Costs & Financial Aid


danforth costs & financial aid

Costs

The Danforth Educational Leadership Program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program. Instructional fees are charged on a per-credit basis, and they are the same for resident (Washington state) and non-resident students. Fees are payable at the beginning of each quarter.

Estimated Danforth Program Costs, 20162017 (based on 20152016 tuition rates)

Certificate Only Certificate &
Master's Degree
Initial Expenses Application Fee $85 $85
Confirmation Deposit* $300 $300
Other Expenses Textbooks $370 $470
Summer Cohort Retreat Lodging & Meals $1,300 $1,300
Summer I Tuition $3,600 $5,400
Academic Year Danforth Tuition $18,000 $18,000
Additional Master's Tuition N/A $3,600
Estimated Total $23,355 $28,855

*Confirmation deposit is applied to the first quarter's tuition.

This estimate does not include any annual fee increases or any other required fees, such as registration or technology charges.

Financial Aid

Students in fee-based programs can apply for various forms of financial aid to help cover their educational costs, including federal and state grants, loans and work study. Danforth students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid to be eligible for these forms of financial assistance (due January 15). For more information on federal or state aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Danforth students are also eligible for special fellowships, scholarships and financial assistance programs. Prospective students should fill out an application form no later than February 15. These opportunities include:

  • Danforth Educational Leadership Scholarship
    A small number of scholarships may be made available to students currently enrolled in the Danforth program, depending on available program funds. These funds are awarded on the basis of unmet financial need and are disbursed during winter or spring quarter. Recent awards have ranged in size from $300 to $3,000 per eligible student. More information on these funds is provided to enrolled students during winter or spring quarter.
  • Kreielsheimer Endowment
    The Kreielsheimer Endowment for Seattle School Principals and Leaders provides fellowship awards to students in the Danforth Education Leadership Program. Students must be currently working in Seattle Public Schools and plan to complete their internship in Seattle as well. Selection is based on academic merit and recommendations from Seattle School districts, the Danforth program director and the Danforth admissions committee. Fellowship recipients agree to complete the Danforth program on schedule and make a reasonable, good faith effort to seek and accept appropriate employment as a school principal or administrator in Seattle Public Schools. If such employment is unavailable, recipients shall make a reasonable, good faith effort to seek and accept appropriate employment as a school principal or administrator at a school in Washington state. However, fellowship recipients will not be required to accept a position with SPS or in Washington state as a condition of the acceptance of the fellowship. Preference will be given to students who reduce their workload to less than 100 percent FTE. (Multiple awards of up to $10,000 each.)
  • Washington Mutual Diversity Leader Endowed Fellowship
    The Washington Mutual Diversity Leader Endowment Fellowship provides fellowship awards to graduate students in the UW College of Education. The fellowship has a preference for students who are members of disenfranchised and underserved communities, including communities of color, and who aspire to become public K-12 school principals, superintendents and education leaders. Selection is based on academic merit and recommendations from the Danforth program director and the Danforth admissions committee. (Multiple awards of up to $10,000 each.)
  • John E. Corbally Endowed Fellowship and Scholarship
    The purpose of the John E. Corbally Endowed Fellowship and Scholarship is to provide support to students in the principal or educational leadership program who are currently serving at the secondary school level. This gift was established in 1984 in memory of Dr. John E. Corbally, a faculty member who joined the UW College of Education in 1927. Selection is based on recommendations from the dean of the College of Education (or his or her designate), the Danforth program director and the Danforth admissions committee. (Corbally Fellowship, one award of up to $3,300; Corbally Scholarship, multiple awards of up to $2,000 each.)
  • T.A. Wilson Scholarship Fund in Education
    T.A. Wilson recognized the value of a good education at an early age. After receiving his degree in aeronautical engineering, Wilson had an illustrious career with Boeing, including serving as chairman of the board and CEO in 1972. The purpose of the T.A. Wilson Endowment is to provide support to students in the College of Education, in particular those in the principal or educational leadership programs. Selection is based on recommendations from the Danforth program director and the Danforth admissions committee. (One award of up to $2,240.)
  • Teach for America Alumni School Leader Fellowship
    With funding from the Kern Family Foundation, the Teach for America Alumni School Leader Fellowship provides fellowship awards to applicants to the Danforth Educational Leadership Program who are TFA alumni. Alumni status is defined as corps members who completed their two years in the corps and fulfilled their program requirements. Selection is based on recommendations from the TFA and Danforth scholarship committee. (Three awards of $10,000 each.)

Contact us for more information and application details.

Washington State Education Leadership Intern Program Grant: This competitive program provides state funds to reimburse school districts for the cost of hiring substitute teachers, allowing for the release of interns to participate in an administrator internship, such as the Danforth internship program. Potential interns must apply for funding; visit the Association of Washington School Principals website for more information.

Graduate Funding Information Service: This is a resource provided by UW Libraries that helps current and admitted graduate students identify different funding opportunities for their studies. Information and assistance is provided through the Graduate Funding Information Service web page, by email or in person. In-person opportunities include workshops, drop-in advising hours and appointments.

More information about educational funding can be found on the UW College of Education website. Because Danforth is a fee-based program, students many not be eligible for all the funding opportunities listed; Danforth students are ineligible for tuition exemptions or university grants, including the Husky Promise program.