Tuition & Fees

Are you passionate about education, conservation and adventure?

North Cascades Institute invites you to apply for our unique Graduate M.Ed. program that is fully integrated into a degree program at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University. A Master of Education in Environmental Education is earned upon completion of the the seven-quarter program, along with Certificates in Leadership and Nonprofit Administration and Northwest Naturalist History awarded by North Cascades Institute.

Unlike most peer programs, our students — because they are enrolled at WWU — are eligible for federal financial aid and work study. Please read on for the latest information on tuition and fees for the program.

Western Washington University

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Western Washington University's tuition for all seven quarters of the degree program was estimated to be $15,082 for residents of Washington State and $21,410 for non-residents in 2016-17 (not including materials, books and other fees). Please see WWU's tuition and fee schedule for their most recent information. For the State of Washington resident requirements, please see WWU's registrar's office information.

North Cascades Institute

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In addition to WWU's tuition, there is a residency fee payable to North Cascades Institute that covers lodging, partial board for 5 quarters, instruction and training, as well as some operations, transportation and administrative support costs . The fee for 2017-18 is $21,495 and is paid in quarterly installments. A $500 deposit toward this fee is due upon acceptance into the program. 

Discounts and scholarships are applied to the final residency quarter fees.

North Cascades Institute also offers individual scholarships; please visit our Financial Aid & Scholarships page or contact for more details.

Wilderness First Responder certification is required for this graduate program. You will need your WFR certificate prior to the start of the residency. The estimated cost for certification is $600-$800.

Housing and Living Expenses

During the residency, graduate students live in student housing at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center or in a historic riverfront house near the town of Marblemount, approximately 20 miles west of the ELC (see video previews of both options here). Housing and partial board for the first 5 quarters of the program is included in the Institute residency fee. Marblemount residents will have additional commuting costs. A $100 refundable damage deposit is due upon moving into Institute housing.

For the final two quarters at Western Washington University, students will live in Bellingham and provide their own housing.

Students are responsible for their own health insurance, books and supplies, transportation, computer and personal outdoor equipment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Please visit our page on Financial Aid and Scholarships for the latest information.