Costs & Financial Aid

compling costs & financial aid


The Master of Science in Computational Linguistics program is a self-sustaining, fee-based program. Instructional fees are charged on a per-credit basis and are the same for resident (Washington state) and non-resident students, including international students.

Cost per credit $810
Total number of credits required 43
Estimated total cost of degree $34,830*

*This estimate is based on 2016–2017 rates and does not factor in the cost of other required fees, textbooks or any annual fee increases.

In addition to instructional fees, students pay other required fees each quarter, including registration and technology fees. Fees are payable at the beginning of each quarter and are subject to change.

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. However, students in fee-based programs are not eligible for tuition exemptions or university grants, including the Husky Promise program.

For information on federal or state aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid. For general details about funding your graduate studies, see UW Libraries' Graduate Funding Information Service page.

Program Scholarships

There are a small number of program-specific scholarships available from the department, each one amounting to approximately one-third of the cost of program course fees per student. These scholarships are allocated on the basis of academic merit (academic record, evidence of personal initiative and research potential) and financial need. Academic merit is evaluated based on the application materials submitted by the prospective student, and financial need is based on the FAFSA.

Program scholarships are open to U.S. and international students. Applicants interested in these scholarships should submit the FAFSA on the same timeline as their application to the program.

Other Sources of Funding

Students in the master's in computational linguistics program may be eligible for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. A collection of links to additional potential funding resources for the field of linguistics is maintained by The Linguist List.

Some employers offer tuition benefits that may cover all or part of the cost of a graduate degree. Check with your employer to see if such a program is available.

Support for PhD Students

The UW Department of Linguistics offers four-year funding packages to PhD students admitted from the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics who have no other funding sources and who meet the department's criteria for satisfactory progress toward the degree. The support typically takes the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships and is subject to funding availability.


We are happy to answer any questions you have about the Master of Science in Computational Linguistics.