Financial Aid & Scholarships

At North Cascades Institute, we recognize the financial burden that our students take on in order to enroll in our graduate program. We have years of experience with helping graduate students navigate through the financial aid process at Western Washington University as well as other funding options. Please reach out to our Graduate Program Coordinator if you have any questions, and so that we can begin a dialogue on making this graduate experience affordable for you.


Students are eligible for educational loans through Western Washington University. Federal financial aid applications (FAFSA) and information is available from Financial Aid Department at Western Washington University, priority deadline is February 15. Be sure to mark work-study on the application if you are interested.


North Cascades Institute is proud to offer four scholarships for graduate students in our residency program. These scholarships were created to attract and reward applicants based upon diversity, financial need, merit and volunteer service. To apply, please submit your scholarship application along with your application for admittance to the North Cascades Institute Graduate Program.

North Cascades Institute Scholarship Application

Past graduate students have been incredibly successful at applying for and receiving outside scholarships and grants to help partially or fully fund their graduate education.  We urge you to read the below excerpt from a past-graduate student, discussing key tips and strategies on navigating the scholarship process.

Tips on scholarship opportunities from a North Cascades Institute Graduate M.Ed. residency alumni

work study

Most students are eligible for work study through Western Washington University, a federal program that pays up to $18/hour towards tuition for work that you can do with North Cascades Institute. Contact for more information!

We suggest that you investigate other financial aid opportunities available through foundations, government grants, community groups, professional organizations, financial institutions and other sources.