Cost to attend graduate school

Our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can help you estimate the cost to attend graduate school at NAU.  International students can view estimated costs to attend graduate school here.

See changes in federal financial aid for graduate students beginning July 2012.

Resources to help fund your education


We have resources for preparing competitive scholarship applications, information on available scholarships by discipline, and more.

Tuition Waiver Scholarships

Students enrolled full-time are eligible to apply for tuition waiver scholarships through their department of study. Scholarship waivers of resident tuition are available to Arizona residents, and scholarship waivers of the nonresident portion of tuition are available to nonresidents of Arizona.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded on the basis of:

  • academic merit, or
  • your ability to perform specific services, like being a residence hall director or research assistant 

Financial Aid for out-of-state students

Certain programs qualify students from specific western states to be eligible for in-state tuition rates. Find out if you’re eligible for the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP).

The NAU Good Neighbor Policy is for non-Arizona residents living in Nevada, Utah, California, or New Mexico within 75 miles of the Arizona border. You are eligible to attend in-person classes at a community campus in Arizona and pay resident tuition for up to 6 units.

Active Duty Military Rates

Northern Arizona University is honoring military personnel and veterans by offering Department of Defense Tuition Assistance rates for active duty military and National Guard personnel.  The university is also offering in-state tuition for military veterans. The Department of Defense tuition assistance is $250 per credit hour for active duty military members, the National Guard, and reserve forces personnel who qualify. Contact the Office of Military and Veteran Affairs to confirm your eligibility.

Tax Benefits 

See resources on income tax benefits associated with educational expenses.

Travel Awards

Learn move about the Graduate Student Government and the Office of the Provost-University College travel awards to fund your conference travel..

Other Types of Assistance

Employment, loans, childcare reimbursement, and research funding are options available to support you in getting an education.