Graduate Tuition & Aid

Costs & Fees

This section contains resources and information about tuition and fees for resident and non-resident students. Visit our Residency page to find more information on residency status. Student Financial Services can provide billing information.

Graduate Full-Time Tuition & Fees 2021-2022

Student StatusResidentNon-Resident & International
Per Credit Rate$411.77$617.65$931.29$1,396.93
Full-time (10-18 Credits)$4,117.65$6,176.48$9,312.86$13,969.30
Per Term Total$4,462.65$6,693.98$9,657.86$14,486.80
Per Year Total *$13,387.95$13,387.96$28,973.58$28,973.60

*Based on full-time enrollment for three consecutive quarters or two consecutive semesters

For more information, visit the Tuition Rates page.

Program-Specific Fees

Some EWU graduate programs charge an additional program fee per semester, which are listed below.

ProgramAdditional Fee
Doctor of Physical Therapy$750 per Semester
Occupational Therapy$975
Communication Sciences and Disorders$400

Graduation Fee

Students pay a one-time graduation fee of $50 when they apply to graduate.

Scholarship Opportunities

EWU graduate nonresident tuition scholarship (NRTS) waivers are available to high-achieving students nominated by their academic department or program. These awards reduce nonresident tuition to approximately 150 percent of the resident rate in the student’s chosen program.

Waiver TypeTotal Tuition & Fees Per Term 2021-2022Amount Waived per TermBalance Charged to Student
NRTS Waiver for Quarter Program$9,657.86$3,254$6,403.86
NRTS Waiver for Semester Program$14,486.80$4,481$9,605.80

No service to the university is required of recipients of NRTS waivers. Interested students must contact the program to which they are applying.

These awards may not be combined with other tuition waiver awards. Students must remain in good academic standing with a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 and maintain full-time enrollment of 10 credits or more per quarter or semester in order to continue receiving this waiver.

In order to further reduce the total tuition charge, students who accept this waiver in their first year of enrollment should seek, whenever possible, to become classified as Washington residents for the second year of their program. For more on this topic, visit the Residency page maintained by the Records and Registration.

NRTS Information (Quarters)

NRTS Information (Semesters)

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) coordinates student exchange programs among 15 western states and member entities of the U.S. Pacific Territories. WICHE ensures access to higher education for all citizens of the western United States. Residents of member states are eligible to enroll in available programs of study outside their home states at reduced tuition rates.

Full-Time Graduate Students in: Non-Resident Tuition and Fees Per Term, 2021-2022Amount Waived Per TermBalance Charged to Student
Quarter Programs$9,657.86$5,196$4,461.86
Semester Programs$14,486.8$7,794$6,692.80

Eastern Washington University graduate programs participate in two WICHE programs: Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) and Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP).

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Student receives a tuition waiver to pay resident tuition (fees are additional).

Approved programs:

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Creative Writing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Public History
  • Social Work

No service to the university is required.

This waiver may be combined with a resident graduate service appointment (GSA) to provide the equivalent of a full nonresident tuition waiver.

Please review the following documents for detailed information about the requirements and conditions for these awards:

WICHE Information (Quarters)
WICHE Information (Semesters)

Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders, Creative Writing, Dental Hygiene or Social Work programs are encouraged to establish Washington residency whenever feasible.

Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP)

The student pays resident tuition (fees are additional). Funding is provided directly to the institution from the student’s home state to cover a portion of or all nonresident tuition.

Approved programs:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

No service to the university is required.

Most WICHE states have a service payback requirement for PSEP graduates. For more details, review your home state’s information at the WICHE website.

Students in the Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy programs are required to retain their home state residency in accordance with WICHE requirements for those programs. For more on this topic, visit the Residency page maintained by the Records and Registration Office.

Graduate students may be eligible for some EWU scholarships, including program/major-specific scholarships. You can complete just one scholarship application to be considered for a variety of EWU scholarship opportunities.


EWU abides by the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) April 15 Resolution, which obliges EWU to allow admitted graduate students to consider all offers of financial support for the fall term through April 15. The resolution binds students to their decisions made or held in place after April 15.

The April 15 deadline applies only to acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a GSA or a tuition waiver like NRTS or WICHE). It is not a deadline for confirming enrollment after an offer of admission is received.

Acceptance of an offer of financial support made after April 15 is conditional upon resignation by the applicant of any previously accepted offer. A formal release by the program is no longer required.

For more information, contact Leslie Swannack at or 509.359.4675.

Graduate Service Appointments (GSA)

GSAs teach or support scholarly or creative activities. Students with a GSA work an average of 20 hours per week and may not accept any other employment or compensation from the university.

For new students: In the GradCAS application, the question that asks if you’re interested in a Graduate Service Appointment, select yes and upload any required documents.

For continuing students: Complete and submit the Departmental GSA Form by March 1 for the Fall term.

Submitting your application early is encouraged. Some departments may also have deadlines earlier than March 1. Please review the GSA Information document for detailed information about the requirements and conditions for these awards:

Terms of GSA awards vary but they usually include discounted tuition, an hourly wage, sick leave, and discounted premium for optional health insurance. GSA discounted tuition, however, does not cover fees.

Because nonresident tuition is significantly higher than resident tuition, relatively few GSAs are allocated for nonresident students. Occasionally, a nonresident student accepts a GSA award with a resident-level waiver, since these awards are more widely available. In such cases, the student is responsible for paying the difference between the total charge for nonresident tuition and fees and the resident-level tuition waiver.

A portion of the total funding for Graduate Service Appointments is allocated for outstanding students who demonstrate financial need. Only Washington residents are eligible for a need-based GSA award.

To be considered for this, applicants must:

  1. Be a Washington resident
  2. Complete the FAFSA
  3. Apply for a Graduate Service Appointment

Graduate students with a GSA are eligible to enroll in a health insurance program at a discounted cost. The plan covers unlimited medical expenses, with a deductible of $250/$500 per benefit year.

GSA students are not automatically enrolled in this plan. GSA students must opt in by completing an enrollment form. Eligible GSAs will receive an email with enrollment instructions by the end of August.

This insurance plan generally provides coverage in case of a serious illness or injury requiring hospitalization. Also covered are doctor visits, prescriptions, and more, per the plan. This plan is separate from, and in addition to, the student health clinic services provided by the comprehensive health and wellness (CHW) fee. Review the plan documents for specific coverage.

2021-2022 GSA Health Insurance Information


Please ensure health services are covered PRIOR to any service. We recommend you review the plan documents provided at Academic Health Plans


Leslie Swannack
Graduate Studies Office
206 Showalter Hall

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Many graduate students seek graduate assistantship positions to help fund their education. At EWU, these are called Graduate Service Appointments (GSAs). They typically consist of discounted tuition, an hourly wage, sick leave, and discounted premium for optional health insurance. The discounted tuition does not cover fees. GSA positions are available for both resident and nonresident graduate students.

GSAs are awarded on a competitive basis to students of outstanding promise by an academic program or administrative office.

The majority of GSA positions are awarded for Fall terms. Occasionally, however, new positions become available throughout the year.

To look for available positions, contact your department/program.