Funding graduate education
There are many options to consider when thinking about funding your graduate education. This includes, but may not be limited to, federal financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, private loans, student employment, and employer reimbursement. As you get started, review the MN program costs page.
The UW Graduate School provides an overview of funding resources and federal loans. The UW Graduate Funding Information Service assists with locating funding opportunities. Additionally, UW Bothell offers a short term loan program which can be applied to quarterly tuition.
Federal financial aid and private loans
When considering loans, bear in mind that federal loans require students be enrolled in a minimum of five credits per quarter for the loan to disperse.
The Master of Nursing program and the School offer scholarships to continuing students winter and spring quarters. Incoming students are automatically considered for a scholarship and UW alumni are eligible for an application scholarship; learn more on the admission overview page. All scholarships are limited in the amount and number of awards. Funding and availability vary each year.
If a scholarship requires full time study, which is ten credits per quarter, student should not automatically disqualify themselves! Rather, request a letter from the MN program adviser stating that the program plan of study does not allow for full time study. This may, and has in the past, allow for an exception to be made. Additionally, students should explore the various professional nursing associations and honor societies across the country for scholarships. While not exhaustive, below are links to various scholarship search engines and nursing specific scholarships.
UW Tuition Exception
UW and State of Washington employees may be eligible for tuition exemption which allows for a limited number of credits to be taken without being subject to the full cost of tuition. The School allows for one course; BNURS 525 to be taken at reduced tuition for eligible students.
The UW Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards administers a variety of fellowships and their staff is available for consultation. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, you need to plan ahead. Most fellowship competitions have deadlines 6-9 months prior to the beginning date of the fellowship, and usually require personal statements and letters of recommendation that may take several months to compile. Be sure to check the UW Graduate School Funding Calendar for deadlines.
The UW career system offers numerous resources, many of which are graduate-specific. Some good places to start are Husky Jobs, UW Employment, and the UW Career Centers.
- UW Bothell Career Center provides a variety of job-search services, including workshops on resume and cover letter writing and interviewing, individual advising sessions, employer information, and career fairs.
- UW Seattle Career Center - offers numerous resources for graduate students including workshops, professional development opportunities, the Grad Student Newsletter, job boards, jobs listers, and more.
The UW Bothell Student Services Office provides information and assistance though Veterans Services. This includes the VA Tuition Reduction Program and other support.
Updated December 2019