MPA Costs and Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable programs in the country at under $13,000 a year for in-state residents, attending full-time.

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

See the Tuition and Fees page for details, including tuition deadlines.

Financial Aid

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

  • Part-time = 4-7 credits per quarter
  • Full-time = 8 credits or more 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

Applications for MPA scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year are due Monday, May 2nd at 11:59 pm applications for 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.

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

To be considered for MPA scholarships and other aid, you must submit an MPA Sponsored Aid Application. Complete an application with MPA here:

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!

Note that not all awards listed below are available in all years. Most award amounts depend on available funding and thus may differ from year to year.

Go to 2022-23 MPA Sponsored Aid Application or use the button above to apply. 

 

Title Criteria
Hearst Native American Scholarship &
Amount: Not available for 2022-23

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 or WASFA required

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and Essay (250 words)

Alumni and Friends Fellowship
Amount: $2,000 2022-23

This award will be made to an MPA student who has a demonstrated commitment to community service.  Financial need is considered and a FAFSA or WASFA must be received by February 1st.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and essay (250 words)

AmeriCorps Education Award
Amount: Varies with funding, but no more than one quarter of resident tuition

Demonstrated commitment to community service through one year or more of AmeriCorps service. No FAFSA or WASFA required

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application, essay (250 words), letter of recommendation, AmeriCorps service letter

Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Amount: $4300 each to two recipients

Financial need, as demonstrated in FAFSA or WASFA received by February 1st.

Graduate Fellowship Trust
Amount: $1272 each to six recipients 2022-23

Academic merit, financial need, and commitment to continued intellectual and professional development. FAFSA or WASFA must be received by February 1st.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and essay (250 words)

John Walker Scholarship
Amount: $400 to one applicant 2022-23

Awarded to a female MPA student, 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 or WASFA must be received by February 1st.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and essay (250 words)

Judge Carol Fuller Graduate Fellowship
Amount: $1,575 to one applicant 2022-23

Awarded to an MPA student with past experience or future plans related to helping young children living in or near poverty conditions. No FAFSA required.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and  essay (250 words)

MPA Merit Award
Amount: To be determined 2022-23

One or more awards for MPA students who demonstrate academic excellence in their MPA application (new admits) or Core coursework (continuing students).No FAFSA required.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application

MPA Tribal Program Endowment
Amount: $3,035 distributed among one or more applicants 2022-23

 

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and essay (250 words)

Sara Ann Bilezikian Sustainability Fellowship
Amount: Approximately $12,000 per year for 2 years, to one applicant 2022-23/2023-24

2 year award made to an MPA student admitted in an even-numbered year who is studying sustainability. No FAFSA or WASFA is required.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application, essay (250 words), resume, letter of recommendation

Senator John McCoy Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 per year for two years for one student enrolled in the Tribal Governance concentration

This is a 2-year award that is given in even-numbered years to a Tribal Governance concentration student with a demonstrated commitment to students doing work in the area of environmental studies and/or public health. Preference is given to Washington State residents. No FAFSA or WASFA is required.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application, resume, and essay (250 words)

Soule Family Fellowship
Amount: $2,100 to one applicant 2022-23

Awarded every other year to an MPA student with a demonstrated commitment to students doing work in the area of environmental studies and/or public health. Financial need is considered, and a FAFSA or WASFA must be received by February 1st.

Application materials: Completed sponsored aid application and essay (250 words)

Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship
Amount: Not available for 2022-23

Awarded in the winter quarter of even-numbered years to Tribal Governance concentration students with a demonstrated need of funding for their upcoming MPA capstone project. Recipients must be in good academic standing. Application process will be announced when this award is available. No FAFSA or WAFSA is required.

Washington State Employee Tuition Waivers

Employees of The Evergreen State College, other Washington state government agencies, and public K-12 staff may be eligible for one or more tuition waiver programs offered by The Evergreen State College.  Information about eligibility criteria, restrictions, and application process and materials is available through registering with a waiver.

Work Study Graduate Assistant Award
Amount: To be determined

Demonstrated academic excellence in public administration coursework and the ability to perform high quality research. Financial need is considered and a FAFSA or WASFA must be received by February 1st.

Application materials:  MPA graduate assistants are hired for hourly work on an as-needed basis. The application process for graduate assistantships is announced via email when a position becomes available.

Evergreen FAFSA School Code

Evergreen's code is 008155