award.
| Evergreen Foundation Graduate Fellowship|
Amount: $4,375; two awards
|Incoming non-resident student; competitive award based on merit.|
| Evergreen Graduate Fellowship Trust|
Amount: $5,798 disbursed among one or more MES students
Tuition Award, restrictions apply.*
Open to continuing students who have not yet taken thesis credits.
| Randy Ray Memorial Scholarship|
Amount: $1,000; 2 awarded
Interest in pursuing environmental policy with an emphasis on economic impact at the state and local levels.
Will be enrolled in Evergreen’s Masters in Environmental Studies program upon receipt of the scholarship.
| Soule Family Fellowship|
Amount: $2,300 distributed among one or more applicants
Students working or volunteering in environmental or public health.
| The Sara Ann Bilezikian Fellowship|
Demonstrated experience and goals related to environmental protection, environmental advocacy and social justice. Financial need also considered.
| The Emory Pyle Scholarship|
Open to a continuing student who has not yet taken thesis credits.