Financing Your Education

University Tuition and Fees

See the cost of tuition and university fees.

Program Fees

In addition, there is a program fee of $4500 spread over three semesters that goes to support the Advisory Board and Career Services for you during and after the completion of your degree. 

Our CSS program is consistently one of the most cost effective programs in the cutting edge field of climate science! 

Students who are residents of 14 participating western states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands receive in state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program

Tuition Waivers

A limited number of tuition waivers are available within the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.  Please speak with the department regarding funding opportunities. 

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) Resident Tuition

The CSS program is a member of the Western Regional Graduate Program. Applicants from any of the 15 participating western states are eligible for in-state tuition. 

Depending on availability, the CSS program may also have some limited funding resources (e.g., tuition waivers) available to students accepted into the program. These funding sources will be awarded on an-as-needed basis.  Additional funding resources are available through independent scholarship and fellowship programs including the following:

Wyss Scholars: 

The Wyss Scholars Program supports the graduate education of future conservation leaders in the American West. Northern Arizona University is fortunate to be one of four universities (including University of Michigan, University of Montana, and Yale University) to host Wyss Scholars. These future conservation leaders focus their graduate education on conservation science and policy with the aim of applying this knowledge to their careers in land management agencies and non-profit conservation groups working to protect landscapes in the Intermountain West. This program provides half of tuition costs, a $5k summer research stipend and additional funding upon graduation for students that seek careers in land management agencies and non profit conservation groups. 

EPAZ Environmental Scholarship Program

Encouraging students who have invested their future in the environment, Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ) awards over $8,000 each year to graduate and undergraduate students in environmental programs in Arizona.

Professional Research Opportunities in Patagonia:

The School of Earth Science and Environmental Sustainability has partnered with the Omora Sub-Antarctic Research Alliance (OSARA) on a project funded by the National Science Foundation to provide opportunities to conduct scientific research in Argentina, based in the world’s southernmost city – Ushuaia. Patagonian Research Experiences in Sustainability Science (PRESS): Understanding Social-Ecological Drivers & Consequences of Global Change provides an in-depth research and educational experience in Patagonia, where the student will have the benefit of learning from the combined expertise of 17 Argentine scientific and management mentors from the Austral Center for Scientific Research (CADIC), Argentine National Parks Administration (APN), and the National Universities of Tierra del Fuego (UNTDF) and Southern Patagonia (UNPA). Graduate students with strong Spanish language skills may be eligible on a competitive basis to participate in a 15-20 week research program that covers housing costs and a stipend of $5,250 for participating researchers.

There are also a variety of funding sources available outside of the CSS program.  Please view these opportunities and apply as directed.