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Danforth Educational Leadership Program

Costs & Financial Aid

student in classroomThe UW Danforth Educational Leadership program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program administered by the UW College of Education in partnership with UW Continuum College.


Course fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for resident (Washington state) students and nonresident students. In addition to course fees, students pay required fees each quarter, including registration, U-PASS and technology fees. Costs for textbooks and other course materials are extra.

Fees are due by the third Friday of the quarter. The estimate below is based on 2022–2023 rates and is subject to change.

Estimated Danforth Program Costs, 2022–2023

  Cost Description Certificate Only Certificate & Master's Degree
Initial Expenses Application Fee $85 $85
Confirmation Deposit* $250 $250
Other Expenses Textbooks (estimate) $300 $300
Summer Cohort Retreat Lodging & Meals $1,300 $1,300
Tuition ($625 per credit) $3,750 $3,750
Academic Year Tuition ($625 per credit) $22,500 $28,125
Estimated Total   $23,885 $29,510

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

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

Financial Aid and Other Funding

Students in the Danforth program are strongly encouraged to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required for many forms of aid, including scholarships and loans. For more information, visit the fee-based programs page of the Office of Student Financial Aid website. Fee-based students are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants.


Danforth students are also eligible for special program fellowships, scholarships and financial assistance programs. See the Scholarships page for more information.

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 internship grant page for more information.

Graduate Student Funding

The Graduate School’s Office of Fellowships & Awards is a resource for students seeking information about fellowships, awards and assistantships. The Graduate Funding Information Service assists UW graduate students in their search for funding opportunities for graduate school-related expenses. GFIS representatives host workshops, post funding announcements and meet one-on-one with students.

More information about educational funding can be found on the UW College of Education financial aid page. Because Danforth is a fee-based program, students many not be eligible for all funding opportunities listed.