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Tuition + Financial Support

You can find current information on tuition and fees for undergraduate and graduate students by visiting the Current Tuition and Fees Dashboards.

Prospective students can find information about full costs (including tuition, fees, room and board, supplies, transportation, etc.) on the fact sheets for each program at the bottom of our LAAB accreditation page.

Note: Per WA House Bill 1079, undocumented students who graduated from a Washington state high school (or earned the equivalent) are considered as “residents” for purposes of higher education, which permits them to pay in-state tuition rates at state colleges and universities. More information available here.

Funding through the Department of Landscape Architecture

The Department offers need-based and merit-based scholarships for selected applicants who receive an offer of admission.  When applying to the BLA or MLA program, there is no separate application to complete.  All admitted candidates are considered and matched to the available scholarships.  Applicants to the MLA program who would like to communicate a specific need for funding, please complete the MLA Admissions Scholarship request form. Applicants to the BLA program should contact the BLA Program Advisor.

The Department also awards a limited number of scholarships for continuing students.  These are one-time awards that are applied to the recipients’ tuition accounts in the following year of study.  Scholarships vary each year, but typically range from $500 – $5,000.  Students apply for and the funding is awarded each spring.

Western Regional Graduate Program for Reduced Tuition

The Master of Landscape Architecture program along with other programs in the College of Built Environments is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).  WRGP selection is competitive based on merit, evaluation in the candidate pool, and financial need.  If selected by the Department for WRGP, students who meet eligibility requirements including established residency in one of the following 14 states and 2 UW territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, Utah, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for Washington state resident tuition rates. Learn more about the WRGP program and process.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers several federal, state and private financial aid programs created to help students pay tuition and fees for their education. Assistance is available in the form of grant aid, scholarships, loans, and work opportunities. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for information on the programs, eligibility criteria and application procedures.

To begin the financial aid process at the University of Washington, please visit the UW Office of Student Financial Aid website. For priority consideration, your FAFSA must be received by the federal application processor by the University’s deadline of January 15. You must file a FAFSA every year. The FAFSA application is typically available online beginning in October for the following year. For more information regarding financial aid, please contact The UW Office of Student Financial Aid.

Financial Aid for Students Impacted by Racism and its Intersections

Graduate Diversity Funding are available to students whose individual experiences and/or academic interests will bring diversity to scholarly perspectives and endeavors, and to the academic community. For additional information on diversity fellowships available, contact the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Equity + Excellence (GSEE).

Student Employment

The Department and College post several student jobs each year.  Most of these are hourly paid positions which pay $20/hour but there are also a few opportunities for Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships (TA/RA) which would waive tuition and offer student health insurance for the quarter the student is hired. Faculty prefer to hire students who are in their final year of study for TA/RA positions – after they have completed the core studios/coursework.  For Department jobs, students submit an application in spring for employment the following year, preference is given to students who are Work-Study eligible.  

Work Study:  To qualify for Work-Study jobs, students must be US residents, demonstrate financial need and have a Work-Study award as part of your overall financial aid award. To determine work-study eligibility, a FAFSA must be submitted.  All questions regarding work-study eligibility should be directed to the UW Office of Student Financial Aid.

UW On-Campus Employment:

Off Campus Employment:  Our students have been successful in securing part-time positions at design firms and public agencies during the academic year and full-time positions during the summer. Here is a list of local firms who advertise positions regularly with our Department: UW LA PAC Internship Inventory

Other Resources

UW Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS)

External Scholarships that are sent to our school are shared via our student communication channels.