Financial Aid for MPA Students
The vast majority of students admitted to the MPA program are eligible for some form of financial aid. Financial Aid resources include: federal student loans, scholarships, tuition waivers and work study.
The Evergreen Financial Aid Office determines eligibility for, and administers, the federal student loan program. The MPA program provides additional financial assistance, such as tuition waivers, scholarships, fellowships and work-study. Together, we are committed to making every effort to award aid to as many students as possible.
The Evergreen State College strongly encourages qualified persons of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations; persons with disabilities; persons over 40; women; and Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply for MPA Scholarships and Financial Assistance Awards.
UPDATE: for 2013-14, federal financial student loan aid is still available. To be eligible, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Follow the instructions listed under "The Financial Aid Process for Graduate Students" on the Graduate Student Financial Aid page of the college's Office of Financial Aid website. Evergreen's school code is 008155.
For 2014-15, we expect to post financial aid application directions in December 2013.
For reference, here are the directions students followed for applying for financial aid from the MPA Program for the 2013-2014 academic year:
STEP 1: Complete the 2013-14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- available January 1, 2013 -- with instructions at the Graduate Student Financial Aid link. Completing the FAFSA is necessary to qualify for federal student loans and for any MPA gift aid with a need component. Evergreen's school code is 008155. Entering this number allows for the electronic release of your information to the Financial Aid office for processing.
Your completed FAFSA must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than March 1, 2013. However, considering potential delays related to corrections you may be required to make, as well as federal processing time, we strongly recommended that you submit your FAFSA well in advance of March 1st, to maximize your chances of having a fully processed, complete FAFSA by the March 1st deadline. Follow the instructions listed under "The Financial Aid Process for Graduate Students" on the Graduate Student Financial Aid page of the college's Office of Financial Aid website.
STEP 2: Check out your options for financial assistance from the MPA Program: MPA students seeking financial assistance may be eligible for MPA sponsored tuition-waivers, scholarships, work-study and other types of aid. We offer a limited number of awards that includes a mix of need-based and merit-based aid. All students in the MPA program are considered for specific awards, and there are several awards that students must apply separately for by submitting an online application. Please see the award descriptions on the Financial Aid Awards Information page.
STEP 3: Submit the 2013-14 MPA Financial Aid Awards Application by April 8, 2013. To apply for MPA scholarships and assistance, you must complete an online survey. You will be asked to fill in your basic information and indicate each award you are applying for with a response addressing how you meet the specific criteria in 100 words or less. Please note that you will not be able to go back and make changes to the online application once you have hit "next," so it is advised that you have your essays ready to cut and paste, you know which awards you are applying for, and that you have your contact information ready before proceeding.You can access the MPA Financial Aid Online application here. The application will be closed at 11:59pm on Monday, April 8, 2013. Applicants will receive a confirmation email by April 10th.
If you are applying for an AmeriCorps award, please email your additional application materials to MPA Office Assistant Jan Hays at firstname.lastname@example.org or deliver them to her in Lab 1 room 3019.
Applicants will be notified by the end of April, 2013.
Evergreen's tuition and fees for 2013-2014 are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature.
NEW! Master of Public Administration Merit Awards: All MPA students in good standing are automatically considered for an MPA Merit Award, or an MPA-Tribal Governance Merit Award. The awards seek to recognize outstanding students and applicants regardless of financial need, therefore, a FAFSA is not required. One to three awards will be distributed to applicants in both cohorts who submit an exceptional application for admission, or current students who demonstrate consistent excellence in the MPA program.
Additional Financial Aid resources:
- Georgetown University Scholarship Bulletin Board (posted 8/16/12)
- Comprehensive Scholarship Database -- on Antioch University's website (posted 6/5/12)
- Sue Crystal Memorial Fellowship for MPA-Tribal Capstone -- Provides funding for capstone projects for students in the MPA-Tribal Governance cohort. Projects must focus on building healthy and sustainable tribal communities.
- Cargill Sustainability Fellowship for Spring 2012 MPA Capstone -- Provides an award to fund a Spring 2012 MPA Capstone project that promotes or accomplishes environmental sustainability. The deadline to apply for this award is February 27, 2012.
- Boren Fellowship for Graduate Study -- Provides up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Application due January 31, 2012.
- List of selected non-Evergreen scholarship and fellowship opportunities (Word document 2/12).
- For questions about residency status and how to establish that you are a Washington State resident, go to the residency page of the Evergreen website.
- For additional financial aid resources for graduate students, see the Graduate Studies website.
For any other questions: for the Public/Non-Profit Administration and Public Policy concentrations, contact Randee Gibbons, Assistant MPA Director - General Cohort, at (360) 867-6554; for the Tribal Governance concentration, contact Puanani Nihoa, MPA Student Services Assistant - Tribal Cohort, at (360) 867-6202.