MPA Costs and Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable programs in the country at approximately $12,000 a year for in-state residents, attending full-time.

Evergreen's MPA program is 60 credits, which can be completed in as little as two years.

See the Tuition and Fees page for details, including tuition deadlines. Graduate student tuition rates are listed below the Undergraduate student chart on the current Tuition Rate Table. 

Financial Aid

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

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

Military, Veterans, and Dependents 

The Veteran's Resource Center will help you receive all the benefits you have earned through your service. Please contact them directly for questions and support.

MPA Scholarships & Sponsored Aid Awards

2021-22 Sponsored Aid Applications are closed. 

2022-23 Sponsored Aid Applications will open in Winter 2022.

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

New students must submit their application to the MPA program by the Priority Deadline of February 1 to be eligible for our scholarships and sponsored aid.

For any aid sponsored by the MPA program, you must submit an MPA Sponsored Aid Application. Each type of aid has its own submission criteria; read the award pages below (by clicking on each award title) for the requirements for each Sponsored Aid opportunity. 

  • Many awards, including need-based aid, require submission of your FAFSA by February 1 each year to be considered. Allow 3-5 days prior for processing time!
Title Criteria
AmeriCorps Education Award
Amount: Up to one quarter of resident tuition

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

Requirements: Essay (100 words), Letter of Recommendation, AmeriCorp Service Letter

Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Amount: $8,750 distributed among several applicants

Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Sponsored Aid Application online form required. (FAFSA received by Feb. 1 priority deadline required)

Graduate Fellowship Trust
Amount: $7,339 distributed among several applicants

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

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

Hearst Native American Scholarship
Amount: If available, up to $3,081 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)

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

John Walker Scholarship
Amount: $400 to one applicant

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

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

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)

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

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 Sponsored 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 Sponsored Aid Application online form required. (No FAFSA required)

MPA Tribal Program Endowment
Amount: $2,900 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 Feb. 1 priority deadline required)

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

Sara Ann Bilezikian Sustainability Fellowship
Amount: Approximately $8,765 per year for 2 years, to one applicant

2 year award: approximately $8,765 per year for 2 years will be awarded to one student admitted in even years who is studying sustainability. (No FAFSA required)

Requirements: Essay (250 words), Resume, Letter of Recommendation

Soule Family Fellowship
Amount: $2,375 to one applicant

Commitment to students doing work in the area of environmental studies and/or public health (FAFSA received by Feb. 1 priority deadline required)

Requirements: Essay (100 words)

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

NOT offered in 2021. Awarded in Spring 2022 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. (No FAFSA required)

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. Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Sponsored Aid Application online form required. (FAFSA received by Feb. 1 priority deadline 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. Completion of “Basic Info” section of MPA Sponsored Aid Application online form required. (FAFSA received by Feb. 1 priority deadline required)

Work Study Graduate Assistant Award
Amount: $15/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 received by Feb. 1 priority deadline required)

Evergreen FAFSA School Code

Evergreen's code is 008155