We are committed to making graduate-level education accessible and offer significant scholarships, tuition discounts, and early bird rebates to applicants.
Start here to understand the costs of our program and begin investigating sources of financial aid as early as possible.
IslandWood offers a graduate program stipend to all enrolled students to help cover basic living expenses. The stipend can be spent by graduate students in any way they choose and is intended to help our students focus as much as possible on their learning and less on how to cover basic living expenses.
|For 2018-2019 Academic Year|
|10 months on-campus||10 months off-campus|
$300 for housing and keys
|$100 for keys|
(applied toward tuition costs)
Due upon commitment to hold student's place
* Service and activity fees charged by the University of Washington for the Fall and Winter quarters only, includes: Registration fee ($44/quarter); Technology fee ($41/quarter); Other mandatory fees charged by the University of Washington ($247/quarter); Husky card (UW student ID card); U-PASS fee ($80/quarter). These fees reflect the 2018-2019 year and are subject to change.
** Applied toward tuition costs and due upon commitment to hold student's place
- 10 graduate courses throughout the year
- Up to 31 credits toward the partnered Master's degree program at the University of Washington (These credits should transfer to most universities & colleges as well.)
- A year-long teaching practicum with extensive mentoring by education staff and faculty
- Professional development opportunities on subjects including cultural competency, wilderness medicine, science education, natural history, art education, and garden education.
- Low faculty/student ratio with extensive advising and mentoring
IslandWood is a proud partner of the YMCA GOLD/BOLD Dudley Edmondson Fellowship. This 15-month graduate degree fellowship provides adults of color with the opportunity to lead outdoor expeditions with low-income youth as a YMCA GOLD or BOLD instructor during two consecutive summers while completing the IslandWood-UW M.Ed program. Dudley Edmondson Fellows receive a $10,000 scholarship from IslandWood. Applications accepted through March.
Download the brochure for more information on how to apply or contact:
We offer service awards that can be applied toward the cost of tuition to applicants affiliated (members, alumni, interns, staff, etc.) with service corps, military, and partner organizations, as well as teachers and paraprofessionals.
This following list is not comprehensive. To learn about eligibility and rates, or to inquire about organizations not listed here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Paraprofessional educators
- AmeriCorps National
- Serve Washington
- AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)
- AmeriCorps VISTA
- FEMA Corps
- Peace Corps
- Teach for America
- City Year
- Student Conservation Association
- Washington Conservation Corps
- Veterans Conservation Corps
- Puget Sound Corps
- Food Corps
- Active Duty
- Antioch University
- University of Washington
- College Success Foundation
- Natural Leaders
- YMCA BOLD/GOLD
- Doris Duke Conservation Scholars
Once accepted and enrolled in the UW Master’s in Education degree program as a matriculated student you are eligible for federal financial aid.
Students wishing to receive federal financial aid through the UW are encouraged to complete the FAFSA application by January 15 or as soon as possible. Please contact the University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) with specific questions regarding the financial aid process.
Opportunities to forgive, cancel, or discharge your loans are available through several programs, such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Teacher Loan Forgiveness programs. Visit the Federal Student Aid website for more info.
Paid on-campus work opportunities are available at IslandWood in various departments for all graduate students, regardless of financial need. Examples of on-campus employment opportunities include: blogging and photography, research assistant, lab assistant, art studio assistant, gear room assistant, garden assistants, facilities assistants, and event assistants.
Students will be invited to apply for employment during orientation training in September. The hourly wage for 2018-2019 graduate students is $13.00. Because employment is on top of meeting the responsibilities of being a full-time graduate student, most IslandWood graduate students work an average of 5hrs/week.
We can also help connect graduate students to off-campus work opportunities on Bainbridge Island. These opportunities commonly include childcare, house-sitting, pet-sitting, yard work, and other odd jobs.
The following websites offer searchable databases for scholarships. In addition, these sites include general information on applying for and receiving Financial Aid, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA is required for individuals seeking federal loans), and resources for students of color, students without documentation, and military veterans.
- UW College of Education Scholarships
- Human Rights Campaign LGBTQ Scholarships Database
- Pride Foundation Scholarship
- GoGrad lists scholarships for LGBTQ individuals, Women, and Veterans
- Scholarships for Women
- Scholarships.com various scholarships for underrepresented groups
- Open Education Database
- Scholarships for Education Majors