Costs and 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 Tuition and Fee Costs by Residency and Full or Part-time degree track options for the 2021-2022 academic year in MES
Item Full-time
WA Resident
WA Resident
Total $12,549 $10,109 $27,114 $21,761
Tuition $11,661 $9,329 $26,226 $20,981
Mandatory Fees $888 $780 $888 $780

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. 

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, 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, 2022 to be considered. No additional application is needed. The Financial Aid office will notify you if you receive this award.

The Financial Aid office will calculate your eligibility for Financial Aid based on your Cost of Attendance. The Cost of Attendance includes all financial estimates for the funding you will need beyond your tuition and fees such as room and board, books and supplies, transportation, etc. These are included to ensure that you will have enough aid available to be able to attend college. You do not need to accept the full amount of any student loan aid you are awarded and can request only the amount you need to cover your tuition and fees.

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. To apply for non-loan aid offered through the MES Program, please complete and submit the MES 2022-2023 Scholarship Application. The Scholarship application cycle for 2022-2023 will open up in Winter quarter 2022 for current and incoming students to apply to. 

Students who apply to MES during the First Round application cycle (September 13 - December 31st, 2021), and complete the 2022-2023 MES Scholarship Application are guaranteed priority consideration for MES-specific scholarships and fellowships. All 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.

Emory Pyle Scholarship
Amount: $500

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

Evergreen Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Amount: $4,375; two awards

Incoming non-resident student; competitive award based on merit.

Evergreen Graduate Fellowship Trust
Amount: $7,340 disbursed among one or more MES students

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 and business impacts at the state and local levels.

Will be enrolled in Evergreen’s Masters in Environmental Studies program upon receipt of the scholarship.

The Sara Ann Bilezikian Fellowship
Amount: $9,143

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

External Scholarships and Fellowships

There are many funding resources for graduate students outside of MES and The Evergreen State College. Students are welcome to apply to many external funding resources that may fit their academic and/or professional needs. Check out our External Fellowships & External Grant-Funding Organizations pages to learn more about the funding resources available to help you on your academic path!