Cost & Aid

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.

Graduate Program Stipend

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.


Tuition & Fees
For 2018-2019 Academic Year
  10 months on-campus 10 months off-campus
Tuition $25,165 $25,165
Housing $5,600 n/a
*UW fees ~$895 ~$895
TOTAL COST ~$31,660 ~$26,060
Refundable deposit

$300 for housing and keys

$100 for keys

Non-refundable deposit 

(applied toward tuition costs) 

Due upon commitment to hold student's place

$1,000 $1,000

* 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

Tuition includes:

  • 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 offers the following scholarship opportunities to help put graduate level studies within reach of all students and increase the diversity of the education field.
  • Scholarships for candidates demonstrating financial need.
  • Up to $10,000 for candidates from underrepresented communities in the education field.
    • We encourage candidates who identify from an underrepresented community in the education field to complete and submit the FAFSA and IslandWood Scholarship Application and include the second portion of the essay question as outlined on the application.
Scholarship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with notification within 4-6 weeks since receipt of a complete application. Early submission of applications is encouraged for greater chances of receiving an award. You may email the application and essay(s) to

Students may also contact the University of Washington for more information on grants and scholarships for graduate students. islandWood students are UW students during their time with us and are eligible for financial aid from the University of Washington.
IslandWood provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and admissions without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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:

Chris Hagen


Service Awards

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 


  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessional educators

Service Corps 

  • 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
  • EarthCorps
  • Food Corps


  • Active Duty
  • Veterans

Undergraduate Institutions

  • Antioch University
  • University of Washington

Community Organizations

  • College Success Foundation
  • IslandWood
  • Natural Leaders
  • 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.

Work Opportunities

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.

Other Funding Resources

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.