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

Please note that tuition and fees are subject to annual increases.  

Residency: Please refer to the University of Washington's requirements for establishing in-state residency

MPA Tuition for 2017–2018 (per academic year)

  Financial Details
WA Resident
  Total Estimated Tuition and Fees**

Ph.D. Tuition for 2017–2018 (per academic year)

  Financial Details
WA Resident
  Total Estimated Tuition and Fees**

Note on Ph.D. tuition: all admitted Ph.D. students are offered at least four years of full funding at the time of admission. Full funding at the University of Washington consists of a full tuition waiver, a monthly living stipend, and health insurance coverage. This funding is offered through research and teaching assistantships at the Evans School. 

The Evans School also offers flexible fee-based options for students seeking a part-time, three year MPA program. Learn more.

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. Learn more about the Evans School’s policy on tuition exemption.

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
** View a detailed breakdown of tuition and fees for graduate programs. MPA students are listed as"Master of Public Administration." Evans Ph.D. Students are listed as "Graduate Tier 1."

*** 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 admission. All those who apply before the January 15 priority deadline are considered for Evans School Fellowship 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.  Applicants may also be considered for internship funding to support their internship experience during the MPA program.

Student Loan Repayment Programs

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. 


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

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program (for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers)

Exclusively for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, financial support is available to Coverdell Fellows on a competitive basis. Learn more

Other Resources

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