MPA Tuition & Expenses

All rates are for full-time enrollment (7–18 credits). The academic year consists of Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

MPA Tuition for 2014–2015 (per academic year)

Financial Details
Resident, in-stateNon-resident, out-of-state*
Total Tuition and Fees

A detailed breakdown of tuition and fees for the MPA and Ph.D. programs can be found at the University of Washington Office of Planning and Budgeting. Our Ph.D. students are listed as Graduate Tier 1.

Special note for UW and State of Washington employees: the tuition exemption benefit will not be available to matriculated Evans School students effective Autumn 2015 and thereafter.  The tuition exemption benefit will continue to be available to Graduate Non-Matriculated (GNM) students.  Information about the Evans School's policy on tuition exemption may be found here.

Health Insurance

Estimated Costs

  • Books and supplies**: $2,550 (for all courses required to earn the degree)
    • Core courses: $1,350 (includes all nine core courses, generally taken during the first year)
    • Electives: $1,200 (generally taken during the second year)
  • Room & board: $13,578 (for nine-month academic year)
  • Personal/miscellaneous expenses: $2,265 (for nine-month academic year)
  • Local transportation: U-Pass provides free and low cost transportation options around Puget Sound and the fee is included in tuition (for nine-month academic year)

* Applies to international students
**This is an estimate and will vary based on which books and other supplies faculty select for their courses.


Financial Assistance

The primary source of financial aid for the Evans School comes from the University of Washington (UW) Office of Student Financial Aid. The most common forms of UW-administered financial aid are work-study awards and Stafford or Perkins (NDSL) loans. You will need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the office’s deadline for priority consideration.

Financial Awards

The Evans School admissions committee offers departmental financial awards at the time of acceptance. All those who apply before the January 15 priority deadline are considered for financial awards. There is no separate application process, and award criteria is based primarily on academic merit. The availability of awards varies from year to year. Learn more

Repaying Student Loans

Income Driven Repayment Plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness: The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office has provided information to help you understand repayment options for direct federal loans: Income Driven Repayment Plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Learn more


Many Evans School students are hired directly as research assistants by our faculty and research centers. A limited number of administrative graduate assistantships are also available each year.Learn more

Other Resources

There are numerous sources of financial aid not administered by the Evans School or UW. Learn more