Graduate Study

Costs & Funding

2020-2021 Tuition Rates & Fees

Tuition rates and fees for the next academic year are submitted to the UW Regents who will make the final decision on the rates in early summer prior to the start of the school year.

Full-Time Enrollment Up to 18 Credits

Washington State Resident

Autumn 2020$6,653$7,713$6,653
Winter 2021$6,653$7,713$6,653
Spring 2021$6,653$7,713$6,653


Autumn 2020$11,249$13,151$11,249
Winter 2021$11,249$13,151$11,249
Spring 2021$11,249$13,151$11,249

Refer to the RDN Training Costs page for complete tuition and fees if enrolling in GCPD.

Tuition for fewer than 6 or more than 18 credits

See the UW Office of Planning & Budgeting website for tuition information for fewer than 6 or more than 18 credits. Contact with questions.

Washington State Residency

For information on the requirements to be classified as a Washington State resident for tuition and fee purposes, please see the Residency Office website.

Program Funding

Teaching Assistantships

With more than 25 positions available each year, teaching assistantships (TA) make up most of the funding available for graduate students in the Nutritional Sciences Program. TAs are an integral part of our undergraduate teaching program and offer graduate students experience teaching and working with faculty.

TAs are recruited to support undergraduate courses in autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Open TA opportunities are advertised to current students prior to each quarter and applications are reviewed in a competitive selection process. TA positions are 20 hours per week and provide a three month salary (Graduate School Pay Schedule), a tuition waiver (except for some mandatory student fees), and GAIP health insurance for the quarter of the appointment.

Note: GCPD students are unable to hold TA positions during the three quarters of full-time practice experience.

Hourly Reader/Grader Positions

Hourly reader/grader positions are available for graduate students in autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Reader/Graders assist with course-related duties including grading student papers and examinations, attendance at lectures, office hours, consultation with instructors, and other duties as assigned, but do not have responsibility for teaching. The pay rate for positions in the 20-21 academic year is $20.40 per hour. The weekly hours vary by course needs and are provided in the position announcements. Hourly reader/grader positions do not provide a tuition waiver or insurance benefits.

Nutritional Sciences Graduate Scholarships

Several merit- and need-based endowed scholarships are available annually to current Nutritional Sciences graduate students. Scholarship applications are requested in early spring for the following academic year. These awards are intended to assist directly with tuition and other program related costs.

Additional Opportunities

School of Public Health

The School of Public Health lists student funding and opportunities including current fellowship, assistantship, and other funding opportunities available to students across the School. The School also offers a number of competitively awarded scholarships and fellowships.

Dietetics Scholarship Opportunities

GCPD students have been successful in obtaining scholarships from outside organizations such as the Washington State and national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Visit the WSAND and AND websites for more information.


See traineeships for information about 4 Maternal Child Health Bureau traineeships available to advanced Nutritional Sciences graduate students.

UW Resources

Office of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid provides information and applications for available loans, grants, and work-study positions. Please review their key dates and deadlines page for priority application dates.

Grants and Funding Information Service

The Grants and Funding Information Service (GFIS) at the University Libraries (in conjunction with the Graduate School) provides workshops and individual consultations to help identify the best resources in your search for funding. They have a collection of funding directories and their website has links to resources.

Emergency Aid

Emergency Aid assists students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that may disrupt their education or prevent them from earning their UW degree.