Tuition and Fees

As a Comm Lead student, you are classified as a self-sustaining (a.k.a. fee-based) student at the University of Washington. This designation means that you pay per credit and that there is no difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.

Full-time graduate status is 10 credits per quarter, and half-time status is 5 credits per quarter. The program requires 45 credits to graduate.

Tuition is $729 per credit for all students for the 2018-2019 academic year.

In addition to paying per credit, students are responsible for certain fees. Fees are paid to UW Professional and Continuing Education (UW PCE) unless otherwise indicated.

The 2018-2019 quarterly fees include:

  • UW PCE registration fee: $45 each quarter in which you are registered
  • UW technology fee: Based on the number of credits you’re taking. Ranges from $11-$38 (for 5 credits this fee is currently $27)
  • Other mandatory fees, including the UW Services & Activities fee: Based on the number of credits you’re taking. Ranges from $68-$238 (for 5 credits this fee is currently $170)
  • U-PASS fee: $84 per quarter. Includes unlimited access to most local public transit. More information here. (Paid to Student Fiscal Services)
  • International Student Fee: $45 per quarter. Applies to international students only. More info here. (Paid to Student Fiscal Services)

In summary, tuition and fees for a full-time graduate student for 2018-2019 is $7695 per quarter ($23,085 for the academic year) for domestic students, and $7740 per quarter ($23,220 for the academic year) for international students. International students are required to have health insurance. UW offers its own International Student Health Insurance Plan (ISHIP).

Financial Resources

Federal Assistance

For U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, the FAFSA is how you apply for federal student aid. At the graduate level, assistance comes primarily in the form of student loans. The priority deadline is January 15, but you can still apply after that date. Please note it can take about 12 weeks after you submit the FAFSA for you to receive an offer of aid from the UW Office of Student Financial Aid, so submit ASAP and then be patient!

Note: When communicating with the Office of Student Financial Aid, please always be sure to indicate you are a student in a fee-based program, as this is an important distinction in financial aid matters.

UW Funding Resources

The Graduate Funding Information Services (GFIS) is a fantastic resource at UW committed to assisting graduate students in finding additional funding. Located in the Research Commons at Allen Library, GFIS can help find ways to ease the financial burden of graduate school. Specifically, GFIS provides a funding resources guide, a funding blog with up to date opportunities, as well as weekly drop in hours at the Research Commons and virtual office hours. Drop in hours change quarterly, so keep an eye on their website for updates.

TIP: Contact GFIS early as there are often funding application deadlines to consider.

Private Loans

Private loan funds must be certified by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid before they can be disbursed to your account. To ensure that the loan was certified, contact UW PCE Registration Services at c2reg@uw.edu with your full name and UW student number.

Veteran’s Education Benefits

Veteran’s Education Benefits can be used towards covering your tuition. For more information please visit: https://osfa.washington.edu/wp/veterans/.

Other Funding Resources

There are other scholarship and grant opportunities available beyond those offered by the UW and Comm Lead. These can range from merit based scholarships to diversity grants. For a comprehensive list, please see the Office of Fellowships and Assistantships page on the Graduate School website.

GO-MAP Graduate Supplemental Awards

Comm Lead can nominate three students per year for the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) Graduate Supplemental Awards. While limited in number, these awards can provide substantial assistance to underrepresented minority students pursuing a graduate degree. Applications are due in June each year, so if you are interested in being nominated for a GO-MAP Graduate Supplemental Award, please contact us by the beginning of May at commlead@uw.edu.

Comm Lead Scholarships and Opportunities

Comm Lead offers a limited number of Professional Development Scholarships. Professional Development Scholarships are to support attendance at and travel to conferences, workshops, or other training opportunities outside of academic classes. Students have previously applied for funding to attend Games for Change in NYC, SXSW in Austin, and various local conferences (TEDx, Seattle Interactive, GeekWire Summit). Download the Professional Development Scholarship Form here.

Quarterly Partner Program projects offer a chance for students to offset some tuition costs by working on independent communication and storytelling projects for client organizations. Contact Molly Schachter at mschach@uw.edu for details and the latest opportunities.

For advanced Comm Lead students, there are also opportunities to apply for grader positions for some of the Comm Lead classes. These opportunities are announced to students when they are available.

Emergency Funds

The Department of Communication has an emergency fund available to students, called the Dolores Eyler Fund, which is meant to assist with unexpected challenging expenses such as health care costs, car repairs, and emergency travel. Please consider applying to this fund for non-tuition emergency expenses.

There are many other emergency assistance options on and off campus, from short-term loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid, to the UW Campus Food Pantry for food insecure students. These emergency assistance programs and many more are outlined here.

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