Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $572 per credit for the MA-TESOL and $578 per credit for the MA-TESOL K-12 program.

Financial Aid Application Process

To be eligible for financial assistance, graduate students must:

  1. must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Federal Student Aid Processor.
  2. must be admitted to a graduate degree program.
  3. must carry a minimum of 3 regular on-campus credits each quarter during which the financial aid is received.
  4. must submit additional documentation as requested to verify eligibility.

International applicants, please see below.

Financial Aid Programs

  • Federal Stafford Loan: Up to $8,500 maximum per year, depending on eligibility.
  • Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan: Cannot exceed $18,500 alone or in combination with the Federal Stafford Loan.
  • Federal or State Work-Study: Part-time employment opportunities for students.

Note: The combination of all sources of financial aid cannot exceed the cost of attendance determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships and Grants

  • The Martinez Fellows Scholarship-  An annual, nonrecurring award of $5,000 for two incoming students of color enrolled in one of SPU's graduate teacher-education programs (such as the MA-TESOL K-12).  Two scholarships are awarded per year. To apply, you must complete this application.
  • Stim Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship

    The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship Competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate.
    The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of importance to the community at great personal, political or professional risk.
    Essays must be submitted online between January 1 - February 28. Winners will be announced in May. Winning essays will be added to the collection in the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room at The Seattle Public Library and will be given directly to the participant’s school on their behalf.
    • Participants must live, work or attend school in Seattle.
    • Participants must be high school seniors or undergraduate students currently enrolled in a two-or four-year college, technical school, or university.
    • Participants must have a Seattle Public Library card.
    • Essays must be submitted online between January 1 - February 28. Submissions will not be accepted after February 28.
    • Essays must be a minimum of 1,500 words and no more than 2,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
    • Essays must be the original work of the student.
    • Essays must have a minimum of three sources, including one primary source document.
    • Essays must be double spaced. Minimum type size in 12 pt.
    • Foundation and Library employees involved in the development and administration of the contest are not eligible to participate nor are their immediate family members.
    • If the submitted entries are not up to the standards of the contest, the Foundation reserves the right not to select a winner(s).

  • WA State Business & Professional Women's Foundation

    Founded in 1919, the Washington State Business and Professsional Women's Foundation promotes equity for all women.

    Our Objectives: To elevate the standards of women in business and professions. To promote the interests of business and professional women. To bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States. To extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities.
    Our Mission: To achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information.
    Our Goal: To be the leading nonpartisan grassroots advocate for working women.

    • Woman student
    • Meet age requirements for specific scholarship
    • Has been a resident of Washington State a minimum of one year.
    • Has been accepted into a program or course of study at an accredited school in Washington State or is in an "online" program accepted by Washington State educational institutions.
    • Demonstrate scholastic ability
    • Be in need of financial assistance
    • Submit an official transcript of grades (copy accepted)

  • The Seattle Foundation Scholarships

    Scholarships offered by The Seattle Foundation are as unique as the generous donors who established them. We believe healthy communities come from strong minds built upon a foundation of idea, learning and diversity.
    The Seattle Foundation lists most of its Washington-based scholarships on Free of cost for both students and providers, acts as a clearinghouse with vetted scholarship information and matches those seeking scholarship support with those looking to provide it. In December 2009, the Washington Scholarship Coalition, consisting of public and private organizations including The Seattle Foundation, launched to make it easier for students to efficiently find and apply for relevant scholarship opportunities. may be used by students from Washington or students moving into Washington to attend school; scholarships posted include both in-state and out-of-state opportunities.

  • Walter H. Meyer - Garry L. White Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is offered by College Planning Network, and the application is due in March. The scholarship is directed specifically to returning adult students who are either attending or prepared to attend a 2- or 4-year public or private university, at the graduate or undergraduate level. If attending at the undergraduate level, the applicant must be over the age of 24. If attending at the graduate level, the applicant must be over the age of 30.   Grantees receive between $5,000 and $5,000 per person. A total of $75,000 is available and between 15 and 15 scholarships will be awarded. Apply electronically via

    Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduate or Professional degree program (MA, PhD, MD, JD, etc), College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior,

  • College Senior

    Situations Funded
  • Support for Tuition, Support for Mandatory Fees, Support for Room and Board

    Scholarship Preferences
  • You will be an adult student returning to college. 

    Application Details
  • Must demonstrate financial need, Number of family members in household, Number of family dependents attending college, Family income
    • Please submit an essay (no more than 500 words) explaining how this scholarship will help you meet your educational goals.
    • Please include two reference letters with your application. These letters should be from people who know you through your academic or employment experience or your community leadership and participation. (Do not include relatives as references.)
    • Please upload a copy of your transcript(s) for every applicable level of education and/or all schools you attended. An unofficial transcript is acceptable for application. Scholarship recipients will be required to submit an official transcript to The Seattle Foundation by July 15; funds will not be released to your school until we receive it.
    • This scholarship is for undergraduate students who are 24 years old or older, or graduate students who are 30 years or older. is a free web-based tool for Washington students seeking college scholarships. We make scholarship searching simple.
    Create a profile and review your scholarship matches. Register Today at

    Application requirements and instructions are updated annually by January 1. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline for most of The Seattle Foundation scholarships is March 1 and students will be notified of award decisions in mid-April.


    For a full list of scholarships administered by The Seattle Foundation, please visit  Scholarships Listing at


    The Seattle Foundation
    IBM Building
    1200 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1300
    Seattle, WA 98101-3151
    (206) 622-2294

Scholarship and grant directories are available at the campus library and in public libraries. Suggested resources include:

  • Grants for Graduate Students, Peterson's Guide
  • How to Find Out About Financial Aid: A Guide to Over 700 Directories..., Gail Schlachter, ed.
  • Scholarships, Fellowships & Loans, Feingold & Feingold

Online Resources include:

Financial Aid Information for International Applicants



For additional information about financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at Student Financial Services: 206-281-2061 or 1-800-737-8826. View an online listing of SPU's tuition and financial aid programs.