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.

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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.

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The North Cascades Institute residency fee for 2017-18 is $15,975. A $500 deposit toward this fee is due upon acceptance into the program. 

A $2,500 leadership fellowship is awarded upon completion of the second summer, the final quarter of the residency portion of the program, for leadership tracks. 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.


Residency housing and partial board for the first 5 quarters of the program is $7,300 and a $100 refundable damage deposit is due upon moving into Institute housing.

For the final two quarters, students will live near WWU in Bellingham and provide their own housing. Students are responsible for their own health insurance, books and supplies, transportation, computer and personal outdoor equipment.


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

Ready to make a difference? 
If you want to be a leader in Environmental Education, we designed this program with you in mind. Come visit our campus and see for yourself. , our Graduate Outreach Assistant,
to request an informational packet or schedule your campus visit!



We’re looking for people with a passion for field-based environmental education who want to influence change by building healthy, creative organizations. That means an equal interest in field teaching techniques and the behind-the-scenes work that makes programs happen and organizations thrive."

-Saul Weisberg, Executive Director
North Cascades Institute