Tuition & Funding Opportunities

Tuition and Fees

The tuition rates and fees (quarterly basis) for all of the department's Graduate degree options are updated and posted on the Office of Planning and Budgeting's website under the following tuition categories (both resident and non-resident rates):

  • All PhD degrees - tuition category: "SPH PhD Program"
  • All MS degrees - tuition category: "SPH Masters (excl MPH)"
  • All MPH degrees - tuition category: "Master of Public Health"

To be considered a full time graduate student, students must be enrolled in at least 10 credits per quarter. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides estimated cost of attendance for undergraduate and graduate students. 

In-state tuition for MS and PhD students who are residents of 16 Western states

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) is a 16-state and territory commission working to improve access to higher education for students in the western region by reducing a student's tuition to a resident rate.  Beginning in Summer quarter of 2017, all of our department's graduate degree options (excluding Master of Public Health degrees) are part of WICHE's Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which makes this program available to students who can demonstrate residency in a participating state or territory for the 12 months prior to the start of their graduate degree. The participating states are listed on the WRGP website.  Eligible admitted students with residency in any of these states who apply for the WRGP rate will be charged the UW's resident tuition rate instead of the non-resident rate.  

Types of Support

Student Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and permanent residents are strongly encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by January 15 to be considered for priority financial aid. We encourage students to submit a FAFSA regardless of whether they intend to borrow any state or federal aid, so that the University may assess them for other need-based funding. There are also scholarships which require that students have a current FAFSA on file in order to be considered. Contact the UW Financial Aid Office for additional information on various types of aid to help support you as a student.

Traineeships and Fellowships

Traineeships that provide stipends, tuition support and insurance benefits are also available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are US citizens or permanent residents. 

Apply for support from the NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC) Training Grant, the NIEHS-funded Biostatistics, Epidemiologic and Bioinformatic Training in Environmental Health (BEBTEH) training grant and the NIH-funded Environmental Pathology Training Grant (EPT).

Undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds can apply for the Supporting Undergraduate Research Experience in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) program. SURE-EH Students are paid on an hourly basis to conduct research.

New or continuing students may also apply for individual fellowships, which are primarily funded from federal sources like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), etc. There are also limited fellowships available from private sources (foundations, private business, and professional organizations such as American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Society of Toxicology (SOT), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), National Science Foundation (NSF).     

Recruitment Awards

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship provides a total recruitment bonus of $17,500 ($7,500 in year one, and $5,000 in years two and three). These funds are in addition to funding via Academic Service Employees (Research Teaching, Staff Assistantship) quarters of support or traineeship.

The Top Scholar award provides funding support in the first 3 quarters of year one support. 

The Graduate Opportunity and Minority Access Program (Go-Map) fellowship provides funding support in the first 3 quarters of year 1, with a match of an additional 3 quarters in year 2. 

Research, Teaching, and Staff Assistantships (Academic Service Employees)

New and continuing students can also apply each year for limited open research, teaching, and staff assistantships positions. These positions are competitive. 

Occupational and Environmental Residency Program Funding

Questions about funding for the Occupational and Environmental medicine residency program should be directed to the residency program office.