MPA Costs and Financial Aid | The Evergreen State College

MPA Costs and Financial Aid

Evergreen’s MPA program is one of the most affordable MPA programs in the country, with tuition and fees for Washington State residents at two-thirds or less of the cost of our Northwest competitors.

Tuition Rates and Student Fees can be found on the Student Financial Services site. Note: 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 below are the estimated costs for an academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters only).

2016–17 Costs (WA Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/27/16)
  2 Year Track Full-Time min Part-Time
Total Basic + Potential Costs $24,252 $22,146 $19,897
Yearly Tuition $9,579 $7,665 $5,747
Mandatory Fees $729 $537 $206
Books and Supplies $1050 $1050 $1050
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $354 $354 $354
Total Basic Costs $11,712 $9,606 $7,357
Other Potential Costs
Room and Board $9,360 $9,360 $9,360
Transportation $1,125 $1,125 $1,125
Miscellaneous $2,055 $2,055 $2,055
2016–17 Costs (Non-Resident)
Estimated Yearly Cost of Attendance for 3 Quarters
(updated 4/27/16)
  2 Year Track Full-Time min Part-Time
Total Costs $36,810 $32,193 $27,432
Yearly Tuition $22,137 $17,712 $13,282
Mandatory Fees $729 $537 $206
Books and Supplies $1050 $1050 $1050
Loan Fees (only if taking out loans) $354 $354 $354
Total Basic Costs $24,270 $19,653 $14,892
Other Potential Costs
Room and Board $9,360 $9,360 $9,360
Transportation $1,125 $1,125 $1,125
Miscellaneous $2,055 $2,055 $2,055

A full-time MPA student takes 8 to 12 credits per quarter, for a total of 60 credits. Students who attend at the full-time minimum of 8 credits per quarter (see "Full-Time min" column above) complete the program in roughly 7.5 quarters, which typically includes at least one summer. Students on the "2 Year Track" (in the column above) complete an average of 10 credits per quarter for 2 academic years, which equals 6 quarters (2 years of attending Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters).

A part-time MPA student takes less than 8 credits per quarter. Students who take 6 credits per quarter (see "Part-Time" column above) complete the required 60 credits in 10 quarters, or about 3 years. Students who take a different amount of credits will be charged per credit as demonstrated on the Tuition Rates webpage.

Financial Aid

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, students must be taking at least 4 credits per quarter. 

Federal Loans

Full-time MPA students typically qualify for a $20,500 unsubsidized federal loan every academic year, beginning the Fall quarter of admission. To qualify, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by following the process on the Financial Aid website

Your financial aid package is based on the total cost of attendance, which varies based on the number of credits you take and if you have loan fees. Depending on your situation, you can also appeal to increase your cost of attendance, thus increasing your financial aid.

If you do not qualify for an increase in your cost of attendance but you have additional unmet need, you may also qualify for a Graduate PLUS Loan and/or a private 'alternative' loan. Loans vary in interest from 5% to 12% and may offer certain deferment options. See the Financial Aid website's "Loans" page for more information.

MPA-Sponsored Aid

We offer a variety of MPA-sponsored tuition waivers, scholarships, work-study, and other types of aid, as listed below. Our sponsored aid include a mix of need-based and merit-based aid.

To qualify for any MPA-sponsored aid with a need component, submission of a FAFSA by the Evergreen priority deadline is required. For 2017-18, you *must* submit the FAFSA so that the Evergreen Financial Aid Office receives it from the federal processor by the February 1, 2017 Evergreen priority deadline.

The 2017-18 FAFSA is available beginning October 1, 2016, and we recommend submitting your FAFSA no later than January 15, 2017. Note that the 2017-18 FAFSA uses *2015* income tax info. See the campus Financial Aid webpages for details.

To be considered for any of the MPA-sponsored aid listed below, you must complete and submit our online MPA Financial Aid Application. The Application is a Survey Monkey form, and applying for most awards requires just a 100 word mini-essay. In the list of MPA-sponsored aid below, click on the name of the award to access a page with more information about that award, including the specific subject of the mini-essay and other application information.

Note that after you submit your Application, it may take up to a week to receive an email confirmation.

The deadline for online submission of the MPA Financial Aid Application and any required supplementary materials is Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

Title 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 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 five 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)